Nissan releases its 2021 Leaf EV: All the specs you need to know

Nissan is releasing its 2021 Leaf to coincide with the tenth year of its iconic electric hatchback line. The company is sticking to its formula of an affordable price and a decent set of features that has helped sell more than 500,000 units worldwide. Starting at $32,570, you can work your way up to $44,870 with options/upgrades thrown in.

The base model comes equipped with a 40 kWh battery, which keeps you going for 150 miles before needing to recharge. The Leaf Plus steps it up to 226 miles on a 62 kWh battery. Charging times vary between plugging into 120 volt outlets and 240 volts. Using the latter, you will get to 100% in about 7 hours. And you can start the charging and monitor it remotely, which is quite a neat feature to have. You also enjoy a limited warranty for the battery for eight years or 100,000 miles.

Speaking of electric motors, the base model is powered by one that can deliver 147 horsepower, which will take you from 0 to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds. If you opt for the Leaf Plus, that is an upgrade to a 214 horsepower electric motor. Either way, you get the e-Pedal feature that enables you to do things like set the car to recharge the battery when you decelerate.

The interior of the 2021 Leaf remains as roomy as its predecessor. It looks well put together, avoiding the tacky feel some would expect. You can even opt for a leather interior. Legroom and headroom are not an issue for most adults here. The seats are comfortable. The cargo capacity is more than ok, you can bring as much as you want on trips.

There is also the touchscreen display that most models can’t seem to do without these days (works with both Apple Carplay and Android Auto). Another display serves as the instrument cluster, which is reconfigurable to display what you want. You still get an analog speedometer to stare at occasionally though.

Nissan is hoping to lure audiophiles into buying the SL and SL Plus models with their Bose seven-speaker system.

The 2021 model also features a roster of safety features that is rather impressive in this price range; active lane control, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking, etc. You are also getting and energy-absorbing steering column. The Nissan 2021 is already on sale.

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