Published: Thu, September 07, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

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

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

"If the range goes up and the price remains the same, the new Nissan Leaf will continue to offer one of the least expensive and practical ways to own a pure electric vehicle", said Ed Hellwig, a senior editor at car-shopping researcher Edmunds.

The new Leaf goes on sale in Japan on October 10, but USA drivers will have to wait until "early 2018" to get their hands on it, Nissan says.

Despite boosting, rival models can go much further than Nissan's latest offering.

Some of the autonomous-like features include ProPILOT Park technology which is capable of taking over the accelerator, brakes, and steering to guide the auto into a parking space.

The worry for Nissan, however, is that "range anxiety" will dampen excitement over the new release. The whole new Leaf is packing up features like; autonomous parking technology and will provide a 150 miles range, a whopping 40% increase from the initial models that Nissan unveiled last 2010. "It also has the core strengths that will be embodied by future Nissan models".

The rising interest in electric vehicles as well as well as the availability of competitive models will ultimately help Nissan sell EVs in the USA once the 2018 Leaf goes on sale across the country early next month, company officials predicted as they took the wraps off the Leaf during an event in Las Vegas. Toyota Motor Corp. has been more aggressive about gas-electric hybrids, exemplified in its hit Prius model, and is expanding to plug-in hybrids, as well as hydrogen-powered vehicles.

New e-Pedal technology lets drivers start, accelerate, decelerate and stop by increasing or decreasing the pressure applied to the accelerator.

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

Also featured on the Leaf is ProPilot Park, a fully autonomous parking system. That is in large part thanks to a new 40kWh lithium-ion battery, replacing a 24kWh battery in the old model.

The price of the new Leaf will be similar to the current model, which starts from about $30,000, according to Schillaci.

The new Nissan LEAF features three main new intelligent driving technologies.

Some analysts are more skeptical about electric cars' appeal to the broader market, noting the biggest obstacle is their limited driving range per charge. On the inside, you'll find a 7-inch touchscreen and a nice digital/analog driver instrument cluster.

Performance has been upgraded too, the electric motor now produces 110kW of power and 320Nm of torque. Nissan says this capability "significantly reduces stress when driving on the highway in flowing and heavy traffic" conditions.

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