Special Episode - 2019 Nissan Leaf e+ Impressions from NAIAS Detroit!

January 14, 2019

A focus on the newly announced Nissan Leaf e+, with an interview with Nissan USA Director of Marketing and a quick look at the enhanced Infotainment System!

Main differences from the 40kWh version:
Battery Pack: 62kWh
Fast Charging: up to 100kW, 70kW average (where supported)
Motor: 160kW
Torque: 250 ft-lb/350 nm
Infotainment: 8-inch screen, more responsive, OTA updates

My thanks to Nissan Canada for inviting me!

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    • Waiting for Byton M byte, owns a Tm3 P
      Waiting for Byton M byte, owns a Tm3 P

      I must give you credit for a positive review on this car. You are probably the only one that find good thing to say about updates that aren't that great. Since everyone else is negative against this car it's good some are positive on regards of those who actually bought it. Good job 👍

      about 1 month ago
    • EV Revolution
      EV Revolution In reply to Waiting for Byton M byte, owns a Tm3 P

      +Waiting for Byton M byte, owns a Tm3 P Hi yes agree, need more choice to get out of tailpipes. I'm sure Nissan may eventually integrate those features you state, however there is a market that simply does not care about most of that and that is proven in Nissan's continued sales. Over 400,000 Leafs and counting. Sure not as fast growth as Tesla and others coming up, but still decent. I look at the Leaf as the Tortoise in the "Tortoise and the Hare" story. You say customers are asking for these things, yet new Leafs continue to sell. So why does Nissan really have to offer liquid cooling, CCS, etc when there product still sells without them? I think the Plus has achieved what Nissan should have done for the 40kWh version, a better programmed BMS and chemistry change so that this new Plus has a more consistent driving and charging experience. So far, that is what I am seeing from the Plus.

      So while I appreciate what you are claiming "customers want", the reality is that this is not the case and then general buying public, just want a car to get in and drive and really not have to worry about wh/km and all that stuff. And that is what Nissan gives them. A good all-purpose valued BEV. Not a leader in any category, but a solid offering in all!

      about 1 month ago
    • Waiting for Byton M byte, owns a Tm3 P
      Waiting for Byton M byte, owns a Tm3 P In reply to Waiting for Byton M byte, owns a Tm3 P

      EV Revolution I will soon pick up my 3 leaf. It will be the 62kwh. But I think that will be my last Nissan. The future for we be in other cars like Byton. What's important is that people do the change to EVs. What car they drive isn't so important. But when it comes down to a personal level , it's the car that will be most important for people most. I hope Nissan do the bms change that they should 2 years ago. Liquid cooling , CCS charging .... They need to listen to what the customer want in Europe and North America , not just in Japan.

      about 1 month ago
    • EV Revolution
      EV Revolution In reply to Waiting for Byton M byte, owns a Tm3 P

      Hello and thanks. Appreciate you watching. Yes there are a lot of Nissan haters out there who love to make their voices heard. To me, this shows that they are not really caring about the bigger picture of affecting climate change in a positive manner and making a difference, but for either money, glory and/or to push one agenda.


      To me, we need every vendor making EVs and adoption needs to increase 50x to make a difference. Nissan was the first out of the gate to produce and market a mass-affordable BEV with the Leaf and over 400,000 have been sold globally. I respect that and as you've pointed out, can find positives in every EV out there today. They all have pros and cons but the key is we need more choice and this new Leaf Plus can fit very nicely into many non-EV driveways!

      about 1 month ago
    • Edwin Rodriguez
      Edwin Rodriguez

      In order for electric cars to be more efficient , we need super chargers everywhere ! Level 2 charging does not make sense !

      about 1 month ago
    • Edwin Rodriguez
      Edwin Rodriguez In reply to Edwin Rodriguez

      I have a 2016 nissan leaf sv and I love driving to work & around town .

      about 1 month ago
    • Edwin Rodriguez
      Edwin Rodriguez In reply to Edwin Rodriguez

      I agree , maybe fast food places can install super chargers , and your car can charge if needed while you & the kids eat or use the restroom .

      about 1 month ago
    • EV Revolution
      EV Revolution In reply to Edwin Rodriguez

      Hello Edwin, thanks for watching and for your comments. I beg to differ, Level 2 is primary for at home charging. Also for workplace and public parking lots and most shopping malls, etc. Level 3 is primarily used for longer distance travelling or going beyond your daily range with a short time period.


