Welcome the 2018 Nissan Leaf to the Family

Danny Woods
September 11, 2017

Nissan finally unveiled the next generation model of its all-electric vehicle this week at an event in Las Vegas' Thomas & Mack Center, establishing it as an automaker with one of the more affordable electric vehicles soon to hit the market.

Furthermore, Business Insider notes that Nissan is also working on a smart rearview mirror capable of streaming a video feed from a camera mounted on the back.

Much of the focus has been on the new car's range rating, projected to be 150 miles combined when it's confirmed by the EPA. This will be done with the help of various clinics and other similar activities in the country.

It's hard to find effective criticism against the new Nissan Leaf. This does not mean that you will see the new-gen Leaf playing on the Indian streets anytime next year. "So in terms of strategy, the Note e-Power and the Leaf are the two things we are studying", Schillaci added.

Nissan representative talk all things “LEAF”
Nissan representative talk all things “LEAF”

The vehicle is expected to arrive with a 40kWh battery which will allow the vehicle to offer about 150miles of range. The company has announced it will produce the new electric auto at assembly plants in the United Kingdom and US, joining the Japanese plant that has been producing the current Leaf since day one. "As long as you are above 300km, the range isn't an issue anymore". Schillaci said the vehicle would be able to travel more than 225 miles (362 km), using EPA-based estimates.

"The new Nissan Leaf, with its improved autonomy range, combined with the evolution of autonomous drive technology, such as ProPilot Park and the simple operation of the e-Pedal, strengthens Nissan's EV leadership, as well as the expansion of EVs globally". Another possible feature to be carried over from the Leaf is the e-Pedal which handles both accelerating and braking by simply adding or decreasing pedal pressure.

The new Leaf enters what carmakers call "white space" in the market: a place where no other maker offers a vehicle. Placing further emphasis on the plan, road transport and highways minister, Nitin Gadkari recently sent out a stern message to automakers urging them to switch to alternative fuel saying he will not mind "bulldozing" them in order to curb pollution. Given that Nissan is talking openly about both a higher performance, longer range version-as well as other electric models in several different form factors-this vehicle represents a logical progression of a shift from fossil fuels.

"Government of India has made a huge statement, it wants that only electric cars should be operating by 2030".

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