Nissan has unveiled the new 2018 Nissan Leaf, which is expected to go on sale in all US 50 states early next year. The latest version has a longer drive range (241 kms) and carries of a starting price tag just below the $30,000 mark.
"When we launched LEAF in 2010, it instantly became the most affordable, mass market EV in the world. We are not walking away from that proposition," said José Muñoz, chief performance officer at Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and chair of the board at Nissan North America Inc. "The value equation for the new LEAF is even stronger than ever before - beginning with a starting MSRP under $30,000. That's a lower price than the LEAF in market today and it includes more power, range and technology, all wrapped in a beautiful new exterior and interior design."
The 2018 Leaf is the first step in the re-launch of Nissan's EV platform and will be followed in model year 2019 with a high-power version with increased motor power and battery capacity. To date, Nissan has sold more than 112,000 Leaf EVs in the United States and more than 283,000 globally.
The company says the new Leaf is also the embodiment of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, a global initiative that focuses on how Nissan vehicles are driven, powered and integrated into society. Its new ProPILOT Assist (Nissan's advanced single lane driver assistance technology), helps ease driver workload by reducing the amount of driver acceleration, steering and braking input under certain driving conditions. While it is a hands-on system, it previews Nissan's ongoing development of future leading edge autonomous drive technologies.
The Leaf's revolutionary e-Pedal technology transforms the driving experience. It lets drivers start, accelerate, decelerate and stop by increasing or decreasing the pressure applied to the accelerator. When the accelerator is fully released, regenerative and friction brakes are applied automatically, bringing the Leaf to a complete stop. The car holds its position, even on uphill slopes, until the accelerator is pressed again. The reactiveness of e-Pedal helps maximize driving pleasure.
The new-generation Nissan Leaf will begin making its first public appearances next week at National Drive Electric Week events in eight US cities. Nissan Leaf is the official sponsor of National Drive Electric Week for the third straight year.