The All-Electric Nissan ARIYA SUV: A Complete Guide For Ireland

Nissan Ariya electric SUV Ireland
Price: N/A
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: Crossover (SUV)
Battery size: 63 kWh/ 87 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 402 - 519 km
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)


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The All-Electric Nissan ARIYA Crossover SUV


Nissan Motor Corporation, a leading player in the global automotive sector is headquartered in Japan. The company is well known for leading automotive brands, to include, Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun. In 1999, Nissan became part of the global Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance. The partnership makes these companies the 3rd largest automotive group in the world after Volkswagen and Toyota.

The all-electric ARIYA crossover SUV, is a new electric vehicle (EV) from the Japanese automotive manufacturer. It is the first all-electric SUV from Nissan. The Nissan ARIYA electric SUV was unveiled at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.  

The mid-sized concept EV crossover is an expansion from the IMx concept unveiled in the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show (IM is the title Nissan uses for future-thinking self-driving and EV propulsion ideas). The Ariya does not use the IM nomenclature. Despite the automotive manufacturers incredible success with the all-electric Nissan Leaf, it took Nissan a decade to launch its second pure electric family car. Nevertheless, it has been worth the wait!

The coupé styled Nissan Ariya electric is available in two EV battery sizes, and as a front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive variant. Fantastic, as this increases the broader appeal of the Nissan EV to a larger consumer base. The smaller EV battery (63 kWh) variant is only available as a front-wheel drive.

In terms of practical emission-free electric range, both EV battery sizes have much to offer, depending on the commuting needs of the family or company-car driver. The 63 kWh EV battery has an electric range up to 402 km (WLTP), while the 87 kWh has a claimed e-range up to 519 km (WLTP).

Even adjusting for real-world driving conditions, both options remain useful! For the 63 kWh expect a real-world range closer to 380 km, while for the larger EV battery, 490 km will be more realistic. More than adequate for city and longer distance motorway driving.

The Nissan Ariya EV incorporates a single-phase (7.4 KW AC) onboard charger for the smaller EV battery and a 3-phase 22 KW AC onboard charger for the larger EV battery. It is certainly logical, as the larger an EV battery, the faster the charging capability, the better! However, given that the majority of homes in Ireland have single-phase power supply, taking advantage of the 22 kW onboard charger will be only for those with access to three-phase EV charging at home, work or at a public destination.

The 63 kWh EV can be fully charged (single-phase) in 10 hours using a dedicated residential EV charger like zappi. The 87 kWh can be full charged in 13 hours and 30 minutes using single-phase charging. At three-phase EV charging, the larger battery can be fully charged in 5 hours. Though the Nissan electric car can be charged via a domestic 3-PIN socket, we at e-zoomed discourage the use of a domestic socket to charge an electric car.

We at e-zoomed recommend charging overnight when the electricity prices are lower. We also recommend charging on a regular basis. This way charging times are reduced and regular charging is good for the long-term maintenance of the onboard EV battery. Nissan offers a 8 years/ 150,000 km warranty for the EV battery.

The Nissan Ariya Crossover also offers DC charging capability. However, DC charging is limited to 130 kW, which is certainly not class-leading. Given the price tag and EV battery size, we would have expected faster DC charging capability. Nevertheless, the Nissan Ariya EV can be charged reasonably fast. For the 63 kWh EV battery it will take up to 35 minutes to charge from 20% to 80%. For the 87 kWh it will take up to 40 minutes.

The exterior coupe styling of the crossover SUV enhances its appeal, in particular for consumers keen on a more futuristic design. The interior is minimalistic, as we now expect to see with most electric cars, with upholstery sympathetic to the environment.  According to Nissan ‘in keeping with the Japanese notion of beauty in subtlety, the Ariya concept interior visuals reflect a timeless, modest sensibility’. 

The EV also offers a host of safety features, to include: ProPILOT with Navi-Link, intelligent driver alertness, intelligent lane keep assist, intelligent blind spot intervention, 360° digitally enhanced around view monitor with moving object detection, traffic sign recognition and more. Also include is a 12.3” TFT Screen.

The EV offers decent practicality, though the rear view is slightly impacted by the more aggressive roofline. The Ariya offers up to 466 L boot space. For the all-wheel drive E-4ORCE, the boot space is smaller.

In terms of performance, the front-wheel drive Nissan Ariya (63 kWh) achieves 0-100 km/h in 7.5 seconds (max power: 217 PS/ torque: 300 Nm). The all-wheel drive 87 kWh e-4ORCE variant is the fastest. The EV can achieve 0-100 km/h in 5.7 seconds (max power: 306 PS/ torque: 600 Nm). The top speed of the EV is between 160 km/h and 200 km/h, depending on the variant chosen. Of course, the electric car also benefits from instant torque.

The EV is not currently available in Ireland. It is marked as ‘coming soon’ on the manufacturers website.


