The new Nissan (NSANY) Leaf debuted to mixed reviews from auto sites and blogs late Tuesday, with most noting that what the 2018 model of the popular mass-market electric vehicle lacks in design and range, vs. rivals from General Motors (GM) and Tesla (TSLA), it makes up in price.
Despite of heavy investment in electric vehicles still represent only a fraction of conventional vehicle sales.
Stephanie Brinley says that that one question in his mind is that whether USA consumers will get satisfaction with the price. We've expanded into new markets. Maximum speed will be 90mph but the 0-62mph time has not yet been stated. "What they're looking for is the right packaging", he said. The automaker hopes to add a new model that can travel longer on a full battery charge to the Leaf lineup next year as well, it said.
The range of the new Leaf has also been increased and the vehicle is capable of covering 235 miles on a single charge.
Apart from improved design, the new Nissan Leaf gets improved battery life as well. Brian Maragno, director of electric vehicle marketing for Nissan in the US said that 2018 Leaf will commence at $29,990 before a $7,500 federal tax credit a principal price aim at contemporary Leaf owners who will be recurring buyers.
The new Leaf has 37% more horsepower and 20% torque, which comes from the 33% greater energy density of the battery.
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Nissan's president and chief executive officer, Hiroto Saikawa, said: "The new Nissan Leaf, with its improved autonomy range, combined with the evolution of autonomous drive technology, such as ProPilot Park and the simple operation of the e-Pedal, strengthens Nissan's EV leadership, as well as the expansion of EVs globally".
Another element, which may-or may not-appeal to drivers, is the option of using Nissan's new e-Pedal with this Leaf. ProPilot also comes with start-stop technology, so it'll stop automatically in traffic - and only needs a touch of the accelerator to get going again.
Nissan touts its ProPILOT Assist as a way of taking the stress out of steady state single lane driving by employing automatic adaptive cruise control, lane keeping and braking to reduce the driver's workload.
One of the most important things about the new Nissan Leaf is its inclusion of semi-autonomous technology; Nissan has fitted its new EV with ProPILOT technology, which effectively drives the vehicle for you. If the accelerator is released, regenerative and friction brakes are applied automatically, bringing the Leaf to a complete stop.