Schillaci said nearly 300 000 first generation Nissan Leaf's had been sold globally since 2010, but they anticipated doubling or tripling sales of the new model.
Still, few will turn to the Leaf for sheer driving excitement, and the new e-Pedal will be the first thing many potential Leaf buyers will want to know about.
A Nissan Leaf Nismo could provide a bit more power easily, and it's likely the 2019 Nissan Leaf-with the larger 60 kwh battery pack-may be the basis for a future Leaf Nismo with an all-new electric motor.
While the company repeated several times at the launch that it sees the vehicle as more than "just an EV", claiming it is capable of competing with mainstream rivals around the world, Australian and Asia-Pacific officials recognise it will still be a tough sell in Australia.
Although the new Leaf has an accelerator and a brake pedal, the e-Pedal setup allows "drivers use a single pedal for more than 90% of their driving needs". You've two options: abandon hope and buy a flappy paddle Ferrari, or go all-in on the new-for-2018 Nissan Leaf.
Owners can also access their smartphone to check the car's battery status. One is called ProPilot Assist, which combines adaptive cruise control, lane departure intervention, and an emergency braking system to help reduce fatigue in low-speed driving situations.
Nissan has confirmed that the new Leaf electric auto will be built on Wearside, following a £36m investment at their Sunderland plant.
Nissan on Tuesday night took the wraps off its 2018 Leaf - and the reveal was fairly lackluster.
Cllr Watson said: "Nissan's phenomenal success in Sunderland would not have been possible without the highlyskilled and hard-working people it employs".
The new leaf, unveiled earlier this week, boasts a more aggressive look than the soft and bulbous-looking first-generation model. The company is characterizing it as an approximate 40 percent improvement from up to 280 kilometers or 107 miles for Leaf models on sale now. But it also can steer as needed to keep the Leaf in its lane, as long as the highway has visible lane markers.
Saikawa defended the vehicle's potential range, which fell short of expectations and puts it behind Tesla's Model 3. The Tesla and Bolt EV are available with an advanced autonomous driving system for an added price. If the vehicle in front stops, the ProPilot feature will itself brakes down the speed of your auto.
The 2019 Nissan Leaf is still off in the distance, but Nissan did confirm that it will feature a longer range at a higher price.