New Nissan Leaf goes farther for less

2018 Nissan Leaf    
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Nissan added that a longer-range version with more power will arrive by the end of next year, albeit with a higher purchase price.

The second generation Leaf is due to go on sale in Japan in October.

The ProPILOT Park technology takes control of steering, acceleration, braking, shift changing and the parking brake to automatically guide it into a parking spots (including parallel).

The worry for Nissan, however, is that "range anxiety" will dampen excitement over the new release.

And even though the driving range offered by the next-generation Nissan Leaf is very much similar to what the Tesla Model 3 is offering, price could be a factor which gives the former a competitive edge over the latter. In performance, range and capabilities, though, there's a lot less between the Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model 3.

Competition in the electric vehicle market is rife and increasing as major automakers join specialised manufacturers to develop high-tech, low-emission cars. Nissan had announced a while back that the new leaf will feature their autonomous driving technology, making it the first autonomous electric production vehicle.




First introduced in 2010, the Nissan Leaf became the world's best-selling electric vehicle at a time when it had little competition in the EV market, and before Tesla came and rewrote the entire auto industry's playbook with the Model S in 2012.

The price tag in Japan will be around $29,000 (24,330 euros). Now, as per the new figures, it started trails on the Bolt and Tesla's Model S and x in U.S. sales.

It has been redesigned with "a sleeker look inside and out", and will also be Nissan's first to feature its self-driving technology for single lane roads, automated parking and a new one-pedal driving system. Nissan sold almost 283,000 cars and, in the USA, it sold over 112,000.

The new Leaf has an e-Pedal, a driving mode that essentially allows for one foot operation.

The latest generation Leaf, which costs Yen 3.15 million (Rs 18.61 lakh or Dollars 29,000) has a 40kWh battery with a cruising range of 400kms, more than three times the current range offered by the Mahindra e2o, one of the two fully electric cars on sale in India. Power is increased by 38 per cent compared with the outgoing model, to 110kW, while torque is up by 26 per cent to 320Nm. Inside the cabin, the Leaf now feels more like a normal vehicle, with most drive-affecting buttons (Eco Mode or e-Pedal) grouped together and the infotainment system featuring a 7-inch display (smaller on the base S trim). The model will be introduced next year, Nissan said in the statement.

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