      I understand many who purchase BEVs and don't have home charging (like Condo residents, etc.) use Level 3 as their primary source of charging, however I would encourage Level 2 as a better source for all day charging needs (like when you are at work, you can charge). If available.


      We will get more Level 3's as well to encourage more EV adoption, however Level 2's are better than nothing, especially when costs and power availability don't warrant the deployment of a Level 3.

      about 1 month ago
    • Rick Deckard
      Rick Deckard

      Great job Ken, thanks for the coverage.

      about 4 months ago
    • EV Revolution
      EV Revolution In reply to Rick Deckard

      Thanks Rick for the feedback and for watching!

      about 4 months ago
    • Annamarie Bohus
      Annamarie Bohus

      Ken, after reading some of the other comments here, I must mention that I really appreciate that you give honest, unbiased, intelligent opinion, news, and updates, NOT sensationalist diatribes like so many of YouTubers are doing. That is why I subscribe to you, and support you, and NOT them. Your integrity puts you far above the rest. Kudos, and please don't ever change !!

      about 4 months ago
    • EV Revolution
      EV Revolution In reply to Annamarie Bohus

      Hello and thanks for the kind comments and feedback. That is what I am about.

      about 4 months ago
    • goforsteve
      goforsteve

      Hi! Did you check the steering wheel controls for depth? As I know, the old Leaf has no control for that...

      about 4 months ago
    • goforsteve
      goforsteve In reply to goforsteve

      Ok, thank you! I like your work. Thanks!

      about 4 months ago
    • EV Revolution
      EV Revolution In reply to goforsteve

      Hello goforsteve, thanks for watching! No I did not give that a try, so for now I'm going to guess it does not telescope.

      about 4 months ago
    • Electric Swede
      Electric Swede

      A big problem with ChaDeMo is that the infrastructure in Europe now is fully set to expand CCS and ChaDeMo will fall back and become much more uncommon. In a couple of years, there will be a big disadvantage to have ChaDeMo than CCS. :/ The Ionity network only have CCS....

      about 4 months ago
    • EV Revolution
      EV Revolution In reply to Electric Swede

      We will see. However it CCS is something you really want and need, then there are other choices available and more coming!

      about 4 months ago
    • goforsteve
      goforsteve In reply to Electric Swede

      This car will be produced in low volume, so they already miss the target. We have to wait for 2020 to see a CCS version.

      about 4 months ago
    • Electric Swede
      Electric Swede In reply to Electric Swede

      +EV Revolution Yea, I know why they keep with it.. But since Europé has made CCS as standard I think Nissan will miss out big time if they don't change or have double charge ports (that could be a solution.. Both CCS and ChaDeMo.).
      I heared that CCS 3.0 will support V2G and V2H as well.. Maybe they can change then?
      As more and more EVs are on the road and the ChaDeMo chargers also has CCS-plugs there will be queues on them.. And while CCS-vehicle can choose other newer chargers when that one is occupied I'm afraid we Leaf owners will just have to wait a lot. We are not there yet.. But the big networks that are starting to be built now only have CSS.
      I hope I am wrong.. ;)

      about 4 months ago
    • EV Revolution
      EV Revolution In reply to Electric Swede

      Hi Electric Swede, thanks for watching and for comments. It may, but will have to see. There is quite a lot of CHAdeMO already with more being built, so with the longer ranges it may suffice. As you heard, the bi-directional charging is why Nissan keeps CHAdeMo. Plus, it's already at a newer standard and continued efforts are being made for future revisions.

      about 4 months ago
    • M Carter
      M Carter

      Thanks for this. Some might differ as to whether CHAdeMO is a standard at this point - I think Nissan and Mitsubishi are the only companies still using it for forthcoming products. It would be fascinating to hear the details of their 100kW-capable DCFC build-out plan (requires >= 275A?), since I have to use non-Nissan associated chargers to get the full 50kW rate on a 2017. Do you feel there is a trust issue with Nissan? At what price levels would these 3 models be competitive with other brands? What company is their charging station partner for 100kW? The Leaf is a solid, well-built car - just wish we didn't redline the battery temp on our 200-400mi. trips.

      about 4 months ago
    • EV Revolution
      EV Revolution In reply to M Carter

      Hi M Carter, thanks for watching and for comments/questions. Many chargers in Europe and North America are being outfitted for faster charging, up to 350kW so I don't think faster CHAdeMO is any problem. I think a pretty full charge in 45 minutes or less is adequate for trips as going for 250-300+ kms in one stretch requires a stop for bladder anxiety, if not range anxiety! I don't see CHAdeMO as any problems. Most DCFC stations are dual CCS and CHAdeMO.


