Nissan's New Vehicle Can Be Driven With A Single Pedal

Nissan officials also confirmed during the ride and drive that the Japanese automaker will offer a 60-watt battery for the Leaf's powertrain in 2019, elevating the both the horsepower and range.

The new look incorporates Nissan's V-Motion grille and "Boomerang" front light signature, which gives the auto a familiar look to the rest of the brand's range. It starts at $29,990 and comes with some nice tech perks, like ProPilot Assist and an "e-pedal" that lets drivers start, accelerate, decelerate, and stop using just their right foot. The Bolt, by comparison, starts at $36,620 while the Model 3 starts at $35,000.

Nissan is planning to pull out the real show-stopper in late 2018.

The 2018 Nissan Leaf almost doubled its driving range to 145 miles, but a new battery pack coming for 2019 will push that to 225 miles. Keep in mind that the range could fall when using U.S. fuel economy standards.

Nissan is a solid brand for those in the market for affordable and functional vehicles. Until then, the roughly $30,000 Leaf could be a good choice for a budget conscious shopper who doesn't regularly travel long distances. "The new Nissan Leaf with a zero emission power train is not just about EV (electric vehicle) technology".

Nissan debuted the second-generation LEAF on Tuesday night.

The vehicle, on sale in Japan from October 2 and elsewhere in early 2018, can run for 150 miles (241 km) on a single charge based on estimates using U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, using a 40 kilowatt hour (kWh) battery.

But he said the new model was not a traditional model where you could take the sales of the previous model and a certain percentage to those sales. “The Nissan LEAF is the icon of Nissan Intelligent Mobility with its many advanced technologies. Simultaneously, the Leaf also offers the various modern conveniences on which many automobile industries are working; including the driver assist system of Nissan, called as "ProPILOT Assist" that combines lane keeping and adaptive cruise control. And while a little way off a fully autonomous setup, ProPilot "can also help the driver steer and keep the vehicle centered in its lane". Toyota Motor Corp. has been more aggressive about gas-electric hybrids, exemplified in its hit Prius model, and is expanding to plug-in hybrids, as well as hydrogen-powered vehicles. But if it wants to compete with Teslas of the world without breaking bank, these tiny additions could go a long way, especially if they become options across Nissan's line of vehicles one day.

We'll give the new Leaf a thorough going-over in the coming months, but in the meantime our man got behind the wheel of a prototype in Japan.

  • Kara Saunders