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2019 Nissan Leaf coming to Malaysia: What you want to know

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KUALA LUMPUR: The new 2019 Nissan Leaf is expected to be launched in Malaysia soon by Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd (ETCM), the local distributor of Nissan vehicles.

ETCM claims the new Leaf with its new 40kWh lithium-ion battery, can travel an average 311km on a full-charge based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) test mode.

South Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong, Australia and Singapore have launched the new 2019 Nissan Leaf.

The Leaf is a five-seater hatchback that offers 435 litres (seats up) and 1,176 litres (seats folded) of boot capacity.

Sales of the new Leaf have surpassed 400,000 units worldwide.

In a statement, ETCM highlights the benefits of being a Leaf owner.

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Charging the Leaf

There are 3 main charging options for EVs; the Standard Outlet Charging that requires more than 13 hours charging time, Wall Box Charger that is faster than the standard socket charging, and the CHAdeMO Quick Chargers.

The new Nissan Leaf comes with a 6.6kW Wall Box Charger that takes approximately 7 hours to fully charge the vehicle. This is the best option for EV owners as they can easily plug-in and charge overnight when they return home. About 80-90% of Nissan LEAF owners prefer overnight charging.

For a faster charging mode, 50kW quick charger CHAdeMO is able to fully charge up the new Nissan Leaf within 60 minutes. It is often provided in easily accessible areas such as office centres and highway rest stops. CHAdeMO quick charges are available free-of-charge at ABB in Subang, Nichicon in Bangi and Ayer Keroh Rest Area (southbound).

Additionally, electric vehicle chargers are weatherproof and are specifically designed to protect both the vehicle and humans from electrical shock, which also means that charging the new Nissan Leaf can be safely performed even in the rain.

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Leaf driving experience

So how does it feel to drive an EV?

The new Nissan Leaf generates maximum power of 150PS and incredible instant torque of 320Nm (compare this to a normal 2.0L vehicle that produces 150PS and 200Nm).

As such, the Leaf can hit 0-100km/h in 7.9 seconds and a top speed in excess of 150km/h.

Additionally, the Leaf’s battery pack are placed in the centre of the body for a lower centre of gravity that allows better road-hugging handling and stability at greater cornering speeds.

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For a more exciting and sporty driving experience on winding roads, the Leaf also has the world’s first e-Pedal technology, allowing drivers to intuitively accelerate, slow down and stop using one pedal driving.

The e-Pedal helps reduce the need to move from one pedal to the other, making driving simpler and more engaging.

The Leaf is significantly quieter compared to conventional vehicles providing driver and passengers the experience of gliding around in virtual silence, making rides more enjoyable.

The Leaf has zero-tailpipe emissions and inspires drivers to consider the potential benefits EVs can bring to our roads, especially in reducing air and noise pollution.

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As for safety, the new Leaf has:

 6 SRS Airbags

 Intelligent Forward Collision Warning (FCW)

 Intelligent Forward Emergency Braking (FEB)

 Intelligent Around View Monitor (I-AVM) with Moving Object Detection (I-MOD)

 Intelligent Driver Alertness (I-DA)

 Intelligent Ride Control

 Intelligent Trace Control

 Hill Start Assist

 Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Brake Assist (BA)

 Vehicle Dynamic Control

 Electronic Braking Distribution

Owning the Leaf: Maintenance costs

With fewer moving parts in an EV, owners can save on maintenance costs as well as fuel.

Most drivers in Southeast Asia travel less than 80km a day, and by driving the Leaf with a 40kWh battery, it costs Malaysians only RM 20.647 to fully charge it and the cost per kilometre is incredibly low at RM0.078.

Maintenance and service costs are also considerably lower for EVs as the Nissan Leaf only requires service maintenance every 20,000km.

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