It takes a certain type of object, event or situation to use the descriptor “frickin’ sweet” instinctively and non-sarcastically. The new Nissan Leaf electric race car from the company’s Nismo performance division, which weighs as much as a Mazda Miata and looks like it’s straight out of a video game, is frickin’ sweet. Nissan announced the car on Thursday as the second generation of the Leaf Nismo RC car—not to, but which easily can, be confused with the regular Leaf Nismo hatchback, which went on sale to everyday buyers in Japan earlier this year. The Leaf Nismo RC lineup is instead a much smaller, non-road-oriented lineup, with only a few models made for track and exhibition use. Nissan said in its press release that this second generation of the car has more than double the power of the first Leaf Nismo RC, which came out in 2011 as a strange little race car that looked like a hatchback that lost a fight with a giant rolling pin. That … [Read more...] about The New Nissan Leaf Nismo RC Electric Race Car Looks Frickin’ Sweet
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Nissan’s all-new Leaf Nismo RC electric racer was unveiled in Tokyo, Japan, and will make its official debut on Sunday, December 2, during the Nismo Festival at the Fuji International Speedway. Set to appear alongside Nissan’s new Formula E car, it was developed by the brand’s racing arm Nismo, and has dual electric motors, for a combined output of 322 hp (327 PS / 240 kW) and 472 lb-ft (640 Nm) of torque. That’s more than double the output of its predecessor, which was introduced in 2011. Nissan claims 3.4 seconds for the 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration, a 50 percent improvement over the previous Leaf Nismo RC. “The all-new Leaf Nismo RC shows how we’re setting our sights even higher when it comes to raw power and performance – making electric vehicles even more exciting for customers”, said Daniele Schillaci, Nissan’s Executive VP and chief of Marketing, Sales and Electric Vehicles. “It’s our most thrilling … [Read more...] about New Nissan Leaf Nismo RC Debuts With Carbon Monocoque, 322HP
Nissan Ireland is reporting that 306 new Nissan Leafs were registered during the month of July, which historically has been close to the total number of electric vehicles sold in Ireland in a full year. The July sales result brings the total number of Nissan Leafs on Irish roads to date to over 2,700 units. The new Nissan Leaf 40kWh electric vehicle arrived in Ireland earlier in 2018. According to Nissan Ireland, demand for the new Leaf is being driven by the fact that the car’s range on a single charge has increased by 50% to 378 kilometres (NEDC) – about 250km in real world terms – and “by a growing awareness amongst Irish householders that switching to a new Nissan Leaf can help them to save significantly on the cost of running their car”. “This result for July is a real benchmark and provides huge encouragement for the future of Electric Vehicles in Ireland,” said James McCarthy, CEO, Nissan Ireland. “We have been advocates for … [Read more...] about New Nissan Leaf Records Strong Sales In July
The new 2018 Nissan LEAF has been named ‘Best Electric Car’ in the annual DieselCar and EcoCar awards, a celebration of the most capable new cars on sale today. The DieselCar and EcoCar editorial team evaluated more than 175 new cars in real-world conditions using a comprehensive road test scoring system to create the final rankings. Ian Robertson, Editor of DieselCar and EcoCar Magazine, said; “If you want a barometer of the electric vehicle landscape, you can’t do much better than have a look at the new LEAF. If you do, you’ll see the huge progress Nissan has made with the latest-generation car, now boasting a range of up to 168 miles WLTP combined cycle (or 235 miles using the outgoing NEDC test). “Charging the LEAF is significantly faster, with 80 per cent charge achieved in under an hour, while improved performance and a much more desirable design is sure to make the new car more popular. And while EVs used to work for early adopters and people … [Read more...] about New Nissan LEAF wins ‘Best Electric Car’ award in annual DieselCar and EcoCar awards
After keeping the first generation Leaf in production for seven years, Nissan finally replaced it in 2017 with an entirely new model. The second-gen Leaf retains its compact size, albeit with a slightly larger footprint, benefits from an entirely new design and underpinnings and is equipped with the brand’s latest technology. Here we can mention the e-Pedal, which allows the driver to accelerate and decelerate, along with stopping and holding it using only the right pedal, and the ProPilot semi-autonomous driving system. In addition, it benefits from a host of driving assist features, including Intelligent Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot warning, Intelligent Lane Intervention, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Traffic Sign Recognition and Intelligent Around View Monitor. Also Read: Comparison Chart Shows How Far The Nissan Leaf Has Come The 2018 Nissan Leaf uses a 150 PS (148 HP / 110 kW) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) electric motor and a 40kWh lithium-ion battery pack. … [Read more...] about All-New Nissan Leaf: How Much Better Than The Original Is It?