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An updated version of the Nissan leaf has just been unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, featuring an increase in its range, practicality and a decrease in charging times.

According to the Japanese manufacture, the Nissan leaf has become the world’s best-selling electric vehicle, having sold 50,000 units worldwide, and it has been updated and re-engineered to appease with European tastes.

More than a hundred individual updates have been made to the new Nissan Leaf, resulting in an increase of the driving range from 175km to 199km – under the New European Driving Cycle, and the charging times decreased by half, from eight to four hours, thanks to a new 6.6kW on-board charger that allows for the use of 32.1mp charging where it is available – one has to keep in mind that typical domestic sockets deliver only 10 amps).

The aesthetic changes are limited to a very little revised front grille meant to help reduce aerodynamic drag from 0.29 to 0.28 Cd, when it comes to the model’s powertrain, the new Leaf gets a new one made up of an 80kW AC synchronous motor powered by a 48-module compact lithium-ion battery. The battery is now assembled together as a single stack unit and mounted below the cabin so this means that the car now has a lower centre of gravity which should result in improved handling.

The updated charger we were talking about earlier has also been moved to the rear and under the bonnet which resulted in an increase of cargo space by about forty litres for an overall boot capacity of 370L and it also eliminates the obstacle in the middle of the boot floor apparent when the seats are folded down.

The new LED inspection light has been added to the front-mounted charging port which means that drivers won’t need an external light source anymore when connecting their cars to a power source at night.

The production of the 2013 Nissan Leaf will spread across North America, Japan and Europe.

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