First look: Nissan Leaf
The new EV, with an updated body design, gives an aerodynamic look. (Image Source: Nissan) Photograph: (Others)
Nissan Leaf is the upgraded version of the company's earlier produced best selling Car- 2017 Leaf.
The new launch is designed with intelligent driver assistance features, including ProPILOT semi autonomous driving and parking techniques.
The SAE level 2 feature makes car driving easier on single-lane highways.The automatic acceleration and braking maintain a distance between the car and vehicles ahead.
The new EV, with an updated body design, gives an aerodynamic look. The car is designed to make judicious use of its onboard electric battery.
That 40 kWh battery provides 150 miles of range under EPA estimates whereas 400 km or 238 miles under the less conservative Japanese rating agency standards.
The car provides three options to charge the battery. A 3 kW charger can charge the battery in 16 hours while it will take only 8 hours to charge using a high output 6 kW charger.
A quick charge option will allow it to recover 80 per cent of its charge in 40 minutes.
Also in 2018, an additional cost will provide a higher range, higher power performance version of the car.
Nissan is built with a "revolutionary e-Pedal" feature.The regenerative braking that is applied when the pedals are released allows single pedal driving and returns energy to the battery. The car will begin to accelerate when the pedal is kept down.
The car's interior is adorned with a 7-inch full-colour TFT touchscreen display featuring the new Safety Shield tech. The display shows what is going on around the car.
Nissan Leaf is expected to go on sale on October 2 in Japan. The deliveries are said to begin in January 2018 in the US, Canada, and Europe.
The Japanese company's up gradation of the existing car with better, stronger battery and longer range is said to be available at a price below the rival electric cars.
The company had introduced the Leaf in 2010 which emerged as the world's best selling Electric vehicle. However, it lost its fame after the release of new cars from Tesla and Chevy.