Nissan releases longer-range revamped electric vehicle


The new Leaf is expected to go on sale on October 2 in Japan. Maragno said that there are novel features that should entice new buyers. Tesla Model 3, with two battery options of 50 kWh and 75 kWh, has a claimed range of around 350kms-500kms on a single charge.

Nissan has today launched the latest version of its battery-electric LEAF vehicle, which will go on sale early next year with an enhanced driving range of 235 miles on a single charge.

Reynolds later tried the system on a Detroit expressway and added: "ProPilot Assist is ordinary sensors doing an extraordinary job due to great software". It's basically an enhanced version of active cruise, but will allow the vehicle to be centred in a highway lane, follow the curves and undulations, and stop automatically in case of an emergency.

Nissan's chief performance officer, Jose Muñoz, said the company sought to upgrade the Leaf for 2018 in four key ways, "beginning with a starting MSRP under $30,000".

The new Leaf also offers intelligent driving technologies in the North American marketplace. The introduction of the new Leaf is likely to further intensify competition in the EV market.

"Employees at Nissan Technical Center North America in MI and at Nissan's Arizona test facility played a big role in the development of the new vehicle, logging more than 178 million hours in the past two years alone", said Reed. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010.

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U.S. automaker Tesla is one of the pioneers in the electric vehicle industry and despite recently releasing its cheapest model to date, it has traditionally catered to the premium end of the market. The display shows what is going on around the auto.

"You're getting a lot less range but you're paying a lot less", he said. It's the first complete redesign of the auto since it was first introduced in 2010.

Nissan has also given the Leaf a sportier new look with cleaner lines and a new rear spoiler integrated into the window and diffuser bumper to reduce drag and enhance stability. The Leaf became the world's biggest-selling, all-battery vehicle, with more than 280,000 units sold.

Nissan has sold nearly 300,000 units of the first-generation Leaf and the car's sales remain robust even at the end of its model cycle.

One big opportunity is China. Nissan engineers, manufactures and markets the world's best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. It became the world's best-selling, all-battery vehicle, with over 280,000 units sold.