2021 US-version LEAF details announced.

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Available in two versions, LEAF and the extended-range LEAF PLUS, to meet the driving needs of a wide range of customers
LEAF comes standard with a 40 kWh lithium-ion battery and 110-kW motor, delivering an EPA range of up to 149 miles1
LEAF PLUS has a standard 62-kWh lithium-ion battery and 160 kW electric motor, delivering an EPA range of up to 226 miles2
LEAF offers a comprehensive suite of advanced technologies, including available ProPILOT Assist, standard Safety Shield® 360 and NissanConnect® services
Every 2021 Nissan LEAF features standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The all-electric 2021 Nissan LEAF is on sale now with a starting MSRP3 of $31,620. With more than 500,000 Nissan LEAF electric vehicles sold worldwide4, LEAF has been one of the best-selling electric vehicles for the past 10 years, delivering exciting EV performance and cutting-edge technology.

The 2021 Nissan LEAF is available in two versions, LEAF and the extended-range LEAF PLUS. LEAF is equipped with a 40 kWh lithium-ion battery and 110-kW electric motor that delivers 147 horsepower, 236 lb-ft of torque and up to 149 miles1 of range. It’s available in two trim levels, S and SV.

Nissan LEAF PLUS features a larger-capacity 62-kWh lithium-ion battery – increasing the range to up to 226 miles2. LEAF PLUS also features a more powerful 160 kW motor that produces 214 horsepower – an increase of 45 percent – and 250 lb-ft of torque. LEAF PLUS is offered in three trim levels – S PLUS, SV PLUS and SL PLUS.

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices4 for the 2021 Nissan LEAF and LEAF PLUS are:

Every 2021 LEAF boasts a spacious, highly functional interior with a quality, high-tech feel. The roomy cabin comfortably accommodates five people and includes a 60/40 split fold-down rear seat for added flexibility. The rear cargo area is designed to provide ample luggage space, offering 30 cubic feet of available storage with the second row folded down.

Standard on LEAF SL PLUS and optional on LEAF and LEAF SV PLUS is ProPILOT Assist5, a hands-on driver assist system that combines Nissan's Intelligent Cruise Control and steering assist technologies and a stop and hold function that can bring the vehicle to a full stop, hold in place and can bring the vehicle back up to speed when traffic starts moving again.

Further enhancing the Nissan LEAF driving experience is the standard e-Pedal6, which allows the driver to start, accelerate, decelerate and come to a full stop and hold using only the accelerator pedal.

Advanced technologies include standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, with available NissanConnect® with Nissan Door to Door Navigation, and NissanConnect EV and services (telematics), which allows a remote connection to the vehicle to start a charge, monitor the state of a charge and turn on the heat or A/C before ever getting into the vehicle.

Both the LEAF and LEAF PLUS can be charged7 up to 80 percent in 40-45 minutes using the quick charge port. Also available is a portable charging cable that can be plugged into either a 120-volt outlet or any 240-volt outlet, such as those used for electric clothes driers, eliminating the need to have a level 2 charger installed in your home.

Every 2021 Nissan LEAF is offered with a limited lithium-ion battery warranty8 covering defects in materials or workmanship for eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first, for the battery pack. Nissan also provides a limited warranty against battery capacity loss below nine bars of capacity as shown on the vehicle’s battery capacity level gauge for the first eight years or 100,000 miles for all models.

For photography and additional information about the 2021 Nissan LEAF, along with the complete lineup of Nissan vehicles, please visit www.NissanNews.com.

Expect to see the 2021 LEAF to be at local dealers in CY2021 Q1.
Anyone noticed any changes? The press release sounds exactly like the 2020 model. Maybe change in the MSRP?

Edit: I see no SL 40 kWh model.
Edit 2: according to Carscoops, the MSRP went up by $20 on S and SL. But $720 on SV due to standard ProPilot. ProPilot was part of the $1600-$2000 SV Tech package in the past. There may be new exterior colors as well.

With $6000 cash back, and $2000 SV Tech cash in some states, it's a lot cheaper to buy a 2020 over a 2021.
If only Nissan shipped something like Tesla's mobile connector (https://shop.tesla.com/product/gen-2-mobile-connector-bundle) and sold adapters like 14-30 and 10-30 (https://shop.tesla.com/product/gen-2-nema-adapters) which cause the EVSE to adjust the pilot signal, this limiting how much the attached car could draw.

