Why 29990 is More Important to Some Than 150 — Nissan Leaf

Allan Goodman
September 8, 2017

Making their first model change in seven years, Nissan unveiled the all new LEAF at a major global vehicle show in Chiba, Japan as it seeks to battle off competitors in a sector it once pioneered. Tesla Inc. launched its entrant into the mass market in July, the Model 3, priced at $35,000 before the federal tax credit and with a starting range of 220 miles. The glossy "floating" roof joins seamlessly up with both the tinted rear windows and the dark boot, while the angular rear lights cut into the car's bodywork with welcome panache. For further scale, the Ford Focus is 12cm shorter but 3cm wider than the new Leaf. Its predecessor's quoted range was 155 miles in top-spec guise.

Like the previous generation, the new Leaf will come available in S, SV and top-end SL trim packages, and all USA models will come standard with a 147-hp electric motor, 6.6-kW onboard charger, a 7-in.

Nissan yesterday unveiled the new Nissan LEAF, featuring greater range, advanced technologies and a dynamic new design.

The covers came off the second-generation model at an event in Tokyo this week, revealing the new-look hatch and its specifications.

The range has been increased to a theoretical 235 miles on one charge, with it taking only 40 minutes to charge up to 80 per cent of the battery's capacity.

Production of the newest breed of the all electric vehicle will begin in U.S. and UK. This setup isn't yet in place in the United Kingdom, but the Government recently announced a £20 million feasibility study in this area.

One interesting new feature is called e-Pedal which, according to Nissan, lets you "drive and brake in a totally new and seamless way".

On sale in Europe from January 2018, the new Nissan LEAF will offer a range of 378 km/235miles (New European Driving Cycle) from a single charge.

Inside, the previous Leaf's separate upper and lower instrument panels have been replaced by a traditional panel, albeit one that contains a configurable 7-inch color screen.

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The new vehicle also debuts Nissan's new driver assist system called ProPilot, with assists drivers with autonomous parking, as well as highway driving through the use of adaptive cruise control and lane keeping.

Other user-friendly touches include a pair of cup-holders in the centre console, USB, 12-volt and 3.5mm aux-in inputs, as well as physical switches for the air-conditioning and heated seats - no touchscreen fumbling here.

"For our main customer, who wants that value relationship, .it hits that great balance of getting more range, getting more features, getting the right package and getting a mainstream vehicle", he said.

A more satisfied Leaf owner said he installed a three kilowatt solar panel at a cost of 750,000 rupees and was not drawing power from the national grid to charge his auto.

Unless you have a killer commute or plan on taking your EV on lengthy road trips, the Leaf with its standard battery pack should fit your driving requirements. Although likely to be optional, there are two of these, and the main ProPilot system works at speeds between 19 and 62mph.

The Leaf holds the distinction of being the most sold electric auto globally. This is is essentially an advance cruise-control that allows the vehicle to stay in its lane and continue performing in stop-and-go traffic - not revolutionary, and not almost as ambitious as Tesla Autopilot - but it is a very nice addition. This single-land driving assistant technology can help keep you at a set distance from the vehicle in front of you and it can help steer. However, unlike some other semi-autonomous cars from rival brands, the Leaf will not resume driving from stationary unless the driver touches the accelerator.

The 2019 Nissan Leaf is still off in the distance, but Nissan did confirm that it will feature a longer range at a higher price.

Overall, it left us impressed.

Will it be enough to give the new Leaf traction in the market? ProPILOT™ Assist and e-Pedal technologies make driving more enjoyable, helping enhance safety and reduce stress. Lifting slowly off the accelerator brings the vehicle to a gradual stop, while lifting off quickly is similar to full emergency braking.

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