Electrified mobility: Nissan Leaf vs. Nissan Kicks

Electrified mobility: Nissan Leaf vs. Nissan Kicks

Nissan Intelligent Mobility not only focuses on safety, it also shows what powers the carmaker's electrified vehicles. 

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • How does the electrified powertrain in the Nissan Leaf work?

    The Nissan Leaf is a full-electric car, powered by a 40kWh, 350-volt battery that drives the EV's front wheels.
  • How does the Nissan Kicks' e-Power work?

    With Nissan's e-Power technology, the Kicks is technically a hybrid. The e-Power combines a 1.2-liter gasoline engine and electric motor. The e-motor and battery drive the wheels while the gas engine's only role is to charge the battery.
  • Launched here in 2021, the 100% electric, zero-emissions vehicle Nissan Leaf is an embodiment of Nissan Intelligent Mobility. Meanwhile, as part of Nissan Philippines Inc.'s (NPI) push for local electric mobility, it will launch the Kicks on August 12. 

    Based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) standards, the 2022 Nissan Leaf's 40 kWh lithium-ion battery provides a range of up to 311 kilometers on a full charge. This is comparable to making a one-way out-of-town journey to Baguio or commuting twice a day for five days between Quezon City and Bonifacio Global City, Nissan calculated. 

    Drivers of the electric hatchback have a variety of charging options, making charging simple and convenient. With the included universal charging cable and a dedicated wall socket at home, the Leaf may be fully charged in 15 to 18 hours. In several Nissan dealerships across the country, quick charging stations allow owners to fully charge their Nissan Leaf in as little as 40 to 60 minutes.

    Nissan Leaf EV

    Nissan Leaf Battery

    According to a Meralco test, the Leaf can be fully charged for just P363, which is the cost of two coffee shop drinks. According to Nissan Philippines, this reduces the running cost of the Nissan Leaf to roughly P1.17 per kilometer, which is less than half of the P2.08 per kilometer cost of a typical sedan with a petrol engine.

    The 2022 Nissan Leaf's e-powertrain produces a maximum output of 150ps and 320Nm of torque.

    More than just a car, this EV can act as an electric power source with its vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology. V2X enables bi-directional charging to use energy from the Leaf battery to power homes and equipment, or simply give back energy to the power grid.

    Nissan Leaf 2021

    As for the 2022 Nissan Kicks, it boasts of the carmaker’s spin on hybrid powertrain called E-Power. Nissan Philippines promised that it combines the benefits of an internal combustion engine (ICE) and EV.

    E-Power comprises a 100% electric motor-driven system whose electric motor completely drives the wheels. In the Kicks, this e-motor gets its charge from a 2.13kW lithium-ion battery pack, which in turn, sources its juice from a 1.2-liter ICE acting as a generator. 

    As we’ve recently experienced, the 2022 Nissan Kicks e-Power’s engine only switches on when necessary, like when it charges the battery to prevent it from going flat — another touted benefit of e-Power — and when the e-motor needs a boost of power when the car travels uphill or doing overtaking maneuvers. The majority of the propulsion in less demanding situations and on flatter roads is taken care of by the electric motor.

    Nissan Kicks e-Power

    Nissan e-PowerAll of this means that the Kicks’ e-Power delivers an EV-like drive that is eager, smooth, and quiet without the need for external charging, thereby also serving as a gateway to full EV ownership.

    And so unlike the Leaf, the 2022 Nissan Kicks doesn’t need to be plugged in to receive charge. As long as the car’s ICE has its fill of fuel, it can always charge the battery. During our drive with the Kicks, the crossover enabled us to travel almost 500km in a tankful. 

    What's interesting is that both the Leaf and Kicks have another way of juicing up their batteries with e-Pedal.

    This feature enables the car to accelerate, decelerate, and stop with the driver increasing or decreasing the pressure to the accelerator accordingly. When the accelerator is fully released, regenerative and friction brakes are applied automatically, bringing the car to an almost complete stop.

    Nissan Kicks e-PowerAs the regenerative and friction brakes do their function, energy is sent to the battery. E-Pedal also makes the 2022 Nissan Leaf and Kicks easier to drive. In stop-and-go city traffic, the driver doesn't need to move his or her foot from the gas to the brakes to slow down the car.