      With regards to a trust, I have no reason to distrust Nissan so I don't see why this is a question. You could ask this of any car manufacturer (I don't trust GM as far as I can throw them, nor Chrysler for that matter). Bail them out and they close plants without even fully paying back the bail outs! What a sham that is!


      As far as price levels, it's going to depend on what the final North American pricing will be. We have some estimates and the Leaf's are priced accordingly within their class and battery size. You will have to do the comparison yourself based on your location and pricing that is announced.


      In the USA, EVgo is partnering with Nissan and FLO in Canada for fast charging.


      I understand about the Leaf and battery temp concerns. The throttling is there to protect the pack on the 40kWh version. With an update BMS, this should allow for a bit more faster charging for a bit longer in order to ease the multiple DCFC experience. However, this is not a normal experience for the vast majority of owners as a common occurrence. If you find you need longer range than what the 40kWh Leaf can provide, then look for something else.


      Nowadays, with all we do know about the Leaf and other vehicles, buyers can be much more educated when choosing what is right for their needs, budgets, etc.

      about 4 months ago
    • Jean-Pierre White
      Jean-Pierre White

      When you asked about the battery chemistry he responded with how the modules are packaged to reduce heat buildup, didn't really talk about the chemistry per se.

      about 4 months ago
    • EV Revolution
      EV Revolution In reply to Jean-Pierre White

      Hello and thanks for watching. Yes because he did not know the actual chemistry change details. He is a marketing guy, not an engineer. I tried to find an engineer but none were there. I will try to get more specifics from Nissan in the coming weeks.

      about 4 months ago
    • courtney Vegan
      courtney Vegan

      Analog speedo, no vegan interior option, Fail.

      about 4 months ago
    • EV Revolution
      EV Revolution In reply to courtney Vegan

      Hello Courtney, well the Vegan is correct, the speedo is partly correct as there is also a digital speed available in one of the views on the binnacle. I just did not show it in my quick pass thru the dash, but I did in my 40kWh video review last year. I don't consider the car a fail.

      about 4 months ago
    • IMHO
      IMHO

      @3:30 it seems like he’s trying to say that since there is more battery capacity (62 kWh vs 40 kWh), the battery will charge and discharge at a lower C-rate, which will of course create less of a temperature change in the battery pack.

      The “chemistry difference” is most likely just using high CAPACITY/ low ENERGY cells because the added kWh will make up for lower power density.

      I think at this point all we can do is wait until the Leaf gets in the hands of those who will push it to the limits.

      And the price. The price is very important. Right now you can get a 40 kWh leaf with 100,000 mile degradation warranty for $30k, or $0.30/mile till the warranty ends. If Nissan bumps up the warranty to 120k miles, for a $35k Leaf, then it’s still $0.30/mile of warranty.

      Maybe someone in a cold climate that is getting winter range anxiety on his commute will benefit greatly from this bigger battery.

      about 4 months ago
    • EV Revolution
      EV Revolution In reply to IMHO

      Hi IMHO, yes that is what I took from the comments too. Better tolerance to heat, even if slight, is good. I'm pretty sure there is no 120k miles warranty bump up - e+ has same warranty as 40kWh. However, once it is delivered we will know for sure.


      Yes we can wait for those UK and Norwegian EV Road Warriors to push the Leaf e+ to the limits again and I'm sure we will hear some complaints. However remember, for 99% of people looking into BEVs, they will not need to push it to the limits so these reviews will be someone moot.


      And yes, for Canadian and other country winter climates, I would love to have the additional range. However, even with my first winter experience in a BEV and my 40kWh Leaf, I've only had to take one of my other cars (ICEV) once on a trip where I did not think the Leaf would make it between RC stations. In some areas of Ontario, we still have big gaps in RC coverage so I didn't chance it and too my Sentra. Otherwise since I got my Leaf last May, I've never had to do that. Proves my point that if you know your driving needs and habits, a less expensive model BEV can do the job nicely.

      about 4 months ago
    • Chris Till
      Chris Till

      Interesting what he says about lessening the heat problem with the new battery, but just put liquid cooling in the car. And the screen still doesn’t look that impressive. It seems as if Japanese cars tend to have the worst infotainment.

      about 4 months ago
    • Chris Till
      Chris Till In reply to Chris Till

      EV Revolution Yeah you’re right that it’s just us hardcore EV people who even know about it.

