2018 Nissan LEAF 40 kWh (ENG) – Test Drive and Review



Nissan Leaf is one of the first mass produced electric cars. Since its debut in 2011 more than 320 000 Nissan Leaf cars have been sold worldwide, making this the best selling EV, and giving you an idea of global interest in electric mobility.

I live in Poland, where 500 EVs were sold in 2017, half of them Leafs, probably thanks to hefty discount as dealers had to push the outgoing model. BMW i3 is in far second place, and the rest doesn’t really count. What’s it like in your country? And how’s the charging infrastructure around where you live?

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Starting price: 32 000 euro
As tested: 40 000 euro

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31 Replies to “2018 Nissan LEAF 40 kWh (ENG) – Test Drive and Review”

  1. undecided

    Nissan Leaf battery will last 10 years or 100,000 miles. The battery replacement cost for 40 kWh is $10000 with the installation. 40 kWh Nissan leaf S is priced at $31000. I would spend on electricity half of my current gas consumption (Toyota Prius gas consumption is 4L/100 km). I spent on gas $1000 per year, which is $10000 per 10 years. My Toyota Prius cost is $25000. After 10 years I will spend using Toyota Prius $35000 and $46000 if I would have the Nissan Leaf S. Based on this calculation the Toyota Prius is a better choice vs Nissan Leaf. The Toyota Prius battery will last 20 years, it is not the Li-Ion battery but the NiMH type.

  2. Anony Mous

    They should make it easier by just replacing the battery(i am not sure if it is removable) but anyway, the same idea like replacing the LPG gas tank , will be quicker and more reliable

  3. androo4519

    Yes. EVs are the future of motoring. Quite a common sight in the UK now (Leaf especially but i3, Renault Zoe less so and Tesla about the same) but the charging infrastructure needs to be much better. New lampposts are going to all get charging points apparently! Maybe Sweden's electric 'charging road' is the future. I would definitely buy an EV.

  4. KK

    At first i was like "another video which Marek dis evs"but after all nice review. I just like to highlight that majority of ev owners charge home way or another so many of them don't need quick charge on local drives and there seem to be still some available around when they like to go on longer trips. And last +/- to ignore the rapidgate situation.

  5. Lauri Koponen

    This is the first (and only) EV what I have driven. I found Leaf very relaxing car to drive during heavy traffic because Pro pilot and E-pedal. Interior build quality is very good. I think Leafs best feature is, that it is so "normal" car to use. But it is little too expensive in Finland.

  6. Commentator541

    What would truly be more efficient are small petrol cars, that don't waste as much gas for the city driving, like kei cars… but no… we all have to drive huge SUVs even though they hardly ever reach more than 50km/h in daily driving, and there is a single person in them, with a handbag and no extra luggage. Maybe a grocery bag. Inefficiency at it's prime.

  7. Dennis Bloodnok Channel

    Where I am in the UK, there is some charging infrastructure. But there are issues of compatibility (IE Some chargers only work with certain cables / connectors). Therefore some cars can charge in some charging points and other makes of car at other charge points. If you arrive at a charging point with the wrong connector, you have a problem.

    The UK needs a standard connector for all cars at all charging points.

    For the present moment, most EV owners that I know charge at home overnight. Often an EV is a family's second car. So an EV for local commuting and a petrol / diesel car for longer distance travel.

    Overall, at the present time, EVs are still a niche part of the car market in the UK. Having just viewed the Nissan UK website, a Nissan Leaf starts at £25190. This is roughly 30000 Euros. If you add optional extras the price quickly goes past £30000. At the present moment this is just too expensive (NB The latest Ford Focus starts at £17930).

    Given that electric motors and batteries are far less complex and far less expensive to make, EVs should be cheaper than Petrol / Diesel cars.

