Related stories: Nissan Leaf long-term reviews. There are some rumors that perhaps there are going to be batteries with better mile range. The Leaf deserves better, not least because taller drivers are forced into a less-than-ideal hunch to grasp the steering wheel. This ensures consistent e-Pedal slowing no matter the battery’s state of charge, and it draws no energy from the motor to keep the car still. The steering is much improved, too, with a quicker ratio, good response, and a more satisfying heft than before. Jennifer Sensiba Jennifer Sensiba is a long time efficient vehicle enthusiast, writer, and photographer. UPDATE/ Mart 30, 2017When it first came out Leaf EV was a standout car in many ways, and it is still today a unique vehicle, but one thing where it lacked little something was design. However, it looks like Nissan is also readying a new battery pack for the car, a 60kWh unit. My only complaint is that the Nissan floormats for the back floorboard do tend to slip a bit when people get in and out. But, with Japanese manufacturer expected to leave the impression it will be somewhere between 200-250 miles per charge. Every Leaf is recharged via a port hidden just above the Nissan badge in its nose. Have you heard of the car called Venucia e30? My dad taught me as a teen to release pressure on the brake pedal toward the end of stopping to prevent shaking up the whole car when it does stop. Probably not. Regarding the price, no one has said anything up to this point, but it will cost more than the current version. Taillights are, at least from the first look, created looking at the IDS Concept; which is 180 degrees turn away from from the T-lights on current Leaf. The sales in the States will begin during 2017, in late months. At the back, even less can be noticed, but at least we know that the tail lights are going to be horizontally positioned. The most important thing remains the announced increase in range; that design will be somehow like it’s on new Micra. 151.0 mi / 243.0 km: 2019 Nissan Leaf S. 151.0 mi / 243.0 km: 2018 Nissan … I hope it’s true, but I’m not about to leave my wrench at home … at least until I get the update myself and it proves itself to me. But, once the added stopping power has been achieved, you can lift your foot off the brake and let the e-Pedal continue bringing the car to a complete and smooth stop. The latest set of spy photos are coming from Europe, and on them, we can see Leaf covered in a trashbag-like camouflage. It turned out that Nissan made some math mistakes in the battery’s programming, and the vehicles were falsely reporting much higher degradation than was really happening. News is published on CleanTechnica.com, while reports are published on Future-Trends.CleanTechnica.com/Reports/ and buying guides are here. First, I tried to add active cooling using the car’s air conditioning. Heck, the steering column is adjustable only for tilt, the telescoping function having been cost-cut from the previous-generation Leaf midway through its life cycle. The current installment of Leaf is capable of covering 107 miles from a single charge which is less than what competitor such is Chevy Bolt EV can do. Entire front fascia will take a different design step compared to the ongoing model. All of this is about to change with 2018 Nissan Leaf which is going to be completely overhauled for 2018 MY. It’s addicting. So far the details about the reveal are still scarce, but it looks like it may be closer than we first thought. The other end goes below the carpet and dumps the cold air just above the battery pack. Exterior improvements were a logical outcome of Leaf redesign because the current form was getting outdated, but the changes don’t stop there. Your email address will not be published. The thing that impresses me the most is how good the car is at coming to a smooth and gentle stop, even at full stopping power. On the upside, it was the first mass-produced family electric vehicle, and Nissan sold more of them worldwide than any other electric vehicle. 2018 Nissan Leaf New Headlights; Source: autocar.co.uk. Currently I put a huge amount of groceries in the trunk of my 2015 Leaf. We may earn money from the links on this page. Once the car gets to a low speed, and regenerative braking would normally stop slowing the vehicle down, the e-Pedal computer starts blending in traditional friction braking until the car comes to a complete stop. Nice car for electric class, but I think it will be difficult to compete with Tesla. At the front, the car now has previously missing aggressive side; also has flip-up panels which were present on the current model and serve for the hiding of the charging ports. The S-trim’s cloth seats still look great. For now, the 2018 Leaf features a 40kWh battery-pack which is quite a bit larger than that of its predecessor. After Japanese automaker had posted the teaser photo, spy photographers caught the prototype almost stripped of camo. Moving onto the rear end, the parallel between two above mentioned vehicles continue. Finally, I’ve had one occasion where the head unit failed to share the time with the vehicle’s other computers, leaving me unable to use the charge timers one night. They changed the tires to squeek out another mile. On the upside, its buildup in braking force is far smoother than the Bolt’s all-or-nothing one-pedal slowing. Click on Contact at the top of the page. In both cars, the batteries and well-tuned chassis won; the interiors lost. There is a single-speed automatic on board which is quiet and non-restrictive. In order to stay competent, they had to add new battery pack. The otherwise carryover motor gains a new inverter, bringing increases of 40 horsepower and 49 lb-ft of torque, for new totals of 147 and 236. “Leaf” is actually a backronym for leading environmentally-friendly affordable family car. Nissan's affordable EV is given a new skin, more power, a new battery, and more driving range for 2018. Expect it not to only stand with competition such as BMW i3, Chevrolet Bolt EV, Hyundai Ioniq, and Tesla Model 3 but to once again be a leader in this segment. The official reveal of 2018 Leaf will happen at this year’s Tokyo Auto Show, but for now, we have this teaser image. CleanTechnica is the #1 cleantech-focused news & analysis website in the US & the world, focusing primarily on electric cars, solar energy, wind energy, & energy storage. This was mostly possible thanks to a new denser battery pack but more on that a bit later. Published on January 6th, 2019 | It helped on cooler days, but this wasn’t enough to beat the hottest days in Phoenix. Let’s see what world’s best-selling electric vehicle has to offer with its second generation. At this point, it is unclear whether the 60-kWh unit is going to be the only available battery. The top-dog, $37,085 Leaf SL adds goodies such as a Bose audio system, LED headlights, a heated steering wheel and heated front seats, leather, rear HVAC ducting, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and a surround-view camera system. In order to stay competent, Nissan needs to keep the price under $40,000. In Australia the car is likely going to cost over $50,000 which is quite a bit of money. The instrument cluster features a massive LCD screen. Contact us here. First, the 30 kWh pack proved to not be degrading faster. ProPilot is part of Nissan Intelligent Mobility which will be future not only of Nissan’s but also other manufacturers cars. Leaf (or LEAF) was one of the first affordable all-electric cars and, in our opinion, was an absolute leader in this field before Tesla came to the market. Moving back, to the exterior, on the side profile, the 2018 Leaf won’t stray too far from the current version. Unlike earlier LEAF S models, this one did come with bluetooth. After 40,000 miles, the vehicle still shows all 12 capacity bars. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality? Some also suggested a more powerful version with a different electric motor is possible. The all-new look will be spiced with a new pair of vertical taillights. The battery’s greater capacity is extracted from more energy-dense cells that fit in the same underfloor volume as the previous-generation Leaf’s 30.0-kWh pack, preserving interior space. The e-Pedal’s speed-dependent stopping power takes some getting used to before one can effectively time when to start lifting off the accelerator to, say, stop at an upcoming intersection from different speeds. Reportedly, 2018 model will be able to reach between 200 and 210 miles of range. With the service access panel already out of the way, I simply dumped ice on top of the sealed battery pack. I actually like the current leaf design as I prefer hatchbacks. It’s available on the mid-level Leaf SV and top-shelf SL trim levels. Sure, the idea of having the electric motor regenerate and slow the vehicle when you lift your foot off the accelerator is nothing new at all, but Nissan took this a step further. THe ride in the current Leaf is not as comfortable as the 2012 Leaf. This is more than logical because of the changes all around but also thanks to the increase in range.

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