      I wouldn’t say they’ve lost me as a future customer, but for sure the Leaf is super expensive for someone like me, and also too big for my use case. There are still no truly affordable EVs on sale that I know of. Once you add in fuel and maintenance, the Zoe and Smart are close but even they are probably not going to be there for another couple of years.

      I’d love for Nissan to come out with a small, fun EV for £15k or so. I’d be into that for sure.

      about 4 months ago
    • EV Revolution
      EV Revolution In reply to Chris Till

      Thanks Chris, I understand your Nissan thoughts and I don't think the PR is as bad as you and most die-hard Evers think. The average consumer looking into EVs has no idea about this stuff. So that is why it is important to understand a new buyers needs, uses and budgets in order to map in valid BEV options.


      Nissan really does not care about the rapid gate nonsense since it has not hurt their sales one bit. More choice on the market is what is taking a chunk out of maybe their sales and others. And that is a good thing. It's too bad they lost you as a future customer, however I am glad you are sticking with BEVs and yes the Koreans are making some huge waves in this market and rightly so. I am super impressed with the Niro EV that it's my pick for EV of the Year! And yes, they need to make more of them for sure!


      Thanks for the feedback as well! Love this interaction and comments, great to see so much passion and dialogue! :)

      about 4 months ago
    • Chris Till
      Chris Till In reply to Chris Till

      EV Revolution I totally agree with you Ken. 95% of people or more will have no issues even if it does heat up when doing long trips. Probably including myself as I generally like to cruise and take my time on road trips. But I just feel like they are shooting themselves in the foot and allowing bad PR to continue to dog them.

      I also appreciate Nissan for making more EVs than any of the other fossil manufacturers. That’s important. But as far as my own personal excitement, I have to say that Nissan have completely lost me. Hopefully they win me back soon with some cool new EV. But for right now, I’m so much more impressed with what Hyundai and Kia are doing. They just need to make more of them.

      Loving the show and your commitment to the cause :)

      about 4 months ago
    • EV Revolution
      EV Revolution In reply to Chris Till

      Hi Chris, thanks for watching and for comments. I think everyone needs to get over the fact that Nissan at least for now, is not putting liquid cooling in their consumer BEV cars. That is their choice and the still see a very sizeable marketplace to go after where the Leaf and Leaf e+ fit very nicely.


      For many consumers, no liquid cooling will not impact their daily driving needs and travel needs, as long as they are aware of the characteristics of the Leaf when it comes to fast charging. I believe the e+ will overcome most of the use cases out there, however someone I am sure will find a way to bash it anyway. It's not a car for everyone, just like the Model 3 is not, so that is why we have choice. So everyone needs to stop harping on the fact than Nissan does not have liquid cooling right now and if that is important to a prospective EV buyer, then there are many other choices to consider. This is a good thing.


      Just like you have a $10 gallon of paint which will cover your wall, a $30 gallon of paint which will cover your wall and a $70 gallon of paint which will cover your wall. Each will have features/benefits and pros/cons that you have the choice to make to pick which one is best for YOU - not for what is best for someone else!


      As far as the screen goes, yes it is still not as impressive as say VW's is (IMO they have one of the best interiors), however it's a nice step in a positive direction in which Nissan recognized that they could improve a few small things in this e+ option as well as offering OTA updates which to me, brings them into the 21st century. Not all EV manufacturers offer OTA still.

      about 4 months ago
    • DersimLondon
      DersimLondon

      1: you gave him a very easy pass on the battery cooling tech which would be massive factor on people buying this car, if they believe in it so much they should give a solid 10 Year 100,000 mile warranty.

      2: I would be pissed if I bought this last year to have and to have the Streo updated to much, why not have this released with last years 40kwh model, not like it’s an amazing update. Just shows last years model was a stop gap. The 2019 model should of been out last year with the two battery versions.

      3: why not just give out prices, can’t be that difficult. If I had to have choice of of Kia e-Niro / Kona Ev or this I know I go for the vehicle with liquid active cooling battery, longer range, probably cheaper and longer warranty version.

      Also when The cheaper model 3 comes out Nissan Leaf will be some for.

      I can see the depreciation of this car to be crazy after 2/3 years.

      If you get a good enough lease deal worth it. Other wise I would give it a pass.

      about 4 months ago
    • EV Revolution
      EV Revolution In reply to DersimLondon

      Hello Mikael, thanks for watching and for comments. No use in looking at Depreciations numbers since really all cars suffer from this. Some more than others. Especially BEVS. With little historical data yet by comparison to ICEVs, they typically depreciate relatively fast. Tesla has managed to maintain a higher than average value against others in the same class point, however that is mainly because of their luxury brand segment.  

