Long-Range Nissan LEAF e-plus Announced at CES 2019. Here’s What You Need To Know

Originally destined to be revealed at the 2018 LA Auto Show, Nissan has finally unveiled the 2019 Nissan LEAF e-Plus at CES 2019. 

From the outside, the Nissan LEAF e-Plus doesn’t look much different to its smaller-capacity sibling — but it has a 62 kWh battery pack and a larger 226 miles (364 km) range per charge.

… and sadly, it doesn’t have liquid cooling. 

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34 Replies to “Long-Range Nissan LEAF e-plus Announced at CES 2019. Here’s What You Need To Know”

  1. actionitem1

    I get the sense that the moderately apathetic treatment Nissan appears to be giving the Leaf development starts at the top of the Nissan EV division. I did some research and there is a gentleman by the name of Takao Asami, Alliance Senior Vice President, Research and Advanced Engineering, who apparently heads up that division. I plan to write to him directly, as in my experience sometimes a personal letter from a customer to a specific person may have a greater impact than a general public comment. This not to say that your videos aren’t a great way to galvanize people like me into action lol. I plan to use many of the points you raise in your videos in my letter. I look forward to your next post.

  2. ygg drasil

    No active cooling. So I'm wondering what's going to happen to the batteries on a 40C day in Australia. If these batteries are cooled by AC cooled air from the cabin that might not be an issue, but then not everyone runs their AC.

  3. Richard S

    There are no 100kW ChaDeMo chargers on my routes which I could use. So I would only get a bigger head start on the first leg of a longer drive. The charging stops would take me I guess about 1 hour 20 minutes (45 instead of 70kW), which is too long. So I would not really arrive faster than with a 40kWh Leaf. This 60kWh Leaf would not pay off for me.


    Why do you harp on liquid cooled. Adds complexity — manufacturing costs, pump and fluid maintenance, and maybe a drive belt.  Nissan engineers are not total dummies.  Liquid cooling is most appropriate for high performance such as racing.  I drive a 2014 Nissan Leaf around town and on highways up to 75 mph in hot Oklahoma summers and battery heating is not an issue.  Thanks for your otherwise great reporting.

  5. actionitem1

    Thanks for the update. My current 2016 Leaf lease expired Dec 31 and I'm now on month to month for a max of three months. The only factor that would sway me to stay with the Leaf for my next three-year lease would be the seat comfort differential between the Kona, Model 3 and the Leaf. I could probably live with the air-cooled lower performance for now if the seats were significantly more comfortable then the others I'm considering. I already eliminated the Bolt from my short-list because of bad reviews on the interior and seat comfort. Most of the driving I do is comprised of 15-20 minute city drives to work, family, chores locally here in Orange County CA, so a refined performance over what I have now would still be within the range of feasibility for my criteria. That prospect is certainly not very exciting, but even the most boring EV is a huge step up from a gas car in my view. I'll see how the Kona and Model 3 stack up overall.

  6. ytesb1

    Thanks for your reports. You do a good job. I hope you get a chance to tell Nissan that we are disappointed with the 2019 Leaf. The car is not improving quickly enough. When you buy an EV you are committing your dollars to a company and want to feel they are on the right track with their development, updates, charging options, etc. It isn’t just a one time purchase and then you have no continuing relationship with the manufacturer. Nissan is not giving us the feeling they are moving in the right direction quickly enough.

  7. Ladson Geddings

    Nissan should make amends to all the 350,000 first generation customers, who trusted them and drive Leafs, by offering the 2018 battery as a replacement at a fair price…it would help greatly to restore their credibility by increasing the Leaf's value.

    t's not good business to sell the lowest valued car (because of the poorly engineered Nissan battery) in the U.S., maybe the World. and decide not to fix the problem. Perhaps the new Nissan CEO will correct this bunder by his predecessor.

  8. ncbhtc

    In the UK you can no longer 'factory order a 2018 Leaf' as production end is I believe in February, The order book for 2019 Leaf is now open. New Edition 3.Zero & 3.Zero ePlus 62kw Deliveries Start in the Summer. Both announced today. New Colours and 8inch Touchscreen all feature. Expect to see the UK prices and specs appear in the next few days.
    Limited details and prices now live on Nissan UK website

  9. T Thinker

    Here in desert SW of California, summer daytime temperatures average about 115 deg, and nights are in the high 90 deg range. I can't see air-cooled ever being practical here.

  10. rothschild war bank

    make electric cars ugly ? Surprised blue lighting stickers are not plastered all over it. New electric should be your best looking car but they think they competing with their own ice cars. Teslas are beautiful and are selling 1000 a day just in usa. Not enough factories

  11. Bernd Michalik

    For European Customer a three-Phase-Loader (22kW) and maybe a smart aircooling. It sounds good for mid-Europe climate conditions. Let us see what the first driving test results are. For my driving profile the Leaf is fine, don`t drive 600km a day, so what is rapidgate?

  12. van03de

    In 2018 I drove the LEAF in Japan. It's a great and very comfy car. But the consumption was high and the charging speed slow (rapidgate).
    Now 100 kW charging power for the LEAF+ sounds very appealing – IF rapidgate is finally solved. But the announced range of 364 km for a 62 kWh battery is disappointing as compared to KIA e-Niro (455 km for the 64 kWh battery).

  13. McGoo x

    Like the rest of the NISSAN line up, this unit is circling the bowl. No industry standard thermal management, Purchasers can anticipate being treated like sh…t with battery renewal , vis a vis Gen 1 owners.($10,000 US) Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. Caveat Emptor

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