     After experiencing e-Pedal for ourselves, we can vouch for its effectiveness.

    Aside from electrified power, the 2022 Nissan Leaf and Kicks have more other qualities going for them. The spec sheets of the two models below — the sole variant of the hatchback and the top-of-the-line variant of the crossover would prove.

    SPECIFICATIONS

    Nissan Leaf

    Nissan Kicks VL e-Power AT 

    Overall length (mm)

    4,490

    4,300

    Overall width (mm)

    1,788

    1,960

    Overall height (mm)

    1,540

    1,615

    Wheelbase (mm)

    2,700

    2,620

    Curb weight (kg)

    1,557-1,569

    1,359

    Minimum ground clearance (mm)

    155

    180

    Overall gross weight (kg)

    1,988

    1,359

    Seating capacity

    Five Persons

    Five Persons 

    Electric motor type

    AC Synchronous

    AC Synchronous

    Maximum power (ps)

    150

     136

    Maximum torque (Nm)

    320

     280

    Type of battery

    Laminated Lithium-Ion

    Laminated Lithium-Ion

    Battery capacity (kWh)

    40

     2.13

    Voltage (V)

    350

     349

    Engine Type 

    N/A

    1,198cc, three-cylinder DOHC, 12 Valve 

    Fuel Required 

    N/A

    91 octane 

    Fuel Tank Capacity 

    N/A

    41 Liters

    Range on a single charge (km)

    311

    500km (est.) 

    Transmission type

    Single-Speed Reduction Gear Transmission

    Single-Speed Reduction Gear Transmission

    Drive mode

    Normal, B, and Eco

    Normal, B, and Eco

    Drivetrain

    Two-wheel Drive (2WD)

    Two-wheel Drive (2WD)

    On-board charger

    6.6kW Double Speed On-Board Charger with Quick Charger

    N/A 

    Charger port

    Illuminated Charger Port with EVSE Smart Lock and Unlock

     N/A 

    Suspension

    Front: Independent MacPherson Struts, Coil Springs

    Rear: Torsion Beam Axle, Coil Springs

    Front: Independent MacPherson Struts, Coil Springs (with Stabilizer) 

    Rear: Torsion Beam Axle, Coil Springs (with Stabilizer)  

    Brakes

    Front: Ventilated Disc

    Rear: Disc

    Front: Ventilated Disc

    Rear: Disc

    Wheels

    205/55 R16 Alloy Wheels

    205/55 R17 Alloy Wheels

    Steering type

    Electric Powered Steering

    Electric Powered Steering

    Steering column

    Manual Tilt

     Manual Tilt/Telescopic 

    Headlamps

    Projector Halogen Headlamps with Auto On/Off­, Auto Hazard Lights, and Follow-Me-Home Functions

    LED Headlamps with Auto On/Off­, Auto Hazard Lights, and Follow-Me-Home Functions

    Daytime running lights (DRL)

    LED

     LED

    Tail lamps

    LED Signature

     LED

    Fog lamps

    With (Front and Rear)

    With (Front and Rear)

    Bumper

    EV Blue Accent for Front Grille and Rear Bumper

    Body Color with Silver Color Under Garnish 

    Outside door mirror

    Body Color with Side Turn Lamp, Power Fold and Power Adjust Functions

    Body Color with Side Turn Lamp, Power Fold, Auto Fold, and Power Adjust Functions

    Outside door handles

    Chrome Grip

     Body Color 

    Wiper

    Front: Variable Intermittent and Mist Functions with Rain Sensing

    Rear: With

     

    Front: Variable Intermittent

    Rear: Single Speed, Intermittent 

     

    Rear spoiler

    With

     With 

    Slide sill spoiler type

    With

     Without 

    Seats

    Driver: Six-way Manual Adjust (Slide, Recline, Height-Adjust Functions), and Retractable Headrest

    Front Passenger: Four-way Manual Adjust (Slide, Recline Functions), and Retractable Headrest

    Second Row: 60:40 Split Folding Rear Seats

    Driver: Six-way Manual Adjust (Slide, Recline, Height-Adjust Functions), and Retractable Headrest

    Front Passenger: Four-way Manual Adjust (Slide, Recline Functions), and Retractable Headrest

    Second Row: 60:40 Split Folding Rear Seats

     