      To be frank, if you are worried about depreciation on a Leaf or a Bolt or a Ioniq, etc. then Lease and don't buy. You will get a guaranteed residual value at the end of your term then walk away. 

       If you are like me who really does not give a crap about that and don't want to throw money away on Leasing with paying forever, I buy my cars and keep them till they die. So depreciation means nothing to me. It's all what is important to you and other buyers so make your decisions based on that.  

      With regards to testing Nissans claims, I certainly hope to get my hands on an e+ this year to try it. The updated BMS for the Gen 2.0 has already been proven to decrease fast charging times under same circumstances as Leaf's with the previous version BMS. So nothing really to check with regards to charging issues as the e+ is shipping with this newer firmware.  

      I understand about CCS however you have to remember why Nissan and others continue to support CHAdeMO based on their other energy efforts, which may not yet be big here in North America, but are certainly huge in Asia and spreading in Europe.

      about 3 months ago
    • Mikael Pettersson
      Mikael Pettersson In reply to DersimLondon

      Depreciation would be a nice segment to survey. Time will tell and i hope Ken get a chance to review and test their claims. It appears they have fixed the rapid charging issue. I’m a little let down that they didn’t use ccs.

      about 3 months ago
    • EV Revolution
      EV Revolution In reply to DersimLondon

      Hello DersimLondon, thanks for watching and for all your feedback and comments. Let me try to address these.


      1. Nope I did not, Nissan has chosen the passive cooling way for their current BEV models so no need to argue about why/why not change it since that is what is offered. If you look at my comments above, you will see I address this too. Why change the warranty when the vast majority of other auto manufacturers have the same? No need. Yes I'd love to see it, but as a business why would I give more away for free if I don't have too.


      2. Don't agree at all. I bought the 40kWh last year based on my needs at that time and budget. I have no regrets as we all understand that technology improves every year - that is a common trend on all tech including cars. Nothing new with this. Are you pissed that you by an iPhone X and next year the iPhone XS is launched with battery battery life, faster performance and nicer screen (or whatever new and improved specs it has)? Well if you are pissed than than is just plain ignorance on your part for not seeing that technology is always leapfrogging in price/performance and will never end. Same with cars.


      Also, the e+ is NOT to replace the 40kWH, it is to be sold as another BEV option for consumers. As Brian said in the interview, this is not a replacement but a side-by-side sales strategy to increase the Leaf footprint to a larger market. So the improvements are well in line with an upgraded model - Tesla and all manufacturers do this so this is not just Nissan. I don't think Nissan was ready from a battery perspective to put out the 62kWh version last year simply because they were trying to sell AESC and that put a hold on the timing. That's my opinion.


      3. Pricing has been released in many countries and if you watch my last video, you will see I extrapolate estimates for North America pricing based on these numbers. And again, when a new vehicle is launched at car shows, it's not uncommon for all manufacturers to not have pricing announced yet since they are months away from starting deliveries. Again a common practise for all, so why are you picking on Nissan? Your bias here is really showing. I know the Leaf is not perfect for everyone, however I'm as open and objective about it, not close minded like many.


      I hope the cheaper Model 3 will do very well, however that is still a wait and see. I'm still struggling to believe that Tesla will actually be able to sell it for $35K - look at the last couple of days - laying off people, cutting referral program, increasing SC costs - all because they need to get a real business profit and margin from a base $35K model 3. I personally don't think they are there yet to sustain that. There is a huge backorder and demand for the base unicorn model 3 and that will take away sales from the mid and long-range models today, which these two are more profitable. So it's not a surprise that Tesla has held off on the base for so long - just disappointing and pissing off the tens of thousands (hundreds of thousands) of people waiting since 2016 with their reservation and only seeing more expensive model 3 trims being sold to net new orders and delivered in 3-6 weeks. That is terrible on Tesla's part.


      You can give the Leaf a pass as that is your choice, however at least get all your info correct and make an informed and unbiased decision, rather than just simply discounting the Leaf because you like another brand better. You have that choice to look at what is right for you and that is the wonderful thing that many miss. The Leaf is still the number 1 selling BEV model of all time, with over 380,000 sold to date. I predict it will still continue to sell well and the e+ option will help to grow the marketshare for Nissan.


