Friday, 17 November, 2017

Much anticipated redesign bows — Nissan Leaf

2018 Nissan LEAF 2018 Nissan LEAF
Terence Owen | 06 September, 2017, 14:12

But the automaker is pitching the second generation, unveiled today, as all that and much more.

Nissan asserts the new Leaf's 40 kWh battery will give 150 miles of range under EPA testing and 400km (248.5 miles) under the Japanese JC08 cycle.

The vehicle maker has been quiet about some of the most important features of the new Leaf, including its expected range and its price. The extended range is said to be thanks to the improvements in design, as well as a new battery. A premium edition will also follow.

The new model is a huge jump forward with electric range boosted by more than 50 per cent to 235-miles. "The value equation for the new Leaf is even stronger than ever before - beginning with a starting (price) under $30,000". The new design has made the vehicle more aerodynamic, which in return improves the stability of the auto. But he did not specify a testing cycle. Given that most of us charge at home most of the time-but do occasionally take road trips-this may actually be more important than battery range.

Nissan's saving grace against the range difference may end up being the price tag. In the meantime, you can save $30,000 for the initial premium of the vehicle, plus roughly $7,000 in federal tax that you'll need to pay if you want it next year. The refresh fixes that, adding a low, sleek profile and a sleek silhouette.

The new Leaf is a neat little vehicle that seems ideal for a daily commute that isn't punishingly long. To date, Nissan has sold 280,000 Leafs and, since 2012, 80,000 units of sister model Zoe developed with Renault SA.

While it doesn't look like it from where we sit in the Antipodes, Nissan has a proper hit on its hands with the all-electric hatchback, the Leaf. Signalling that the new Leaf is so much more than just EV project for display but something that will lead their global charge.

It's all good stuff, but there's nothing here that matches the promises (and accompanying headlines) of the Bolt and Model 3. The Chevy Bolt from General Motors Co. And Volkswagen, Honda, Ford and Toyota are among the many others working on their own electric cars. "The entire world is shifting toward an era of EVs".

The new Nissan Leaf brings with it a whole new design, which will come as no surprise to most. The Leaf will be the first Nissan in the U.S.to feature the company's ProPilot autonomous driving tech.

Dollar falls on concern about North Korea, Fed rate outlook
You are looking at another possible hit to our economy", said Karl Haeling, vice president at Landesbank Baden-Wurttemberg in NY . The euro (EUR=) edged up 0.17 percent to $1.1915, while Sterling (GBP=) was last trading at $1.3029, up 0.76 percent.

Another feature that is noteworthy is the innovative smart one-pedal driving technology. But Nissan is adding a new push-button self-parking function.

Unfortunately, ProPilot Park won't be available in the first model year of the new-gen Leaf, but it'll be on offer after that.

Another driver aid is Nissan's e-Pedal which allows for one-pedal driving. According to Nissan, this is a single pedal that allows the driver to accelerate and brake "seamlessly". Push down, it speeds the auto ahead. Most electric cars, including the outgoing Leaf, have regenerative braking, where the energy that is usually lost when you lift off the accelerator is instead used to put some charge back into the battery, with the side effect that the vehicle slows noticeably. Nissan says it can cover 90 percent of a driver's needs, relieving drivers of the stress of shifting back and forth from the brake and accelerator.

Essentially, e-Pedal technology is Nissan putting all the power in your right foot. This is an extension of the ProPILOT system which is Nissan's single-lane autonomous driving cruise control. It will be able to travel more than 300 miles on a single charge, Mr. Saikawa said.

The all-new model improves on just about everything from the outgoing Leaf, though the smooth, egg-like styling did slowly grow on me.

Nissan design executives admitted several years ago that the first-generation electric car's lines were polarizing, and that perhaps the next generation might not be quite as extreme.

But the Leaf faces a crowding field of rivals. The vehicle will be sold in 60 markets worldwide. It gets 238 miles on a full charge, makes 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds and has a top speed of 93 mph. But they are optioned as pricey upgrades.

When the Leaf with Australia is yet to be confirmed, but expect it to arrive late 2018.

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