The arrival of the new Nissan Leaf electric hatchback in showrooms this week seems a timely point to take a look over New Zealand’s steadily expanding electric vehicle market.

Customer choice in the EV category has been growing month-by-month with the focus split between new premium models — the Jaguar I-Pace and Audi e-tron priced from just under $150,000 — and newcomers closer to mainstream pricing such as the Leaf and Kia Niro EV.

The second-generation Nissan Leaf has gone on sale from $59,990 (plus on road costs). It is one of the more compelling EV equations to date when evaluating purchase price, performance, battery capacity and claimed full-charge driving range.


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