Leaf, grown: Nissan’s electric e-NV200 Combi driven

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The front-mounted electric motor provides 80kW (107bhp) and 254Nm or torque, or enough to get the Combi to 62mph in 14 seconds. Brisk acceleration produces a high-pitched whine from under the bonnet, but drive more sedately and you’ll barely hear the motor. Wind noise is noticeable in the absence of other sounds, and there’s a degree of body boom over big bumps, but compared to an average diesel van the Combi is as peaceful as a monks’ library.

Officially, range on a full charge is 106 miles and terminal velocity is 76mph. The closer you veer towards one of those numbers, the further you’ll stray from the other. A domestic wallbox will deliver a full charge in eight hours or so, best done overnight. Support for faster DC charging is an option, and Nissan has installed the beefed-up chargers at 50 of its dealers as well as at Ikea stores and some motorway service areas.

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