    Steering wheel

    Leather with Cruise Control, Meter Control, Audio, Hands-free Bluetooth Call, Voice Recognition, and Speed Limiter Switches

    Leather, Audio, Hands-free Bluetooth Phone, Drive Assist Display  Switches 

    Instrument meter

    Advanced Drive Assist Display TFT with Nissan Animation Meter and EV information

    Seven-inch TFT Display Meter, with Drive Computer Display (Power Meter, Fuel Gauge/Drive Ranger, Battery Charge) 

    Interior trim

    Fabric

     Leather 

    Sun visor

    With Vanity Mirror, Ticket Holder, and LED Illumination

    With Vanity Mirror, Ticket Holder, and Illumination

    Room lamp

    With (Cabin and Luggage Room)

    With (Cabin and Luggage Room)

    Console box

    With

     With 

    Cup and bottle holders

    Center Console, Front Door Trim, and Rear Door Trim

    Center Console, Front Door Trim, and Rear Door Trim

    Tonneau cover

    With

     With

    12V accessory socket

    With

     With 

    USB port

    With

     With (x2 Front, x2 Rear) 

    Power windows

    Front: Driver Power Window with One-Touch Auto Up/Down and Timer

    Rear: With

     

    Front: Driver Power Window with One-Touch Auto Up/Down and Timer

    Rear: With

     

    Power central door locks

    With (Driver and Passenger)

     

    With (Driver and Passenger)

     

    Keyless entry system

    With Intelligent Key

     

    With Intelligent Key

     

    Push button engine start /stop system

    With, Illuminated Power Switch

     

    With, Illuminated Power Switch

     

    Cruise control

    With

    Without

    Air-conditioning system

    Automatic Climate Control with Heater

    Automatic Climate Control with Heater

    Audio type

    Nissan Eight-inch Advanced Touchscreen Display Audio

    Nissan Eight-inch Advanced Touchscreen Display Audio

    Connectivity

    Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth (Hands-free Bluetooth Call), USB, iPod, and Aux

    Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth (Hands-free Bluetooth Call), USB, AUX  

    Speakers

    Six

     Six 

    SRS airbag

    Front, Side, and Curtain Airbags, with Cut-Off Switch

    Front, Side, and Curtain Airbags, with Cut-Off Switch

    Anti-lock braking system (ABS)

    With Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA)

     

    With Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA)

     

    Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)

    With

     Without

    Vehicle dynamic control (VDC)

    With

     With 

    Seatbelt

    Driver: ELR with Double Pretensioner, Adaptive Load Limiter, and Height Adjuster

    Front Passenger: ELR with Single Pretensioner, Load Limiter, and Height Adjuster

    Second Row: Three-point ELR x3 with Pretensioner and Load Limiter

    Driver: ELR with Double Pretensioner, Adaptive Load Limiter, and Height Adjuster

    Front Passenger: ELR with Single Pretensioner, Load Limiter, and Height Adjuster

    Second Row: Three-point ELR x3 with Pretensioner and Load Limiter

    High mount stop lamp

    LED

     LED

    Isofix

    With (Front and Rear)

    With (Rear)

    Anti-theft system

    Immobilizer

    Immobilizer

    Vehicle sound for pedestrian (VSP)

    With On/Off Switch

     

    With 

     

    Hill start assist

    With

     With

    Intelligent driver alertness

    With

     Without

    Intelligent around view monitor

    With Moving Object Detection

     

    With Moving Object Detection

     

    Intelligent cruise control

    With Vehicle-to-Vehicle Distance Control

     Without

    Blind spot warning

    With

     Without 

    Intelligent emergency braking

    With

     With Moving Object Detection 

    High beam assist

    With

     Without

    Rear cross tra­ffic alert

    With

     Without

    Lane departure warning and intelligent lane intervention

    With

     Without 

    e-Pedal

    With Regenerative Braking Function

     

    With Regenerative Braking Function

     

    Intelligent trace control

    With

     Without 

    Available body colors

    Gun Metallic with Pearl Black Roof, Vivid Blue with Pearl Black Roof, Magnetic Red with Pearl Black Roof, and Pearl White with Pearl Black Roof

    N/A  

    PRICE

    P2,798,000

    P1,509,000 (Introductory Price) 

     

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