(REPOST: Daily Star)

Since being announced a couple of months ago, it’s already won 12,000 orders.

The headline figure is a battery range of 235 miles (or 258 miles in city conditions) from a single charge.

An hour spent plugged in to a 50kw quick charger will give you 80% battery capacity.

A 7kw charger will take 7.5 hours to achieve 100% charge of the 40kwh lithium cells.

With a top speed of 90mph, room for five people and a price that starts at £21,990 (if you include the £4,500 government grant) the Leaf appears to make a pretty convincing financial and ecological argument.

In terms of tech, Nissan have thrown the kitchen sink at the Leaf which, like the previous model, will be built at the Sunderland plant.

Traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning, intelligent lane assist, pedestrian and cyclist recognition, cross-traffic alert and six airbags are all standard throughout the four model range.

That range is made up of entry Visia (16in steel wheels), Acenta (17in alloy wheels), N-Connect (part leather) and Tekna (leather seats, Bose hi-fi and ProPilot).

Ten paint choices are also available.

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