The 2013 Nissan Leaf will reduce charging times by four hours thanks to its larger on-board 6.6kW charger.
That means the car's charging time has been reduced by half. Other changes to the Leaf include a a new energy-efficient heating system and a new drive mode. The new drive mode increases the car's regenerative braking power when the car decelerates.
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The new Leaf has been unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show. Nissan's product planning chief for the Americas, Pierre Loing, is confident that it will help quell consumer fears about range anxiety and more.
"This will be a big step forward for the Leaf addressing concerns over the range and charging time.
"We are also looking a easier ways to charge the car when people are at work. The Leaf is fine so long as the range can get you to work and back but if we can make charging at work easier then it opens the car up to more customers."
Construction of the Leaf will begin at the Nissan plant in Sunderland from spring. Nissan has also shown off the new Versa Note and the Resonance SUV crossover concept at the show.
A charging point on every street?
The news coincides with the secretary-general of ACEA, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association, Ivan Hodac, suggesting that electric cars would be more common if there was an electric charging point on every street.
Writing for publicserviceeurope.com, Mr. Hodac highlights that for an electric way of life to become a reality on the roads, the car industry and consumers needs faith that investing in a car will pay off in terms of durability, reduced running costs and more.
Pointing out that the auto industry has been pressing for standardisation of charging formats and components, he says that electric carts will need an energy infrastructure that is more developed than the one currently available.
The solution? A charging point on every street, he suggests, so owners can charge their cars wherever they park.
He says that this isn't as radical as some may think, underlining that ACEA and CLEPA, the European Association of Automotive Suppliers and EURELECTRIC, the union of the electricity industry, agreed in May 2012 that it was the way forward and have submitted a proposal to the EU.
Written by John Meadowcroft.