      Remember that the entire global sales of EVs (PHEV, BEV and Hybrids) for consumer vehicles is only at 2%. This market is HUGE and the more manufacturers have choices for this market, the better!

      about 4 months ago
    • R
      R

      What of 0-60 acceleration?

      about 4 months ago
    • R
      R In reply to R

      +EV Revolution Thanks for the reply. A 0-60 time of 6 secs wohld be quick enough for my needs. I might be looking out for a 2nd hand leaf 62kw a few years from now.

      about 4 months ago
    • EV Revolution
      EV Revolution In reply to R

      Hello R, thanks for watching and for your question. I've not seen a 0-60 yet (does not mean a number is not out there), but the current 40kWh Leaf with the 110kW motor and 210 ft-lbs of torque, achieves a 7.9 sec run. So with the e+ having the 160kW motor and 250 ft=lbs of torque, with only a bit more weight added on for the pack size increase, I would estimate a 25% more power to the wheel increase and if I shave off 25% of the current 0-60 time, that would estimate it to be in the mid to high 6 second range. So a second off the current probably seems reasonable. I'm sure it will come out soon.

      about 4 months ago
    • Andrew Le
      Andrew Le

      You didnt press him on the still old air-cooled battery system..

      about 4 months ago
    • Mark Fitzpatrick
      Mark Fitzpatrick In reply to Andrew Le

      The people that have 2011-2018 leafs will still need chademo it is not going away in us or japan. We have combo chargers so no problem people need to stop forcing the issue .

      about 3 months ago
    • Andrew Le
      Andrew Le In reply to Andrew Le

      +andrés .yohai Well, it wasnt answered directly.

      about 4 months ago
    • Andrew Le
      Andrew Le In reply to Andrew Le

      +EV Revolution I see... That's cool you want to stay professional with your questions. Understood. I would guess if you didnt ask him that question earlier off-camera, and you asked him during on-camera that he would be nervous or maybe even defensive in his answer or dismiss the question and side-step it... Anyways, many sites have basically said by now that it is using its AESC /NEC battery with no real cooling at all, just passive air-cooled as before... So even though Nissan reps have said they have new tech to prevent battery degradation in the past, time will tell if that is true or not... Still I'm disappointed they didnt go with LG Chem as been rumoured before now... Alas... And unfortunately in my area for this LR EV I am wanting to get to upgrade my current LEAF 2017, my only real choices (for sale) is Nissan LEAF or Chevy Bolt EV. I hope that Hyundai Kona Electric or Kia Niro EV will come to my area since both still have more range than this latest Nissan LEAF 2019...

      about 4 months ago
    • EV Revolution
      EV Revolution In reply to Andrew Le

      Hi andres and thanks also @Andrew Le for both of you watching the show and for commenting. Yes you are correct, I made no mention of active cooling on camera. That is because I asked him off camera before we shot the interview and he did not know or want to comment. So right now, this rumour is unsubstantiated in my opinion. However, I am meeting with some other Nissan folks here in Canada in the next couple of weeks and I hope to find out for sure this answer.


      Now, what andres stats is correct. I was a bit surprised at this as I too had not heard from all the other you tubers who have had a chance to look at the e+ about this chemistry change fact. So I got the scoop on this!! That is my style, why am I going to corner some dude to just yell at him and complain for not doing something when I can be more professional and ask good questions to get good answers. Marketing people love to talk about what they market so why not let them at it.


      That is the main difference between me and pretty well all of the larger EV-related YouTubers out there - they do what they do more for financial gain and for "national enquirer" type behaviours at times. Sensationalize something that is not needed to be sensationalize. I call this the CNN "breaking news" syndrome. Every story now from CNN is breaking news so I don't even watch them anymore.


      I try to report on facts and pros and cons in a professional and courteous manner. I understand not every BEV is going to fit every persons wants and project all sides. Also I put things into perspective. So the few dozen people out of 380,000 Leaf owners want to drive the crap out of their 40kWh Leaf every day and experience rapidgagte issue. That does not mean the Leaf is a bad choice for the other 379,900 or so owners who bought one?


