The new Nissan Leaf 2018 is another breakthrough for the Japanese in electric cars development. This time they came out with an extremely impressive car with a comfortable interior and eye-catching exterior. The range finally overcame the psychological barrier that kept most buyers from considering this EV. The new Leaf looks, by traditional standards, quite modern: it has a more cute, stylish and charismatic bodyshell than its precursor. The newcomer looks very sporty and even aggressive. Moreover, the new generation stands out with a low drag coefficient of 0.28.
The base price of the car is also pleasing - 29500 euros for the base and 35500 euros in full configuration. At full charge, the 40 kWh battery-driven Leaf travels about 150 mi, which may be sufficient for trips outside the city. In 2019, the car received a 60 kWh battery, providing about 225 mi range.
Charging a second-generation Leaf takes 8 hours (6 kW charger) or 16 hours (3 kW, 220V outlet), but using a fast Chademo charge (up to 80%) takes 40 minutes.
The engine produces 150 hp and 320 Nm. Thanks to it, the car accelerates to 62 mph in 7.9 seconds and can reach a top speed of 93 mph.
As with the first-generation Leaf, the battery is hardly visible, so except for the slightly raised floor, there is no inconvenience for passengers. The new Leaf accommodates four adult passengers, plus one child. In addition, the trunk is quite roomy at 15.4 cu ft.
Other features include a combination of a 7-inch TFT screen alongside an analog speedometer, as well as a 7-inch multimedia screen and Apple CarPlay (optional), plus a 360-degree camera to help with parking.
The new electronic chips inherited from the new generation of Leaf are also noteworthy. The ProPILOT system that allows the car to move independently without permission or hindrance from the driver on a suburban highway. However, it only functions within only one lane: the car picks up speed on its own, slows down and decelerates, and adjusts its path of motion.
The ProPILOT Park system will provide autonomous parking for the new electric vehicle even without driver involvement. The electronics not only regulate the accelerator and brake pedals, but also rotate the steering wheel.
ProPILOT also has the very interesting e-Pedal feature. Activated by a special button, the system allows the driver to accelerate and brake the electric vehicle with only the accelerator pedal. Pressing the pedal accelerates the car, and when the pedal is released, recovery mode is activated and the car slowly decelerates until a complete stop. According to the manufacturer, the e-Pedal is capable of adequate braking in 90% of cases, and only in 10%, the driver will have to press the brakes independently.
Thus, the new-generation Nissan Leaf is one of the most sophisticated electric vehicles that also offers a wealth of cutting-edge technology and a substantial range that makes it proper for residents of both small and big cities.