The most popular electric model in the world is about to become even more popular, as Nissan is introducing a new set of important changes that will make the Leaf even more appealing to customers. 

The Japanese manufacturers sees the improvements in range of electric vehicles and acts accordingly. The new Leaf 30 kWh is an updated version of the electric compact car, that uses a new 30kWh battery to deliver a longer range. It gives drivers 155 miles of motoring range, beating all of its competitors in the segment. Available on Acenta and Tekna trim grades, it has exactly the same exterior dimensions as existing 24kWh unit and only a modest 21 kg increase in weight.

Key to the new battery’s higher performance is an update to its internal design and chemistry. The introduction of Carbon, Nitrogen and Magnesium to the electrodes improves performance, while the change to the cell layout also contributes to the gain. Nissan is also confident about the reliability of the new 30kWh battery considering the capacity will be covered by an eight year, 100,000 mile warranty. 

The LEAF 30 kWh introduces a significant update to this unique technology with a new NissanConnect EV system that replaces the previous Carwings setup. It retains all the elements of the original system, but adds new features, a much-simplified activation process and a new design.

One of the many advances of the new NissanConnect EV system is the new charging map that is capable of showing which charging points are available and which are being used. Designed to offer seamless integration with the new-generation NissanConnect EV infotainment system, it also features a completely revised navigation system, maintenance alerts and a car-finder facility. 

Sales of the model year 2016 Nissan Leaf 30kW will begin in the UK in December 2015. Priced from £24,490 for the Acenta trim, the Leaf 30kW is available for just £1,600 more than the equivalent Leaf with a 24kW battery.