How Utterly Awesome Is The 2018 Nissan LEAF?


This story about the 2018 Nissan LEAF was originally published on CleanTechnica

Being unveiled entirely on September 6, 2017, in Japan, the new Nissan LEAF is ripe with Nissan’s most advanced technologies. Nissan is pitching that its redesigned next-generation LEAF promises to “amaze your senses” while raising the bar for the electric vehicle market. I think the LEAF set a fine standard for years — I’d be hesitant to replace the 2015 version I drive — so the next version must be incredible.

As you can see, “amazing” is the term Nissan is tying to the new LEAF. It’s a significant step beyond the first-generation LEAF’s marketing, which was focused on being green and not using gas. The company has clearly shifted to an approach that brands the LEAF as high-tech, amazing, and peaceful to drive.

Absolutely, the 100% electric car, with its zero tailpipe emissions, offers an effortless, quiet, agile, and most definitely refreshing experience while driving. This is something everyone can understand and will quickly notice in the car. But peaceful perhaps doesn’t attract as many humans as “amazing,” even if it means more in day-to-day life. The new Nissan LEAF, an icon of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, sports all of the available Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies. Drivers will become even more confident with enhanced vision and can better sense what is around the car.

Nissan keeps tantalizing EV lovers with glimpses of the latest version of the well-loved Nissan LEAF. An earlier CleanTechnica report on the specs for the 2018 LEAF indicate the car will maintain its competitive pricing despite the much better tech.

The new Nissan LEAF will come with e-Pedal, a further improvement in regenerative braking. It is one of the “amazing” technologies from the Japanese firm. In actuality, e-Pedal further enables one-pedal driving — one of the benefits of electric cars that drivers quickly learn to love.

“Nissan established itself as a pioneer in the EV movement by launching the LEAF, the world’s first mass-market electric vehicle. Today, the Nissan LEAF is the world’s best-selling electric vehicle with more than 280,000** units sold.

“The world premiere for the new Nissan LEAF will take place on September 6, 2017, in Japan and we will be bringing the unveiling to you live online. Subscribe to Nissan’s Global YouTube account or follow us at @nissanmotor.”

Meanwhile, Nissan LEAF sales keep going and going … and going — in the US, the UK, and elsewhere.

I think for many like myself, the LEAF will be my next car if not the Tesla Model 3. Nothing else compares in value and appeal for many of us.

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  • Epicurus

    How about thermal battery management like Tesla and GM EVs have?

    • Steve Hanley

      We have no details on that, but assume it is similar to the long Rolls Roycet tradition. When asked for horsepower numbers for its cars, it always replied that power was “adequate.” I expect nothing less from Nissan. I expect they have learned a thing or two since 2010!

  • Tadeusz Piskozub

    If they’re planning on offering a 60kWh version then I’m sold.

    I have this 1400km route that I do few times a year and the largest gap between fast chargers in it is ~360km long, but fortunately it’s slow enough to squeeze some additional range if need be.

    • carlh

      Why not rent a normal car for those “few times a year” instead? Paying for +50% extra battery capacity that is rarely used is hugely expensive. Calculate what the extra cost per 1400 km trip would be first.

      • GregS

        Because renting a car a couple of times a year often eliminates the entire amount of money you saved not buying gas the rest of the year.

      • Tadeusz Piskozub

        Problem is these trips make up more than 2/3 of my driving. I work
        remotely so I don’t have any use for a vehicle that doesn’t have the
        range for them.

        Also renting a car is out of the question, because I’m crossing country borders and rental agencies incur additional fees for that(and also for not returning the car to the place where I originally rented it).

        • trackdaze

          A volt,prime or fusion e more closely suit your usage.

  • Les Cunningham

    Not “ripe with” but rather “rife with”.

  • tb

    I’m so glad I wasted a minute of my life watching that video.

  • Jim Petiton

    I drive a 2015 Leaf with a lease that’s expiring soon. I have 2 friends who live 65 – 75 miles away, one north of me and the other south of me. If the 2018 Leaf doesn’t deliver 200 miles per charge I’ll be leasing a Chevy Bolt. I test-drove one yesterday. I found the cabin comfortable, display screen informative and easily viewable, impressed by the regenerative one-pedal driving, and very nice acceleration response. It also felt good seeing 193 available miles on the screen.

  • CarGenius

    The Hyundai Ioniq EV has some very good specs for the price (~$30k). If Nissan can meet or beat those numbers AND make a more durable battery than the 1st Gen leaf, then they definitely have a winner!