September 25 2017

New design, more range, all electric — Nissan Leaf

September 25 2017, 02:46 | Geraldine Moore

2018 Nissan Leaf Leaves Fans Sweating Over E-Pedal

2018 Nissan LEAF

As yet Nissan have not announced where the New LEAF will be produced and details for the model are expected to be revealed soon.

Nissan now builds the Leaf in at its plants in Sunderland in the UK, Smyrna in Tennessee, and Oppama, Japan. "The minimum, minimum line that I said is double the sales and it could be triple", he said. Volkswagen is giving the e-Golf a bigger battery, and Hyundai's releasing an all-electric Ioniq, vastly increasing the choice for exciting, affordable, electrics.

The auto will continue to use lithium-ion batteries from Automotive Energy Supply Corp, a battery maker which Nissan began as a joint venture with NEC Corp. It didn't quite work out that way.

The remodeled Leaf also gets a 6.6-kilowatt onboard charging system that draws more electricity from a 240-volt charging outlet, allowing the Leaf to go from empty to fully charged in about 7.5 hours, Maragno said.

It's all good stuff, but there's nothing here that matches the promises (and accompanying headlines) of the Bolt and Model 3. General Motors has introduced its Chevrolet Bolt EV.

People crowd around a 2018 Nissan Leaf on display during an unveiling event, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, in Las Vegas. "The entire world is shifting toward an era of EVs". That is attractively cheap for a reliable and easily-serviceable electric vehicle.

The new car's range has increased from 155 miles to 235 miles on a single charge and the Japanese brand claims the Leaf has been "redesigned for a new generation" with sleeker design inside and out. Other updates include advances in autonomous driving technology and more modern design.

The model also automates single-lane highway driving.

2018 Nissan LEAF
New 2018 Nissan Leaf EV Arrives Tonight

Then there's the new automatic parking function, ProPilot Park.

Another driver aid is Nissan's e-Pedal which allows for one-pedal driving. The brake pedal will still be needed in harsher braking situations, though. Push down, it speeds the vehicle ahead. This switchable system increases the regenerative braking when you lift off the accelerator to 0.2g, or around four times more than regular engine braking in a petrol or diesel auto. When that vehicle slowed, even to a stop, so did the Leaf.

The vehicle now offers ProPILOT Assist and e-Pedal technologies. It will be able to travel more than 300 miles on a single charge, Mr. Saikawa said. In Japan, the range of the second generation is rated 400 kilometers (249 miles), up from 280 kilometers (174 miles) under Japan's testing regime.

The new Leaf has had an overhaul inside and out. It's also cutting the price by $690 to just under $30,000. Tesla has taken enough pre-orders for the similarly priced Model 3 to cover an entire year of production.

But the Leaf faces a crowding field of rivals.

The next one on the list is a unique feature that is also a segment first. Nissan hasn't offered any 0-100km/h acceleration claims, so we can't compare it to the current model's 11.5 second figure, but we do know that top speed is unchanged at 144km/h.

The advanced technologies touted by Nissan include its ProPILOT driver assist, which uses systems that eventually will lead to autonomous operation, and e-Pedal, an approach that harnesses aggressive regenerative braking to enable one-pedal driving. But they are optioned as pricey upgrades. The Leaf's autonomous technology ProPILOT Assist will give "mainstream vehicle buyers an early sense of the kinds of technology" they can expect from future EV models.

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