They've only been doing this since around July 2012 w/the Model S and its gen 1 mobile connector which uses different adapters: https://shop.tesla.com/product/gen-1-nema-adapters.
webeleafowners said:
I thought this year they would make a user selectable max charge percentage. EG charge to 60, 70, 80 percent etc. Is there a legal reason this isn’t done? Seems weird.
Who knows? Chevy's offered it on Bolt since model year '19 (for model years '17 to '18, it was only hilltop reserve on/off). Tesla's had this for ages, maybe as far back as the Model S beginning in mid-2012.

HyunKia EVs have it now too, including separate % values for DC vs. AC charging.

https://insideevs.com/news/461163/nissan-announced-2021-my-leaf-us/ also didn't notice any significant changes.
To be honest, I don't see anyone with the right mind will buy 2021 without a big discount. Basically, it's the same car of 2020. Nissan gives up on Leaf, no upgrade, no R&D put into the Leaf, not even a basic battery improvement, nothing, nada. I mean do Nissan expect can sell SL Plus at $43,920? The same price range with Mustang March E, VW ID4, Tesla Model 3, even its own Ariya. C'mon, give me a break. The leaf cannot survive unless Nissan prices them under 30K. Look at the upcoming 40K price range EVs this year or next year. Audi Q4 etron, BMW iNext, March E, VW ID 4, Model Y/3, and many others...

I don't think they are serious about the Leaf. I think Nissan put the effort into Ariya instead. I really like Ariya, imo, I think it will do very well with the 40K price range. Awesome car. As I am electrifying all my cars, already bought Model Y, looking for another EV next year :)

I don't know about the rest of the country, but if you live in California, you don't drive EV is a big loss :). We have all incentives from the Calfornia government, plus the charging infrastructure is the best. Basically, I can find charge stations from every corner in Bay Area, from Tesla, chargepoint, EVgo, EA ect...They are everywhere like gas stations :)
Fully agree.

While the Leaf is what brought me to Nissan, it (or lack of investment there in) is likely also what will drive me away. It should be carrying an msrp of 30K for the Plus in current form. Maybe 25K for the non-Plus.

I understand the focus on Ariya, given limited resources, and declining positioning in their key markets. That said, they still have good global brand awareness, and it wouldn't take more than a handful of changes to keep some excitement up with the Leaf. Push up range 10 miles, add rear fans, something..

I was talking to my local dealer a couple weeks back, and the Intel they have is that Ariya doesn't come to the states until mid 2022. Everything early is going to Europe. On an odd silver lining, that will help insure Leaf stays on here for at least 2 more Model years ( maybe more). Leaf is in something like 69 markets globally, so even with Ariya, they are likely to continue the car for a whole in this other markets where there isn't mich choice right now. My hope is that they made 2021 the same for an early 2022 refresh, but I will keep dreaming.

Guessing Nissan is still facing internal politics impeding its ability to move forward.
I'm guessing the DC charge port is still ChaDeMo? Strangely, none of the specs ever say what port it is, just DC...
That would make it a tough sell now that even Nissan has given up and gone over to CSS.
Yes it’s still CHAdeMO, which is still perfectly usable, with no plans by any charging provider anywhere in the world to discontinue.

In the bigger picture, the current LEAF platform architecture has a about 2 model year cycles left in it before it moves to the new Nissan/Renault/Mitsubishi BEV architecture that is the basis for the Aryia.

Depending on the geography, the 3rd generation LEAF will use either CHAdeMO, CCS1, or CCS2 as the DC charging interface.
OrientExpress said:
Yes it’s still CHAdeMO, which is still perfectly usable, with no plans by any charging provider anywhere in the world to discontinue.
Yes, maybe they're not decommissioning existing stations, yet.

But at least in the US, ChaDeMo charger count has already been growing much slower than CCS. Now nobody except some die-hard fans will invest in new ChaDeMo infrastructure.
Waitingforleaf said:
OrientExpress said:
Yes it’s still CHAdeMO, which is still perfectly usable, with no plans by any charging provider anywhere in the world to discontinue.
Yes, maybe they're not decommissioning existing stations, yet.

But at least in the US, ChaDeMo charger count has already been growing much slower than CCS. Now nobody except some die-hard fans will invest in new ChaDeMo infrastructure.
Watching CHAdeMo die is like killing a zombie from neglect. Patience is required

Funds for repair and maintenance ? :(
Funds for power upgrades past 50 kW ? :(
Hope for more than one CHAdeMO plug in a sea of CCS ? :(
As long as their are paying customers. CHAdeMO will be around. In my conversations with the principals of the major charging providers, none have any plans to remove their CHAdeMO services.

EVgo and EA are continuing to build out their CHAdeMO pedestals.
Well as of right now between Leaf, Outlander, Tesla with Adapter, handfulls of others, Chademo is still half the US market...though that will change at an accelerating pace in 2021 with the new larger volume models.