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Published on June 30th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro


2015 Nissan Leaf Gets Minor Updates

June 30th, 2014 by  

nissan-leaf-2015Though the Nissan Leaf may not be a big seller in Canada, for the second year in a row our neighbor to the north has unveiled the new model year specs for Nissans little electric car. The changes for the 2015 Nissan Leaf are mostly minor, and includes new standard features and a new color.

For 2015, Leaf buyers will have a new color option called Morningsky Blue, which replaces the popular Blue Ocean color on the palette. Also new for 2015, the base model Leaf S will get standard cruise control, while upper-trim SV and SL models will get EV-IT updates that includes a hands-free texting system and Voice Destination Entry  for the navigation system.

That’s about all the changes 2015 brings for the Nissan Leaf, which sadly means no increased range of battery pack options. Look like that’ll have to wait for the 2016 makeover, which is also said to make the Leaf look more mainstream in response to criticisms on its EV-centric styling.

Another year, another Nissan Leaf. There is, however, a slight chance the Leaf might get another price cut, as in Japan the electric vehicle saw its price slashed another $2,500.

Don’t hold your breathe, but it could be a nice surprise.

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  • Mike Loomis

    Not to nitpick, but I keep seeing people write things like, “Nissan’s little electric car” and people might get the impression that the Leaf is a sub compact or something. The Leaf is the same size as a Prius and can fit five people very easily with plenty of cargo space left over. That certainly is not little.

    Also, I think all the new Leafs are getting a newer type of battery that, while not any bigger than before, is a lot more heat resistant and should help fight battery degradation over time.

    • Steve Grinwis

      Prius is a mid size. Leaf is compact.

      Will the new battery have a proper cooling system? That would be welcome, as would a price cut.

      • My personal classification is that both cars are compact.

        The department of energy classification system is somewhat bizarre. The Prius is referred to as “Small” while the LEAF is referred to as “Mid size”.

        BTW no battery cooling system in 2015 LEAF but it does have the new improved chemistry as Mike pointed out.

        • Mike Loomis

          I have a 2010 Prius and a 2013 leaf and they are the same size. I would call them mid-size.

      • Chris_in_Raleigh

        I live in North Carolina and I’ve never seen my temperature gauge go up more than 1 bar out of 12 from the center position.

        I have a 2013 Leaf purchased in March 2013.

        My Leaf is only 2 inches shorter in the wheelbase and 50 lbs lighter than my old 2000 Ford Taurus. The hood is shorter. The trunk is shorter but much taller. The Leaf doesn’t feel like a compact to me. We haul around a teenage carpool and plenty of gear in the back with no problem.

      • Jun

        Actually, I see a point in passive cooling and chemistry-based solution. An active cooling system is a point of failure, power drain and heat generator – much like CPU fan in a PC. Ever had a computer with cooling fan malfunction? Hint – it’s not pretty. Or, routine component replacement on servers at a data center? Hard drives and fans are something that routinely fail and need constant replacement.

      • Bob_Wallace

        Does the Leaf need a full time cooling system? Or only when charging?

        If only when charging then why not duct the cabin AC over the battery pack? Plenty of power available from the grid.

        • Steve Grinwis

          This is what the i-miev does.

          But really, under ideal conditions, you want full thermal control of the pack. You want to be able to heat the pack in the winter, and cool it in the summer. This massively extends the longevity of the pack. It’s why Tesla, Mitsubishi, Smart, and Mercedes all use full thermal management systems.

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