Look Nissan LEAF to go further

Delia Watkins
September 7, 2017

The zero-emissions vehicle - which Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co. unveiled in the USA late Tuesday and in a Tokyo suburb Wednesday - promises a travel range of about 400 kilometers in Japanese driving conditions or 150 miles in the US, before needing another charge.

More than 283,000 Leaf cars have been sold since the Japanese firm launched the brand in 2010, making it the world's most purchased electric auto.

That lower cost - plus the car's new design and some high-tech features - could make buyers willing to pass up on the extra miles of range they may rarely need.

But manufacturers are beginning to focus on electric technology, and vehicles like the BMW i3 have begun to change perceptions. Tesla's Model 3, with its lack of grille and, well, anything at all on the dashboard beyond a giant touchscreen, is the kind of auto that makes you feel like you're buying into the future. The tech also allows the vehicle to self-park nose- or tail-first as well as parallel, assuming we get the Japanese spec model. Nissan has even, said that they don't like the EV badging that the Leaf is getting since it is after all just a vehicle. With the 2018 Nissan Leaf being able to now travel 150 miles on a single charge, that means the Leaf is now closer to the top of the segment, only to be out done by Tesla and the Chevy Bolt. "It's the awareness that comes with more entrants into the market". Even with the added features, Nissan lowered the price by $690 from the 2017 model, making it attractive to current owners, he said. The new model, whose Japanese sales start in early October followed by Europe and the U.S.in January, has a window to build momentum before Tesla ramps up production for its mass-market Model 3 and a large number of other EV models hit the roads over the next few years.

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Nissan touts its ProPILOT Assist as a way of taking the stress out of steady state single lane driving by employing automatic adaptive cruise control, lane keeping and braking to reduce the driver's workload.

New e-Pedal technology lets drivers start, accelerate, decelerate and stop by increasing or decreasing the pressure applied to the accelerator. It is going to rival with Chevrolet Bolt EV and Tesla Model 3.

Hiroto Saikawa, president and chief executive officer of Nissan Motor Co., explains the features of the new Leaf at the Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba's Mihama Ward on September 6. The interior has also been completely redesigned. The Japanese carmaker said it would offer a higher priced model, with greater power and range, next year.

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

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