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

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A square button on the dashboard activates Eco mode, which cuts the peak power available to the motor, gives the accelerator a sedative, and dials down the air conditioning. The range prediction shown on the digital dashboard will also go up by a few miles as a result. Driving in Eco mode feels a little like travelling through treacle but is fine if you’re not in a hurry, though it might not be so tolerable with a full load.

As a fully electric vehicle, the e-NV200 qualifies for a government sweetener at the time of purchase, as well as free entry to the London Congestion Zone (following a one-off registration fee). The Plug In Van Grant offers a 20% subsidy of up to £8,000, while the Plug In Car Grant contributes 25% capped at £5,000 – the car subsidy is the one that applies to the Combi.

After the grant, the e-NV200 van costs from £16,562+VAT, while the Combi range begins at £22,859 including VAT. By way of comparison, the Leaf electric car range starts at £21,490. A top of the range Combi Tekna Rapid Plus costs from £26,309, while a top spec Leaf in Tekna trim starts at £25,490.

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