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The new Nissan Leaf with a 30 kWh battery pack is now on sale in Europe. The Leaf 30 kWh has an improved driving range of 155 miles, up 26 percent from the previous generation. The new Leaf also offers a new generation of its NissanConnect EV infotainment system, which features an improved remote defrost feature, and better functionality and connectivity. To celebrate its arrival, Nissan made a video of the car emerging from underneath a sheet of ice in Norefjell, Norway. Watch the video below, or read more in the press release even further below.



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Nissan breaks the ice as new Nissan LEAF 30kwh hits showrooms

• Nissan marks the arrival of the new Nissan LEAF 30 kWh with stunning sub-zero reveal
• Longer range LEAF delivers up to 250 km of driving range on a single charge*
• The film can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/pM_2ThPIDjo
• The new Nissan LEAF features NissanConnect EV infotainment system with greater functionality and off-board telematics

Rolle, SWITZERLAND, 16th February 2016: As the new Nissan LEAF 30 kWh goes on sale across Europe - with improved range and enhanced features - Nissan has released a stunning short film revealing the car from a sheath of ice in breathtaking Norefjell, Norway.

Europe's best-selling electric vehicle now delivers up to 250 km* of driving range on a single charge, 26 percent further than before, and comes with the latest evolution of the NissanConnect EV infotainment system on Acenta and Tekna trims. This includes improvements to the remote defrost feature, superior functionality and greater connectivity.

The film begins with a silhouette of the LEAF cocooned in ice, set against the breathtaking Scandes Mountains. At 65mm thick, the ice proceeds to melt away, gradually revealing the new Nissan LEAF 30 kWh in all its glory.

Gareth Dunsmore, Director of Electric Vehicles, Nissan Europe: "The new Nissan LEAF 30 kWh is a great example of Nissan's pioneering and innovative spirit. We constantly strive to push the boundaries of what is possible with zero emission technology – going further so our customers can go further."

The Nissan LEAF was frozen into its icy blanket by Norwegian ice specialist, MR. ICEMAN AS. Mr Jack Stensland, CEO, said: "I have never frozen an electric car before, but it sounded like an interesting challenge, and I think the end result is stunning."

The film also highlights the reliability and durability of the new Nissan LEAF 30 kWh, which undergoes rigorous testing to ensure it is capable of withstanding even the most challenging driving conditions. For customers in truly testing conditions like those in Norefjell, Nissan also offers a specially engineered Nordic Pack which includes a battery heater to counter the effects of the extreme low temperatures.

The New Nissan LEAF 30kWh goes 26 percent further than the previous model, thanks to Nissan's innovative 30 kWh battery technology, beating all of its competitors within the segment, without compromising on practicality or usability.

For more information about Nissan products, services and the brand's commitment to sustainable mobility, visit www.nissan.eu/experience-nissan.html


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