Nissan adds range to cheaper Leaf, but new drivers are key

Nissan adds range to cheaper Leaf, but new drivers are key

Japan's Nissan Motor Co. said Wednesday it will launch a fully remodeled version of its zero-emission Leaf electric vehicle on October 2.

Nissan says the 2018 Leaf will go on sale in all 50 usa states in early 2018.

For the last few weeks, Nissan has teased pictures of the new Nissan Leaf, so we pretty much knew what the new EV looked like. 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.

The worry for Nissan, however, is that "range anxiety" will dampen excitement over the new release.

Nissan promises a fast charge (up to 80 percent) in 40 minutes on the Leaf.

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. This marks a sizable increase over the current Leaf's 107 mile range, but certainly falls short against rivals such as the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Tesla Model 3.

However, it is facing increasing competition in the fast-developing "green" vehicle market, fuelled in part by tightening emissions standards around the world. "It also has core strengths that will be embodied by future Nissan models", said Hiroto Saikawa, president and chief executive officer of Nissan.

Beyond the under bonnet tweaks, Nissan has given the new Leaf a solid makeover in the looks department; the new model spots much sharper lines than its predecessor and opts for a more angular aesthetic over the more rounded design of the older auto.

In Japan, it starts at 3.15 million yen ($29,000) with the most expensive version costing 3.99 million yen ($37,000).

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.

Inside, Nissan has kept the interior of the Leaf fairly conservative as well.

Nissan officially states that they are trying to place the 40-kWh Lithium-ion battery.

The news here is, of course, the Leaf's power. Apart from being able to park itself, the ProPILOT system will also have semi-autonomous driving abilities.

India's recently announced plans of going all electric by 2030, and that has been the fuel for many a heated discussion about which electric auto will drive India's future. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010.

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