New Nissan LEAF has a bigger range than ever before

Audrey Hill
September 7, 2017

The automaker claims the new LEAF is the world's most advanced mass-market electric vehicle, with its 378km driving range nearly 50 per cent further than that of its predecessor, which was first launched back in 2010 and is now the UK's highest selling EV. Nissan sold a whopping 2.83 lakh units of the first-generation Leaf EV that went on sale internationally in 2010 which easily makes it the most popular EV sold globally. It is China's aim to have electric battery cars and plug-in hybrids to account for at least one-fifth of its vehicle sales by 2025.

The new Leaf's wider, lower stance improves handling, according to Nissan.

Prices will start at 3,150,360 yen (£22,220), Nissan said.

NISSAN has revealed its latest Leaf all-electric model which will be on sale in the United Kingdom in January.

Along with extended travel range, the new Nissan Leaf has even received a power upgrade, now equipped with a more powerful engine than its predecessor. The auto will be sold in 60 markets worldwide. Simultaneously, the Leaf also offers the various modern conveniences on which many automobile industries are working; including the driver assist system of Nissan, called as "ProPILOT Assist" that combines lane keeping and adaptive cruise control. Coming to market in 2018 with a 40 kWh battery and a sub-200-mile range is risky, considering the Chevy Bolt's 60 kWh battery offers up to 239 miles of range and the Tesla Model 3 will get you at least 220 miles in base form, and 310 miles at the top-end.

In addition, Nissan has installed in the new Leaf the e-Pedal technology, which automatically applies the brakes when drivers lift their foot off the accelerator.

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Nissan is not the only company who is developing electric cars.

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.

The cabin has also been redesigned to focus on the driver, with a front panel that forms a gliding wing.

The new LEAF will be on display throughout the three-day TIM event at the recently renovated Cobo Center. If the accelerator is released, regenerative and friction brakes are applied automatically, bringing the Leaf to a complete stop.

Brian Maragno, director of electric vehicle marketing for Nissan in the USA, said the 2018 Leaf will start at $29,990 before a $7,500 federal tax credit, an important price point to current Leaf owners, many of whom will come back as repeat buyers.

The new Leaf, which will be on sale in Japan from October and around the world early next year, has a longer range due to a bigger 40 kilowatt hour battery.

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