2015 Nissan Leaf Now Available in Acenta+ Grade in the UK

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Since it became production reality in 2010, the Nissan Leaf EV sold more than 180,000 units. The cars sold in Europe did their best to prevent 50 million kilograms of CO2 being released into the atmosphere. This isn’t just an electric car, but a staple. For the UK market, the Leaf pushes the boundaries even further by adding a new grade known as the Acenta+.
Rumor has it that an imminent Nissan Leaf update will see the addition of a 30 kWh battery to fend off competitors, until the all-new second generation debuts in 2016. With the Chevrolet Bolt slated to arrive for the 2017 model year, here is another reason for Nissan to launch the second-generation Leaf EV. But that is then and this is now, so what’s so interesting about the UK-spec Leaf Acenta+ trim level?

Slotted just below the range-topping Tekna, the Acenta+’s most important features come in the guise of 17-inch alloy wheels, a 6.6 kW on-board charger, a Mode 3 Type 2 (7 pin) cable, and a EVSE 32 amp (3 pin) cable. Priced at £24,740 (including the so-called Government Plug-in Grant), the British-built Nissan Leaf Acenta+ is an all-rounder of the electric vehicle world.

The 6.6 kW charger was previously available as an option and, according to the Japanese manufacturer, it’s able to recharge the 24 kWh lithium-ion battery to full capacity in four hours. Of course, the Tesla Model S and a Supercharger station can do better, but it costs a helluva lot of greenback to get a taste of Model S ownership. As ever, the max range if you drive this thing leisurely is 124 miles (200 kilometers).

According to Nissan, if you keep it at a steady 55 mph (88 km/h) with the air con on, the lithium-ion battery is depleted in 76 miles (122 kilometers). What rocks our boat the most is the design of the 17-inch alloy wheels. More specifically, the distinctive blue accents on the offset spokes give the newest member of the Leaf family an even bolder appearance despite its eco-friendly credentials.

For further information on the UK-spec 2015 Nissan Leaf, refer to the adjacent standard equipment list.
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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