      I encourage you Andrew and all my viewers and those interested in the EV world to keep open minds and not be so easy to go down negative news ratholes and latch on to just that.

      about 4 months ago
    • andrés .yohai
      andrés .yohai In reply to Andrew Le

      The answer has already been given, they changed the chemistry to lower internal resistance.
      This makes for lesser heat generation inside the batt., therefore it can be charged/discharged at a faster rate for a given temp. rise.
      How will it compare to the best ones in the market will be answered by reviewers in the future.
      I am dissapointed at all the youyubers i've watched earlier; not a single one ascertained to speculate that
      Nissan took the step of lowering internal resistance. Everyone complained about not implementing liquid
      cooling.

      about 4 months ago
    • Alain Sylvestre
      Alain Sylvestre

      What about the speed of charging in level 2 (220v) ? It supposed to be in the range of 11kW on what we knewn from some spec last year.

      about 4 months ago
    • EV Revolution
      EV Revolution In reply to Alain Sylvestre

      Hello Alain, I can't confirm that as I did forget to ask L2 speeds so for now I would state its' still the current 6.6kW. However, I would think it would be more so will ask this info when I see Nissan in another week or so. Thanks for asking!

      about 4 months ago
    • Gilles Pelletier
      Gilles Pelletier

      Very nice interview. I learned a lot more on new features than all the others chanel. Ken you beat them all!
      First on new battery's chemistry and hands on on the infotainment with its new look also full info on OTA update capabilities. Job well done!

      about 4 months ago
    • EV Revolution
      EV Revolution In reply to Gilles Pelletier

      Hello Gilles, much thanks for you watching and for your feedback. Yes I was excited to get some good information in a professional and sincere manner. That's my style and I'm certainly growing my contacts within the manufacturer realms. Keep tuned for more info as I need to confirm the active cooling rumour (air via fan) and get L2 charging specs (11kW rumour).

      about 4 months ago
    • Robert Tuell
      Robert Tuell

      Still the same old analog speedometer

      about 4 months ago
    • Phil Easler
      Phil Easler In reply to Robert Tuell

      I like the new speedometer

      about 3 months ago
    • EV Revolution
      EV Revolution In reply to Robert Tuell

      Hello Edwyn, I see your point but at least they put both in the Gen 2. It's a personal choice and very subjective of a traditional analogue versus a digital speedo. I know many people who hate digital, so at least you have both in the newer Leaf.

      As I've discussed at great lengths and passion, Nissan's decision to stay with passive cooling for them works and that's what they want to do for now. They have their reasons, most likely cost and profit margins, but they offer a good BEV choice for thousands of consumers. You have the choice to go with their approach or not - so why slam them. No reason too.

      The "battery issue" you state is really a moot point as I've never seen any quantitative data to support these negative claims. With the hundreds of thousands of Leafs sold globally, if this issue was as bad as a few say, then I'm sure we would have seen much more actions taken by Nissan. Simple cost of business is not good if you are constantly fixing/changing battery packs due to warranty claims.

      Currently, they still use AESC for the 2.0 and 3.0 Leafs and they've made no official announcements or statements regarding partnering with LG Chem.

      about 4 months ago
    • Edwyn Corteen
      Edwyn Corteen In reply to Robert Tuell

      +EV Revolution They may have both but the Digital one above the steering wheel in the Mk 1 Leaf is so much easier to see whilst driving without taking your eye off the road!

      Going back to an analogue speedo was the worst decision they made after not cooling the battery properly.

      As to the battery issue, I seem to remember seeing somewhere when the Gen 2 Leaf was introduced, that the shape was only an interim for two years or so before they give us a completely new version, I predict that this one will have properly cooled LG Chem batteries.

      about 4 months ago
    • EV Revolution
      EV Revolution In reply to Robert Tuell

      Yes, the Gen 1 Leafs all have digital only! Gen 2 and Gen 3 (Nissan calls the e+ Leaf 3.0) have both!

      about 4 months ago
    • EV Revolution
      EV Revolution In reply to Robert Tuell

      Hi Robert, yes but it does offer a digital speedo on the binnacle display if you scroll thru the view options it will appear. I just did not show it on this video because I did on my review of my own 40kWh Leaf last summer. You can check out that video and see the digital display. It works well but I'm old school and am used to analog so I never use the Digital.

      about 4 months ago
    • arlandanights
      arlandanights

      This 8 inch Will also be available for the 40kwh model

      about 4 months ago
    • EV Revolution
      EV Revolution In reply to arlandanights

      Hello and thanks for watching! I think the VW EVs will be great!

      about 4 months ago
    • arlandanights
      arlandanights In reply to arlandanights

      EV Revolution ok thx for a very nice video. Great job. I Will buy the VW ID or crozz i hope..

      about 4 months ago
    • EV Revolution
      EV Revolution In reply to arlandanights

      Hi thanks! That is great to know and makes sense. I just did not want to confirm it without actually getting info from Nissan. It may be a regional standardizing (Europe versus Asia/Pac versus North America), so I will need to get clarification. Nissan manufactures the Leaf in 3 plants: Japan, UK and USA. They don't all offer the same trim versions and packages across the board. So in Europe the 40's can be coming now with the new screen as standard and 2-tone paint (which I love btw!) and this may not be offered in the other regions. Especially North America. One example is the Park Assist. We did not get this here in North America at all on the 40kWh version. Was not available even as an option.


