Nissan aims for pole position in electric cars with longer-range Leaf

Thursday, 07 Sep, 2017

With Chevrolet backing out of Indian markets, taking its fully-electric vehicle Bolt with it, and Tesla still trying to find a base of operations in the country, Nissan Leaf will only have competition from local players to worry about.

Nissan is not the only company who is developing electric cars. On Wednesday morning in Tokyo, Nissan unveiled the second-generation Leaf.

With 150 miles on a single charge, the new Leaf still doesn't match the range of either of those cars, but it does beat them on price.

The new Nissan (NSANY) Leaf debuted to mixed reviews from auto sites and blogs late Tuesday, with most noting that what the 2018 model of the popular mass-market electric vehicle lacks in design and range, vs. rivals from General Motors (GM) and Tesla (TSLA), it makes up in price. There were many leaked images online of the Nissan leaf 2018 automobile. The older model on the streets now comes with a 30-kWh battery, enough for a 170-km-long drive. Relying on just a single forward-facing radar and a monocular video camera, ProPilot Assist provides single-lane, feet-off-the-pedals driving (what's called adaptive cruise control). The new e-Pedal system will accelerate and decelerate, stop or hold with intelligence. The vehicle is provided with a 5-inch display.

The second-gen Leaf will go on sale internationally next year.

New body design features include Nissan's signature V-motion grille similar to the Nissan X-Trail and Qashqai. The vehicle is also provided with the hands free phone system and USB port. The whole line is dubbed as the Leaf, and the whole collection is expected to be available to the public somewhere around 2018. If the owner catches the battery depletion at the low warning signal up to 80 per cent of the battery can be recharged in 40 minutes. The company is going to produce it in various colour like white, red and blue models.

"For the day to day, we can cover most of the cases, which means you don't have to worry about the autonomous range when you drive", he said.

There is nothing which matches with the Bolt and Model 3.

The new Nissan LEAF will be on sale in Europe from January 2018.

"I'm not at all anxious about cross-shopping" the Leaf and Tesla's Model 3, Schillaci said in an interview. They are the base S, mid range SV, and fully equipped SL. Which leaves us with the recently launched 2018 all-electric Leaf the intensely anticipated successor, to one of the first ever production EVs is here, with some all new tricks up its sleeve.

The Leaf has also caught one-pedal fever, bumping up the regen you experience when lifting off the throttle.