Nissan Leaf Arrives With 150 Mile Range, $30k Price Tag

Nissan Leaf Arrives With 150 Mile Range, $30k Price Tag

New Leaf Nissan is hoping to tempt drivers with its latest iteration of the 2018 Nissan Leaf: an electric vehicle that can go 150 miles (43 miles further than the current Leaf) plus it's conservatively priced at just shy of $30,000.

THE 2017 Nissan Leaf battery-electric vehicle has been unveiled in Tokyo with a 400km range in standard form - giving it slightly longer legs than a Tesla Model 3.

For the first time, this higher-capacity, physically larger battery will also be teamed with a more powerful electric motor, although Nissan has yet to reveal exactly how much extra power this version will have over the standard auto.

There will be a higher-power version with larger battery capacity and longer range - and at a higher price of course - towards the end of 2018/beginning of 2019.

A 7-inch full-colour TFT display is centralised and sits flush in the middle of the dashboard on the new Leaf, featuring a matte chrome trim like the leather steering wheel. Pricing for the 2018 Nissan Leaf will start at $29,990.

The overall design is more aggressive than the model it will replace and is inspired by the new-gen Nissan Micra.

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 vehicle, which arrives as a 2018 model, is due to start delivery early next year and has been priced from a very reasonable $30,875.

The new model is a huge jump forward with electric range boosted by more than 50 per cent to 235-miles.

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The 2018 Leaf has also undergone a radical design overhaul with a flat, sharper nose and a more streamlined rear to aid fuel efficiency. And while the 400,000-odd orders for Tesla's newly launched Model 3 suggest that gap will soon be diminished, it shows that up to now, Nissan has brought the EV to more people than any other make.

It also looks much more like a mainstream Nissan than the current model. The leaf also benefits from Nissan's new single-pedal driving set up which allows you to brake and accelerate with the same foot.

ProPilot Assist is combing with what Nissan calls ePedal, which is the ability for drivers to drive the Leaf using only one pedal.

Specs aside, by far the biggest change in the 2018 Leaf is a complete restyling inside and out, making the Leaf a recognizable part of the Nissan global small-car lineup.

Only in emergencies will you need to actually press the brake pedal, says Nissan. A quick charge system is also available and can recharge the battery to 80-percent in as little as 40 minutes.

Beginning with its exterior design, the all-new Leaf features a low, sleek profile that veers away from the previous model's shape.

Nissan also tried to downplay the "EV" identity of the auto, arguing that it's actually just a auto - they're trying to draw equivalence between electric vehicles and vehicles that use traditional fuel-injection vehicles, as a way of signaling that this will be a much more broad-reaching focus going forward in terms of market ambitions.

The new model, whose Japanese sales start in early October followed by Europe and the U.S. in January, has a window to build momentum before Tesla ramps up production for its mass-market Model 3 and a large number of other EV models hit the roads over the next few years.