      I'll try to get specifics but it would make sense if Nissan did offer the new screen across all models and Geos.

      about 4 months ago
    • arlandanights
      arlandanights In reply to arlandanights

      +EV Revolution here in Sweden it is also 8 inch in the New 40kwh MY 2020 from summer.. you can order it now and its called zero 3 40kwh. And u can order it with 2 tone paint for all paints . We also have the prices 😁👌 Love your Youtube. I sub now 🚘👏

      about 4 months ago
    • EV Revolution
      EV Revolution In reply to arlandanights

      Hello arlandanights, thanks for watching and for your comment. I am not aware of that and I've not seen that confirmed, so I will try to find that out. My understanding currently is that it is not.

      about 4 months ago
    • McGoo x
      McGoo x

      Leaf Gen 1 owners are not like the Tesla lemmings, if Nissan continues to not explain all aspects of Leaf ownership, like what do you do when you do when you have a great car that is rendered a shadow of its' original self by constant need for topping up. Then introduce a predatory battery replacement plan ($10,000 US) destroying any resale value, KIA and Hyundai will benefit. Caveat Emptor

      about 4 months ago
    • McGoo x
      McGoo x In reply to McGoo x

      Correct unless all sides of the LEAF experience are available then a shrewd consumer goes into the decision process without all available ammunition (:

      about 4 months ago
    • McGoo x
      McGoo x In reply to McGoo x

      My point was they are pricing battery replacement based on new car sales not on long term customer relations. $200 US per KW hr = $4,800 plus $1,000 assembly and shipment to dealer, $1,500 to dealer for markup and install $2,000 surplus for what? New Leaf experience is Christmas future based on Gen 1 history Christmas past (:

      about 4 months ago
    • EV Revolution
      EV Revolution In reply to McGoo x

      Ok, well I had an ICEV with 200,000kms on it, a 2008, and in 2016 the engined died and needed a full replacement. This was after babying that car (ran only full synthetic oil, did maintenance on a regular basis, etc. Manufacturer wanted $6000 for the new engine and labor and I sold the car to a junk yard. So how is this "predatory practice"? I applaud you McGoo for being one of the first early adopters of BEVs. However you have to know that with any early adoption of new technology, there is always inherent risk. With your Leaf today, I could still get back and forth to work every day with it, even with the lower range availability you state. So even your well used Leaf can still work as a great daily commuter for thousands of people. Maybe not you today, but others. So why is this a bad thing? If it's not doing what you need it to do now, then trade it in and get something else. Or a cheaper route is replace the battery for $10K and you have yourself basically a new car again, as you state it could still go another 8 years! Why is this a waste? You can reuse the rest of the car and just change the pack for another 8 years! That is a stellar model!

      about 4 months ago
    • EV Revolution
      EV Revolution In reply to McGoo x

      Hi @McGoo and R, thanks for comments and for watching my show! I don't think what Nissan has come out with is a negative. The 40kWh and 62kWh Leafs are both great BEVs and a good choice for many uses cases. They are not for all and that is the beauty of having more choice in this ever growing marketplace.

      about 4 months ago
    • McGoo x
      McGoo x In reply to McGoo x

      Bought my Leaf in 2011, 160 km range, now I am lucky to get 108 at full charge. Turn on the heater that drops to 85. Travel at 80km plus and you are lucky to net 40 KMs. Replace the battery $10,000 US Predatory practice by NISSAN, (why sell you a battery when they can hook you for a new car) retained value of the car is crap. Car was made in Japan and will go another 8 years easy. Such a waste They still do not use industry standard battery temp control so it is a looser.

      about 4 months ago
    • Annamarie Bohus
      Annamarie Bohus

      Thanks for another very interesting episode, Ken!! Much appreciate your keen eye and thorough update on the new Nissan Leaf! Wow, really cool stuff !!

      about 4 months ago
    • EV Revolution
      EV Revolution In reply to Annamarie Bohus

      Thanks Annamarie for watching and for feedback!

      about 4 months ago