2013 to 2020 Nissan Leaf Import Information for Australia
Plus Model Details and Specifications
Nissan Leaf import is possible for:
1st generation Leaf (2013 to 2017) 24kW / 30kW models
2nd generation Leaf (2017 to 25 April 2019) 40kW models
2nd generation Leaf (2019 to November 2020) 62kW models
The latest 62kW model has a very usable range of 458 km – 570 km coupled with good performance of around 7 seconds for 0-100 km:
The Nissan Leaf is an all electric vehicle (EV), powered only by batteries which run an electric motor to drive the front wheels.
The 1st generation model of the 5-door hatch was released in Japan and North America in 2010, and in Australia shortly after.
Since then, three factories in Japan, the US and the UK have worked non-stop to produce more than 300,000 units of the Leaf, making the all-electric Nissan the world’s best-selling EV.
The Nissan Leaf is eligible for import to Australia for the Gen 1 AZE0 models built from 1 June 2013 to 30 Sept 2017 and the Gen 2 AZE1 models built from 2 Oct 2017 to 25 April 2019 – as these were not sold new by Nissan Australia.
The 62kW Leaf was introduced in Japan in mid-2019, and since Nissan Australia did not start offering those within 3 months of release in Japan, under new import regulations that commenced on 10 December 2019 we can import any 62kW model Leaf up to November 2020 – when Nissan Australia eventually start selling them here.
Gen 2 improvements over earlier versions included:
80kg weight reduction thanks to aluminium panels
Improved battery life and regenerative braking
Increased boot space, hill-start assist, heated seats and steering wheel
Nissan Australia is selling the 2nd Gen 2019+ Nissan Leaf and started taking orders from July 2019.
Why the delay ?
Apparently the factory in Sunderland, UK that was producing the latest Leaf for Australia was struggling to keep up with demand (particularly from Norway).
This delayed supply to Australia which is why it is possible to import any 2nd Gen Leaf from Japan that was built between 2 Oct 2017 and 25 April 2019 under the SEVS regulations, ie. up to the date Nissan obtained full volume import approval.
Australian compliance for both the Gen 1 and Gen 2 Nissan Leaf is available, so we can import you a top quality Nissan Leaf directly from the auctions in Japan – we focus on the latest 40kW and 62kW options.
The Gen 2 Leaf has AUTECH and NISMO versions available – view a NISMO Gen 2 and some other Leaf examples inspected for clients.
Nissan Leaf import is quite straightforward and you can select anything you like using our service.
The latest 62kW model has a 60 minute fast charge option:
Please note that the Japanese charging cable is not technically compliant with Australian electrical regulations, so we recommend purchasing an Australian charging cable through one of the following suppliers:
Why is the Nissan Leaf so popular ?
Being all electric, of course it has near-silent operation along with running costs of 3 to 5 times less than an equivalent internal combustion vehicle (depending on fuel and electricity prices).
Another factor here is that other than brakes and tyres, the Leaf requires minimal maintenance.
The 2013 to 2017 Nissan Leaf comes with a 24kWh battery, with a factory-optional 30kWh battery available from 2016 (20% greater range).
Depending on the testing standard used, the range on a full charge is quoted between 135 km and 228 km (or 172 km to 280 km for the higher capacity 30kWh battery).
At 90kW and 290 Nm of instant torque for the 30kW battery, the electric motor provides 0-100 km/h performance in the 7 second range and a top speed of 150 km/h.
The 40kW battery has 110kW and 320Nm of torque with 40 minute fast charge time, while the 62kW battery has a very impressive 160kW and 339Nm of torque with 60 minute fast charge.
The low centre of gravity due to the location of the Lithium ion battery results in good handling, and regenerative braking partially recharges the battery while driving.
A charging port behind the Nissan badge at the front of the car allows either standard (8 hours on home socket – with charge timer for scheduled off-peak charging) or fast charge options (10 to 30 minutes).
The 2019 62kW Leaf can charge more quickly and efficiently thanks a standard new 100kW capacity quick charging system.
Battery life is good with low failure rates since introduction of the model, and battery prices will fall over time with economies of scale.
Parts and servicing are well supported for the Leaf thanks to the large production numbers and increasing worldwide focus on EV’s.
The Leaf has a Euro NCAP 5 star rating. Standard features include stability control, traction control, brake assist, electronic braking distribution (EBD), as well as front and side airbags.
Auto emergency braking and lane departure warning were optional features on later models.
Other features include BOSE sound system, 4 camera 360 degree around view system, heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel, cruise control and smart key access.
The 2017 to 2020 Gen 2 Nissan Leaf (pictured below) with 40kWh battery (up to 400km range) and 62kW battery (up to 570km range) are also available.
Special 62kW e+ AUTECH Features
Exterior – AUTECH Front grille / Front bumper (Bumper lower metal finish) / Side sill finisher (Metal finish) / Rear bumper finisher (Metal finish) / AUTECH emblem front and rear, AUTECH dedicated signature LED, AUTECH dedicated electric retractable remote control door mirror with side turn lamp (metal finish), AUTECH exclusive 17 inch aluminum wheel & 215 / 50R17 91V tyres.
Interior – AUTECH exclusive interior Crystal Suede & Blue leatherette combination seats, “AUTECH” Embroidery (blue stitching) / Blue leatherette door trim (front and rear) (blue double stitching) / Blue leatherette centre console lid (blue stitching) / Dark wood-like instrument, AUTECH dedicated leather-wrapped steering wheel (black / blue combination & Blue Stitch) with steering
heater, AUTECH dedicated emblem (centre cluster).
Body colour – Aurora Flair Blue Pearl (P).
Interior colour – black (G).
Factory options – Pro Pilot Parking + Intelligent Around View Monitor (with moving object detection function) + Intelligent rear view mirror + Intelligent DA (Fluctuation Alarm), Pro Pilot + Steering Switch (Meter / Display Control, Audio, Handsfree Phone, Pro Pilot) + Electric Parking Brake + BSW (rear vehicle detection alarm) + RCTA (reverse vehicle detection alarm) + Intelligent LI (lane departure prevention support system). Dedicated dual carpet is an option for dealers handling Autech.
More details at http://www.autech.jp/
The above is just a quick summary. For further detailed information on the Nissan Leaf we highly recommend Sam’s Leaf Guide.
Nissan Leaf Gen 2
Nissan Leaf NISMO Concept:
See Nissan Leaf Wiki and the Nissan Japan website for more model information and specifications.
Nissan Leaf Gen 2 Pictures