PROS CONS
Attractive exterior styingDC charging only up to 130 kW
Available in two EV battery options22 kW AC onboard charger not standard on all variants
Good zero-emission electric rangeHigher trim levels expensive. Cheaper alternatives available

The All-Electric Nissan ARIYA (credit: Nissan)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body Type:Crossover (SUV)
Engine:Electric
Available In Ireland:No (coming soon)

Variants (3 Options)
Ariya 63 kWh (price not available)
Ariya 87 kWh (price not available)
Ariya E-4ORCE 87 kWh (price not available)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in two battery sizes: 63 kWh/ 87 kWh
Charging:130 kW DC rapid charging. On board charger: up to 22 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
EV Battery Warranty:8 years or 150,000 km

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity: 16.7 kWh€ 4.00
Battery net capacity: 30.0 kWh€ 7.19
Battery net capacity: 39.2 kWh€ 9.39
Battery net capacity: 45.0 kWh€ 10.78
Battery net capacity: 50.0 kWh€ 11.98
Battery net capacity: 64.0 kWh€ 15.34
Battery net capacity: 71.0 kWh€ 17.01
Battery net capacity: 77.0 kWh€ 18.45
Battery net capacity: 90.0 kWh€ 21.57
Battery net capacity: 100.0 kWh€ 23.97
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in Ireland varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for Ireland is 23.97 cents/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Dimensions
Height (mm):1660
Width (mm):1850
Length (mm):4595
Wheelbase (mm):2775
Turning Circle (m):N/A
Boot Space (L):466

ARIYA 63 kWh
EV Battery Capacity:63 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):402 km
Electric Consumption (kWh/100km):N/A
Charging:130 kW DC rapid charging (20%-80%: 30 minutes). On board charger: 7.4 kW AC
Top Speed:160 km/h
0-100 km/h:7.5 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Max Power (PS):217
Torque (Nm):300
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,900 – 2,200
Colours:N/A
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

ARIYA 87 kWh
EV Battery Capacity:87 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):519 km
Electric Consumption (kWh/100km):N/A
Charging:130 kW DC rapid charging(20%-80%: 30 minutes). On board charger: 22 kW AC
Top Speed:160 km/h
0-100 km/h:7.6 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Max Power (PS):242
Torque (Nm):300
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,800 – 2,300
Colours:N/A
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

ARIYA 87 kWh e-4ORCE
EV Battery Capacity:87 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):492 km
Electric Consumption (kWh/100km):N/A
Charging:130 kW DC rapid charging(20%-80%: 30 minutes). On board charger: 22 kW AC
Top Speed:200 km/h
0-100 km/h:5.7 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Max Power (PS):N/A
Torque (Nm):600
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):N/A
Colours:N/A
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

Type Of Electric Vehicles


Type Of Electric Vehicle (EV) Description
Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicles (MHEVs)Mild hybrids use both an internal combustion engine (ICE) and electric motor. These cars are also known as ‘self-charging hybrids’. The vehicle uses regenerative braking (recuperated electric energy) to improve the fuel efficiency and to reduce tailpipe emissions (CO2 g/km). However, mild hybrids cannot be charged by an external power source (i.e. EV charger). The recuperated electric energy is also used to boost the the combustion engine enhancing acceleration. Automotive manufactures (OEMs) like Toyota are one of the pioneers in developing and introducing mild hybrid vehicles. The ubiquitous Toyota Prius mild hybrid is an excellent example. Toyota also helped popularise the use of mild hybrids in the premium segment via its wholly owned Lexus brand.
Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs)Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) aim to achieve the same objectives like a MHEV i.e. increase fuel efficiency and reduce tailpipe emissions. However there is much difference between a PHEV and a MHEV. The PHEV has a larger electric motor and onboard EV battery that is used to assist the internal combustion engine (ICE), but also to propel the vehicle. In a MHEV, the small onboard electric motor does not propel the vehicle. PHEVs come in varied EV battery sizes, but in general, most PHEVs have an EV battery size below 20 kWh. A plug-in electric car is capable of up to 50 km on electric mode. However, some PHEVs are capable of a longer pure electric range. The Volvo XC60 PHEV is a good example of a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Moreover, a PHEV EV battery is charged by using an external power source to include, a domestic 3-PIN plug or a dedicated EV charger.
Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)A battery-electric vehicle is more commonly referred to as a pure electric car. The EV is ‘pure’, in that, the vehicle only uses electric power for propulsion i.e. a BEV does not have an internal combustion engine (ICE). It is easy to recognise these zero-tailpipe emission green cars, as these vehicles are silent (except for the artificial noise) and do not have a tailpipe! The pure electric vehicles have a much larger onboard EV battery compared to a PHEV. The EV battery on a BEV can be as large as 120 kWh, though an average is 60 kWh. In any case, most BEVs have an EV battery larger than 30 kWh. BEVs also use regenerative braking to improve the vehicle efficiency and electric range. However, the main source for the EV range is the EV battery, which can only be charged using an external power source, like an EV charger. BEVs can vary in electric range. However the more recent BEVs have a range between 300 to 500 km (WLTP) on a single charge. As an example, the all-electric VW ID.3 has a range up to 540 km.

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Martina Giobbio

Like, many in her generation, Martina is very passionate about protecting the environment and creating a more sustainable future. Though she is new to the electric driving sector, her drive to learn and contribute is unparalleled. Martina has a Bachelor Degree in Italian Humanities and a Master Degree in Communication from the University of Milan. She has previously worked in press offices and a publishing house. She loves writing and reading.

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