Nissan turns over a sharper, longer-lasting new Leaf

First look Nissan Leaf

The worldwide uncover was live spilled from Japan on a tremendous screen, before Nissan flaunted red, white, and blue models, in the tissue, in front of an audience in Las Vegas.Nissan Motor Co Ltd (NISSAN) will dispatch a patched up form of its Leaf electric vehicle (EV) on Wednesday, clashing with Tesla Inc.'sModel 3 and beating off feedback that a constrained driving reach will tiresome its mass-advertise advance. Nissan LEAF is the official sponsor of National Drive Electric Week for the third straight year.

Fret not, much like the Tesla Model 3, a long-range version will be released later on (sometime next year, maybe at the same time as its US sales debut) and it should go over the 200 miles benchmark.

The Tesla Model 3 has a base range of at least 220 miles. Nissan has said that the new leaf will have extended range of nearly 250kms as per the EPA certifications.

For the month of August, the Chevy Bolt sold 2,107 units (its best sales month ever), compared with 70 for the Model 3.

"Electric vehicle technology is advancing rapidly - costs are falling quickly and range is improving", said Professor David Bailey, an automobile expert at Aston Business School.

In the USA, most drivers travel less than 50 miles on a typical day.

The Leaf will be on sale in Japan in October while local sales will probably start late in 2018 as production comes on stream.

The other semi-autonomous feature we sampled was the ProPilot Assist system, which is Nissan's intelligent adaptive cruise control.

There's also a new feature which is meant to make urban driving easier, called the e-Pedal. Acceleration and braking are both largely dictated by how much the driver is depressing the accelerator pedal, with energy regeneration and braking happening when the driver lifts their foot off the pedal. A conventional braking pedal remains in place to deal with what Nissan calls "aggressive braking situations".

Projector beam headlights with dual, direct-lens low and high beams are a first for Nissan, while the rear of the new Leaf has a signature design with combination headlights and a spoiler integrated into the window graphics. It also plans to launch a version in the next year with a range of more than 300 miles.

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

Nissan is also said to offer higher priced model with more power and range next year.

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.

Apple CarPlay will also be on board the new Nissan Leaf in models that are equipped with the navigation system.

But the updated EV also loads up automated driving features and connected-car functions.

The Leaf, the world's best-selling electric vehicle, is facing increasing competition in the fast-developing green auto market, fuelled in part by tightening emissions standards around the world. It lets drivers accelerate and decelerate by increasing or decreasing the pressure applied to the accelerator.

Nissan has yet to reveal specs and pricing for Europe, though the company has claimed it will be comparable with the current Nissan leaf, which starts at £21,680.

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