Nissan Introduces the Next Gen Nissan Leaf
As electric vehicles transition from science fiction to the real world, countless companies are competing to design the most advanced, efficient EVs. Nissan has long led this charge, offering customers both style and sustainability through the Leaf. The Leaf was popular from the beginning, but as with all automotive innovations, Nissan must continue to reinvent it in order to stay on the cutting edge. In a recent announcement, the company has teased a new, more advanced version of the Leaf, including a partial image of the car. Between the company’s hints and sightings of its prototype, we’ve been able to learn a lot about this bold new vehicle:
A Bolstered Battery
The most important advancement Nissan has made in recent years has been the development of a 60 kWh battery pack, which dramatically boosts the amount of energy that one vehicle can hold. The company is expected to include this battery in the new Leaf, dramatically improving the car’s operating range. The new Leaf will likely be able to travel as much as 200 miles on a single charge, making it just as useful as a gas vehicle for the vast majority of driving.
Although we won’t know the exact price until Nissan releases it for sale, the Leaf is projected to cost something on the order of $35,000. This will make it competitive with other advanced EVs, such as the Chevy Bolt and the Tesla Model 3, ensuring that customers can access all its great features without breaking the bank.
In addition to its long range and competitive price, the new Nissan Leaf will also feature advanced driver assist technology. ProPilot, a product of Nissan’s Intelligent Power program, provides autonomous driving service when the vehicle is on a single-lane highway. ProPilot has already been used on certain Leafs in Japan, and represents an early stage in Nissan’s plan to introduce greater levels of autonomy into its vehicles, leading up to a completely autonomous car by 2020.
Based on the IDS concept car and public sightings of this model’s prototype, we’ve been able to get a good idea of what the new Leaf will look like. The designers appear to have dialed back its headlights, replacing the bug-eyed lamps with more compact alternatives. The lights use LED bulbs, providing maximal brightness while reinforcing the Leaf’s reputation for energy efficiency. It also has a V motion grille, which contributes to a rounded, consolidated look for the vehicle as a whole.
Predictions about the new Leaf’s appearance are necessarily speculative. Whenever the car was seen in public, it was heavily camouflaged, while the IDF concept car may differ from the final product. Nonetheless, given the information we have, it appears that Nissan is attempting a bold new style for the upcoming Leaf.
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