Nissan was one of the first automakers to market an electric vehicle to the general public, when it launched the first Leaf back in 2010. It's much better looking than the Leaf in previous versions making it more mainstream. Nissan LEAF is the official sponsor of National Drive Electric Week for the third straight year. Tesla's Model 3, with its lack of grille and, well, anything at all on the dashboard beyond a giant touchscreen, is the kind of vehicle that makes you feel like you're buying into the future.
Now that it's longer and wider than the outgoing Leaf, designers aimed to emphasise the lower centre of gravity in the new vehicle. ProPILOT offers autonomous single-lane driving meaning you don't need to steer or touch the pedals at all.
The latest generation Leaf, which costs Yen 3.15 million (Rs 18.61 lakh or United States 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. With the 2018 Nissan Leaf being able to now travel 150 miles on a single charge, that means the Leaf is now closer to the top of the segment, only to be out done by Tesla and the Chevy Bolt. Nissan was an innovator seven years ago when it unveiled its first Leaf, with 280,000 units sold.
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ProPilot Park will give the vehicle autonomous parking capabilities while the e-Pedal, which will come as standard on all new Leafs, allows drivers to accelerate and brake using one pedal thanks to the 0.2g of regenerative braking power.
Nissan President and CEO Hiroto Saikawa unveils its new Leaf electric vehicle during the world premiere in Chiba Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. The Tesla Model3 runs around 220 miles on a single charge with starting price of 35000. The cost of the auto will be slightly lesser by next month while going on the sale in Japan, with following the United States, Europe, Canada and so on by coming January.
The interior design creates a relaxed ambience and premium quality feel, due to carefully selected materials.
The new Leaf will use Sonar tech and cameras to drive itself in various parking spots, be it angled, parallel, straight or so on.
Brian Maragno, director of electric vehicle marketing for Nissan in the US, said the 2018 Leaf will start at $29,990 before a $7,500 federal tax credit, an important price point to current Leaf owners, many of whom will be repeat buyers.