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New Nissan Leaf electric vehicle to have 400km range

06 Setiembre 2017, 02:55 | Benedicto Grullon

New Nissan Leaf debuts tonight

2018 Nissan Leaf Leaves Fans Sweating Over E-Pedal

Signalling that the new Leaf is so much more than just EV project for display but something that will lead their global charge.

The Nissan Leaf - the world's most popular all-electric auto - got a major upgrade at a bustling event in Yokohama, Japan this morning.

The 2018 Nissan Leaf hatchback has debuted, and we can now see every facet of the second generation of the world's best-selling electric vehicle.

"We believe the new LEAF will be another game changer for Nissan in the USA, just as the redesigned Rogue has been in the previous year and a half, hitting the "sweet spot" in the growing EV segment", said Muñoz.

Inside the new Leaf you'll notice many features from the all-new Micra.

There's a hint of the latest Micra and Qashqai about it - whether that's a compliment or not depends on if you like those cars - but we can't imagine many people would prefer the outgoing Leaf aesthetically. The hood also has some steep creases to give the new Leaf a far sportier look. Ergonomic testing by Nissan shows that this new 45-degree angle allows drivers of all heights to easily and comfortably connect the charger. The model goes on sale in Japan on October 2, and in January in the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Sweetening the deal is Nissan's ProPilot Assist semi-autonomous technology, which can control the vehicle's acceleration, braking and steering inputs during single-lane highway driving.

The new Leaf gets a 40kWh battery in place of the old one's 30kWh, and it still runs down the centre of the floor where a normal car's gearbox tunnel would be. Its starting price in the US will be under $30,000, which is even cheaper than the current Leaf.

"The new Nissan LEAF drives Nissan Intelligent Mobility, which is the core brand strategy for Nissan's future", said Hiroto Saikawa, president and chief executive officer of Nissan. The Leaf will be the first Nissan in the feature the company's ProPilot autonomous driving tech. Nissan's throttle and motor tuning will limit maximum torque away from the traffic lights, to avoid wheelspin and other un-Leafy behaviour, but it should be pretty punchy from, say, 10mph to about 40mph. High-power recharging is enabled through the CHAdeMO standard, the 40-kWh model getting 80 percent full in about 40 minutes.

Nissan was one of the first automakers to mass market an EV in 2010 with the first Leaf, now the world's best-selling all-battery vehicle. With over 2.8 lakh Nissan Leaf electric cars sold so far globally, the vehicle has been giving its rivals - Chevrolet Volt, and BMW i3 among others a tough time. "But the Leaf has price and manufacturing capacity on its side".

The intelligent driving technologies that the vehicle will boast includes the ProPILOT ADAS (advanced driver assistance system).

The Leaf's range is short of the 220 miles of the base version of Tesla's Model 3, the luxury electric automaker's first foray into more affordable cars, which launched in July with a starting price of $35,000.

With this feature activated, drivers can accelerate, decelerate and even hold the vehicle in place on a hill by simply pressing and releasing the accelerator pedal.

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