Last year wasn’t a great one for the new car industry. Sales fell overall across 2017 but while traditionally fuelled models struggled the alternatively fuelled market enjoyed a boom. Sales of electric and hybrid cars rocketed by 35 per cent in the UK. They still represent a relatively small portion of all new car sales but there’s no doubt they are on the up and one of those leading the charge is the Nissan Leaf. It’s the world’s best-selling EV and since its launch in 2010 Nissan have shifted nearly 300,000 of the first-generation car. Now there’s a new model looking to build on everything that has made the original Leaf a market leader. The whole car has been re-engineered from the ground up to be better to drive, better to look at and, crucially, offer better performance from its all-electric drivetrain. Nissan Leaf Tekna Price: £27,490 (range from £21,990) One of the biggest improvements is in the motor’s output. Power is up 38 per cent to 148bhp and torque has increased to 236lb/ft. They’re good figures for the segment and make for a 0-62mph time of a respectable 7.9 seconds. Due to the nature of electric motors all that… Read full this story
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