  8. Didier Chiron

    Dear Marek,
    Indeed EV, plug in hybrid and petrol car will share the road. As a former owner of an A3 etron, the most important things I am checking to choose a new car is 1 the budget, 2 the kilometer range and 3 usage/practicality (is it an all day car, only for weekend only). This done if 2 cars are challenging, then 1 services offer with the car (infrastructure + cost of energy) 2 easy to use information system and connectivity with my own devices and 3 maintenance features and service offer
    I left the A3 etron because I needed to move home location and the range capacity was an issue as well as the boot capacity .
    My 2 cents 😉

  9. Metamon7

    In Norway I believe there are over 160000 EVs sold, and they are very cheap compared to the costs of buying and owning a diesel/gas car. The main reason is that drivers of electric cars don’t pay any taxes, and even ferries used to be free. The tax rules are supposed to be changed soon though, so there might be a lot less new EVs in the future.

  10. MK KM

    I believe it's a very rapidly approaching future. Perhaps in a couple of years. Hyundai have already launched a 64 kWh Kona which is a comparable car, but nicer and more modern interior. I've seen a review where 90 km/h highway driving brought a 500 km range result – that's approaching the territory of petrol compact suvs in terms of range. Yes, charging infrastructure at homes is an issue, but it will soon become that owners demand it and the tide will turn. I remember way back in 2002, I had to fight in my apartment in India to allow me to install a small antenna on the roof to pick up "high speed" internet (256 kbps mind you) for 3 apartments who wanted it. Today, that same building has 100 mbps per apartment (79 apartments) with 3 different service providers.

    In the near term, I'd like to see city buses go battery electric because you know before hand how much range is needed and removing a diesel bus is equivalent to removing the pollution of some 25 or 30 cars. Start with city buses, let battery prices continue to fall, make sure people buy EV's for their 2nd "city runabout" car and watch how everything will change quicker than we all expect.

  11. Morgan Wright

    Most people who drive EVs in the UK, where I live charge at home and hardly ever use public infrastructure. Tesla say that customers do abuse the supercharger network because used public chargers all the time isn't necessary. Which means commuting is more convenient in an EV because you never have to go to a petrol station you just plug in at home or at work.

  12. Erdem Çizmecioğulları

    In Turkey we have more than 300 ev charger. Almost 90% is 22kw capable. There has no Supercharger. 10 chademo and 43w DC. Just 100 Tesla, 150 Renault Zoe and 200 Renault Fluence ZE, 100 BMW i3 we have. That’s all. Other brands even doesn’t know ev exist on world. They are imitating dead.

  13. andrew7720

    The future of mobility yes. The future. Not the present. Until batteries reach the energy density of fossil fuels its a tough sell. Especially in countries without any incentives. I can possibly see myself in an EV in 10-15 years. But for the foreseeable future, diesel, petrol, cng and lpg will still carry us.

  14. Martin Schwoerer

    I used to drive 30k KM per year. Now it's closer to a third of that, because in Europe, we have Ryanair and high-speed trains. Never again will I drive from Frankfurt to Paris. I am just waiting for my 19-year-old car to die, and then I will pick the best EV for me. If I was a salesman or a company rep, I'd still need a Diesel or such. But as things stand, my best bet on still entering towns and cities in 2025, and not running the risk of losing all the value of an expensive ICE car, will be with an EV.

  15. kevin n

    Despite what Elon says, the battery technology isn't there yet. The verdict is still out. If the fuel cell technology achieves non precious metal level it may just be the way to go especially for trucks, buses etc Always enjoy your videos Marek!

  16. alliejr

    I think the concept of "charging network" is a false narrative and false equivalent to petrol stations. I know Tesla made a big splash in the U.S. building out a network of fast charging stations along popular travel routes, but I see this as more of a marketing effort. Even fast charging can deliver only a few miles (km) per minute of "fueling". An 8 minute petrol fill can offer hundreds of miles (km). The real use case for these cars is round-trip daily commuting and city/suburban driving. You fill up at home, drive to your destination, return and refuel (usually overnight). (Yes, yes, yes, I'm sure the EV heros have a million stories of travelling long distance and fueling on the way, but to me, these are truly edge cases). I don't know how the driving habits in Poland differ from here in the New York City area USA, but here it is extremely common to drive relatively short distances for errands, school, work, futbol practice for the kids, etc. Does that add up to no more than about 150 miles (240 km) per day? Probably most of the time the answer is, "yes".

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