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All-new 2018 Nissan LEAF unveiled with increased power & range

All-new 2018 Nissan LEAF unveiled with increased power & range”

The Yokohama, Japan-based automaker sold 49,000 Leafs in 2016, about 2,000 units fewer than Tesla's Model S, data compiled by Bloomberg New Energy Finance show.

At launch, claimed range for the Leaf will be about 379km.

The launch comes after luxury electric carmaker Tesla made its first foray into the Leaf's more affordable price band in July with its US$35,000 Model 3 boasting a range of 220 miles. "We are not walking away from that proposition", said Muñoz.

The new model is upgraded in every way, with a more powerful electric motor that also produces more torque with a battery pack that offers significantly longer range than the model it replaces.

The compact five-door's 40-kilowatt-hour battery is projected to get a 150-mile combined USA range rating, Nissan says, and the starting price is $30,875 including delivery.

A Leaf with over 200 miles of range likely is coming for the 2019 model year, but it will cost more, Maragno said.

THE next iteration of Nissan's Leaf electric vehicle can drive itself, be charged to 80% of capacity within 40 minutes and have a range of 400km.

Nissan, whose first Leaf was among the first mass-market EVs, has given its marquee model a sporty facelift drawing on its more mainstream designs including the Micra and Rogue, in an effort to dispel the image of EVs being only for the affluent and environment-conscious.

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Nissan also has its xStorage Home product, a recently launched in-home battery array meant to perform a similar function, as well as provide a charge point for a Leaf.

The new Nissan Leaf has autonomous driving features plus Nissan's e-Pedal-a single brake+accelerator pedal-all priced under $30,000.

However, much has changed since its 2011 introduction, and competitors have gained an advantage in the market with some impressive battery technology and semi-autonomous driving systems.

Stepping on the E-Pedal will get the Leaf to accelerate and cruise just like a standard gas pedal.

Nissan calls the new Leaf's e-Pedal a "cutting-edge innovation allowing you to drive and brake in a totally new and seamless way", but by the sounds of it this new gizmo is just an exaggerated engine braking function. Releasing the accelerator will bring the vehicle to a complete stop. The vehicle holds its position, even on uphill slopes, until the accelerator is pressed again. "The low centre of gravity helps handling, too, while the e-plus model will boost this". It will reach the US, Canada and Europe by January next year. Nissan's corporate face is bolder and the blue lighting leaves you with little doubt as to the Leaf's motivating force.

The touchscreen presents a power gauge meter as the standard setting but users will also be able to see Nissan's Safety Shield technology on the screen, as well as use NissanConnect, which allows driver's to search for charging stations operating hours and availability. General Motors has introduced its Chevrolet Bolt EV. The new Leaf will be sold in more than 60 markets worldwide eventually.

The price for the base model is expected to remain roughly the same, but since LEAFs have been on heavy discounts for the past years, nobody really remembers what that is.

Daniele Schillaci, who oversees Nissan's electric vehicle business, said that the new Leaf would overcome range anxiety in most markets and that customers care less about range than many believe. Nissan has a global workforce of 247,500 and has been partnered with French manufacturer Renault under the Renault-Nissan Alliance since 1999.



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