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The updated 2013 Nissan Leaf is not yet that long in the tooth, but Nissan has already revealed how it is going to improve the 2014 model. We should make clear from the get-go that upgrades are minor. Very, very minor.

Basically, the RearView Monitor, which was previously part of the Charge Package, is now standard on all grades and the updated EV-IT functionality that offers a voice commanded nav system to enter your destination and an SMS readout is now available on all models (trim lines S, SV and SL). The 2014 will be available in October. You can find the Leaf-specific parts of Nissan's press release about the 2014 changes below.

It makes some sense to leave things as they are, since production at the Smyrna, TN plant has not ramped up quick enough to keep pace with demand. Nissan has said it will be able to make 150,000 Leaf EVs a year there, but the current US demand of around 2,200 a month enough to drop inventory levels to, in some cases, just a nine-day supply. While Nissan did make some important changes to the 2013 MY compared to the 2012, they were mostly under the hood. You can read about them in our First Drive report.
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Nissan LEAF
The highly innovative, industry leading Nissan LEAF 100-percent electric vehicle received a number of important enhancements in 2013, including the addition of a new lower priced LEAF S grade, an array of new features for the LEAF SL grade, new option packages with available Around View® Monitor and an available 6.6 kW onboard charger that reduces 220V charging time nearly in half to approximately four hours for a full charge. LEAF's CARWINGS telematics system includes remote charge and climate control management, the ability to view charging station availability in vehicle from an expanding list of networks, and POIs powered by Google®.

For 2014, additional enhancements include:
  • RearView Monitor becomes standard on all grades (previously part of the Charge Package)
  • Updated EV-IT functionality with voice destination entry and SMS readout
  • Offered in S, SV and SL models
  • Available October 2013
2014 Nissan LEAF
Summary The established leader in the "no gas, no tailpipe" zero-emission era, the fully electric LEAF is now assembled in Smyrna, Tenn., including battery production.
Models/grades S, SV and SL
Options/Packages Charge Package, LED Headlights + Quick Charge Port, Premium Package
Powertrain High-response 80 kW AC synchronous motor, laminated 24 kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery with 48 compact 4-cell modules – rated at 107 horsepower and 187 lb-ft of torque
Transmission Single speed gear reduction, shift-by-wire drive selector
Suspension Independent strut front, torsion beam rear with integrated stabilizer bar
Range EPA-estimated range of 73 miles at a 90 percent charge; customers who fully charge may get up to 84 miles of range*
Key features Dedicated EV platform with batteries housed in the floor for optimum vehicle packaging and weight distribution, roomy interior with unique "EV touch" and twin combination meter display, center "floating" C-stack with available 7.0-inch display, digital "eyebrow" display at the top of the instrument panel with Eco indicator and speedometer, lower liquid crystal meter display with readouts for percentage style state-of charge meter, power meter, battery temperature gauge, multi-function display, remaining energy gauge, capacity level gauge and distance to empty display, Hill Start Assist
Key technology Available CARWINGS telematics system including remote charge and climate control management, the ability to view charging station availability in vehicle from an expanding list of networks, and POIs powered by Google™; Quick Charge Port (standard on SL, optional on S, SV) allows charging to 80 percent capacity in approximately 30 minutes* at public charging stations using a DC fast charger. There is also a standard photovoltaic solar panel spoiler on SL models, which supports charging of the 12-volt battery for vehicle accessories, Nissan Navigation system, 7.0-inch color LCD screen, CARWINGS telematics, 6-speaker audio system, Pandora® link for iPhone®, 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, 6.6 kW onboard charger, hybrid heater system

*Charging times and range estimates may vary depending on driving/charging habits, weather, temperature and battery age. 6.6kW onboard charger is a standard feature on SV and SL trims. It is an optional feature on the S trim



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      raktmn
      • 1 Month Ago
      Only limited changes should help their gross margin per unit. EV's are going to have to stabilize into the same 3-5 year refresh cycle that gas cars currently have in order to be profitable over the long term. That doesn't make folks happy who are used to being fed new green car news stories every hour or two (like on some kind of blog for green autos...). But stabilization is good over the long term for the industry.
      • 1 Month Ago
      The Nissan press release you quoted in this article has been updated and now says "December 2013" for the availability of the 2014 LEAF, not "October 2013" as it apparently did when you quoted it. http://nissannews.com/en-US/nissan/usa/channels/us-united-states-nissan-models-leaf/releases/the-2014-nissan-lineup-charting-the-changes?page=2&query
      paulwesterberg
      • 1 Month Ago
      I hope that Nissan keeps working on updating the software and rolling out updates to all leaf owners. Tesla does a really good job at this. I think that car company executives don't really understand the how vehicle impacts the user experience and affects overall happiness. For instance it is nice that they offer the option to send an SMS message when you drive the car home and forget to plug it in, but your only option is how soon after getting home is the message sent. It would be nice if when you arrive home it doesn't bother sending the message if the vehicle is essentially full(already has more than a % charge). So if I take it out for a short errand and then return home it doesn't nag me about plugging it in. It would be nice if it could delay sending the message until the time when the charge timer normally kicks in... If it is 9pm and I haven't plugged it in then it should send me a message. It would be nice if the sms message could be sent to a phone number associated with the last active key fob. So If my wife last drove the car then she should get the "plug me in" reminder message. Sending the message to the other driver(who may not be home) is not very useful.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Month Ago
      Hey, at least it's getting upgrades.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 1 Month Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        Most cars don't even get anything other than maybe a change in option package or maybe different colors.
        Spec
        • 1 Month Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        Yeah, that is true. The Ford Focus Electric apparently got nothing. And the Mitsubishi-i didn't even get a 2013 model!
          raktmn
          • 1 Month Ago
          @Spec
          Yea, the Mitsubishi-i has pretty much been overshadowed by their Outlander PHEV ever since Mitsubishi started building and selling them in Japan and Europe at the beginning of this year. Now that they've ramped production back up after fixing some quality issues, they are back on track to start selling them in the US next year. I can't see them doing anything with the "i" until well after they've finished rolling out the Outlander PHEV. At a rumored 4,000 units per month over the next few months, the Outlander PHEV might become one of the best selling PHEV's or EV's in the world...
      • 1 Month Ago
      The aerodynamic shape of the car is problematic in snow country. The slush, sand, salt mixture is thrown up onto the sides of the car (as high as the windows), in the gap between the doors and car body and also the rear lift. This is a problem I have not seen addressed in any review. All the video is shot on sunny days and dry roads. After factory splash guards? Available, but 4-5 week wait. I was told this was because the guards are being installed at the factory. (Special order and mine have not arrived.) Somehow my Leaf didn't come with them. This may lessen the problem but if you live where it snows or rains (2/3 of the US), this might be a concern for you.
      Spec
      • 1 Month Ago
      Well, considering the EVs are a fast-moving field, I'd expect more upgrades on these.
      Sasparilla Fizz
      • 1 Month Ago
      Looks like 2015 will be Generation 2 Leaf...
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