So, what makes this Leaf so special? Let’s talk about that…
This version of Leaf has more range than previous version by extra 50 miles, bringing up the total potential range to 150 miles per charge*. Yes, this is an upgrade, but not a huge upgrade compared to its direct competitor Tesla Model 3. Hold on now! Nissan will be offering an upgraded version of Leaf that will have closer to 200 miles range*.
What else is new?
To some of us that may not be familiar with electric vehicles this will sound amazing; the new Leaf has a “100% torque off the line” feature. Yes, this is amazing but common amongst all EV equipped cars. The reason for it is the way electric motors work. Think of remote control cars and the way they lunge forward; oh boy, this is probably the best way I can explain this. I’ll give it another shot below…
How fast can I go?
2018 Nissan Leaf will have 147* horsepower and 236lb-ft torque under its hood. 147 HP may not sound like a whole lot but keep in mind we are talking about having this power on tap, at any time. You know how cars take time to develop speed? Well, with electric cars you don’t need to wait for 4,000 RPMs to get full 147hp. You can get full power at any time and things like weather and altitude do not affect its performance. For example; regular petrol cars loose power at higher altitudes because air pressure is lower, which impacts combustion.
Can Leaf drive me to work?
You may have heard about Tesla’s autopilot, well guess what? Leaf has something similar. It is called “Nissan ProPILOT Assist” and functions similarly to driver assisted features found with some other competitors. When using ProPILOT it can help you maintain speed, helps you stay in your lane and can perform braking on your behalf. Sounds more like safety features, am I right?
What about charging? How long does it take?
Nissan will offer two types of charging services:
1 hour fast charge at home or public, bonus 22 miles in range.
30 minute fast charge public only, bonus 88 miles in range.
I honestly don’t wish to form an opinion on this because this technology is still fairly new, and it deserves another decade to have a fair comparison between other models and brands, once available.
How does it look? Any better?
Well, I think it looks a lot better than previous versions and I’m sure most of you will agree. You’ve seen the pictures throughout this article, right? How goes that saying? Picture tells a thousand words…
If you order one now it will cost you around $30,000*, which is a lot less than expected.
The 2018 Nissan Leaf will be available for pickup early next year.