Nissan shows Leaf electric vehicle revamped with more range

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Nissan shows Leaf electric vehicle revamped with more range

After numerous leaks and rumors, Nissan has formally revealed the next-generation Leaf electric vehicle.

There's lots of automated stuff - the vehicle will keep itself in lane and do your braking and acceleration in traffic - and there's a fully automatic parking system, one which doesn't need you to use the pedal. Powering the EV is a 40 kWh battery and an 80-kilowatt electric motor producing 147 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. It also steers the vehicle and centers it in the lane and bring the new Nissan Leaf to a complete stop with a touch of the accelerator to reactivate ProPILOT.

"When we launched LEAF in 2010, it instantly became the most affordable, mass market EV in the world".

So, the team at Nissan got to work and did exactly that, delivering a more stylish angled design on the vehicle that makes air split in the front and meet at the back as far as possible from the moving Leaf.

"It's not just about range", Mr. Schillaci said. Under normal charging, however, the vehicle will take 8 hours (under 6 kWh) and 16 hours (under 3 kWh).

The second-generation Nissan Leaf is ready to battle the Chevy Bolt with new styling, a better driving range, more power and updated technology. Its main aim is to reduce stress while driving on the highway, may it be heavy or free moving traffic.

Previous leaked reported figures of 147 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque have been confirmed, and top speed is limited to 87 miles per hour.

ProPilot Park is another new feature that has made its debut on the Leaf. This is done using four high-resolution cameras and information from 12 ultrasonic sensors around the auto.

The car's new e-powertrain now gives it a 40kWh capacity (up 10kWh) which boosts its range to a claimed 378km (on the so-called "New" European Driving Cycle) between charges.

That includes the e-Pedal which means you can do 90 per cent of driving with just the accelerator - with braking only required in last minute situations. This new system also helps in increasing regenerative braking every time you lift off the pedal. The Leaf has logic built in to allow the auto to coast to a complete stop without using the brake pedal; this maximizes the energy recaptured from the regenerative braking system and makes driving a little less stressful.

To date, Nissan has sold over 112,000 LEAF EVs in the United States and more than 283,000 globally. Overall the Leaf is sleeker and sportier the second time around, with a spoiler integrated into the rear hatch and a diffuser-style rear bumper for improved aerodynamics. It has the signature V-Motion grille on board, floating roof like other Nissan models, and projector-beam headlights with dual, direct-lens low and high beams. It also features Apple Car Play as a connectivity option over the standard and also comes with navigation. The new Leaf will use Sonar tech and cameras to drive itself in various parking spots, be it angled, parallel, straight or so on.

The new Nissan LEAF will be on sale from January 2018.

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