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?
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*Go straight to the FULL REVIEW. Overview (Final Score: A) For 2018, Nissan’s legendary Leaf battery electric vehicle (BEV) is all new. This Leaf feels more energetic on the road, has a long list of safety upgrades and brings a very competitive list of features to the affordable compact EV segment. The Nissan LEAF has been overshadowed by the Tesla Model 3, but the truth is they are in entirely different vehicle segments. A fully-loaded Tesla Model 3, which doesn’t even offer some of the Leaf’s key features, is literally twice the price of the Leaf after incentives for both cars, at the time of this writing. Nissan’s five-passenger Leaf is roomy inside, has much more cargo space than the Chevrolet Bolt EV, its closest rival, and does almost everything better than the more expensive and now dated BMW i3. The new Leaf will appeal to anyone who is willing to give it a test drive, if its range is sufficient to meet their needs. What We Love About the … [Read more...] about Review: All-New 2018 Nissan Leaf Delivers Great Mix of Fun, Value and Space
Two Popular, Affordable EVs Face Off The Chevy Bolt and Nissan Leaf are the two most popular BEVs that can be readily bought today. Clean Fleet Report has written extensively about these two cars, but have not compared them head-to-head. We wanted to look at the value of the two vehicles beyond the MSRP and provide additional data points to compare them. The categories that we have chosen provide clear-cut measurements and are based on our impressions from driving the cars, as well as available information from GM and Nissan. Both the Leaf and the Bolt have several trim levels and option packages. Since we are not comparing price but rather features, we will be comparing the top trim levels with all of the options that are available. The Nissan Leaf weighs in with a major redo One question our readers may ask is: “Where is the Tesla Model 3?” While the Model 3 is a fine automobile, it isn’t included simply because unless you made a reservation years ago to buy one, it … [Read more...] about Comparison Test: 2018 Chevy Bolt & 2018 Nissan Leaf
2018 Nissan Leaf; Cars.com photo by Christian Lantry Nissan redesigned its Leaf electric car for 2018, and although range is way up this year — the Leaf can now go an EPA-estimated 151 miles on a single charge — its backseat space has stayed relatively the same as the outgoing model. Room wasn't the only problem we had with some car seats; the Leaf's buried Latch anchors also made for some tricky installations. How many car seats fit in the second row? Two Related: More Car Seat Checks Solid Booster, grade A: After raising the head restraint, the booster fit well. The buckles are on stable (though short) bases. So-So Latch, grade B: The two sets of anchors are set into the leather upholstery, and it requires some muscle to find them and make the connection. The three top tether anchors sit halfway down the seatback; they're clearly marked for easy connection. Rear-facing convertible, grade B: It took a bit of muscle to connect to the Latch anchor. … [Read more...] about How Do Car Seats Fit in a 2018 Nissan Leaf?
Electric vehicles aren’t a 21st-century idea. In fact, batteries powered vehicles in the early- and mid-20th century until gasoline and diesel officially became the fuels of choice around the world. Today, Nissan is one of a few automakers that took a gamble on a mass-market electric car in the 21st century with the Leaf. But, the Leaf actually has a nifty ancestor called the Tama. Nissan explored its rich history in electric vehicles in a new video, and it highlights how the 1947 Tama and Leaf are actually quite similar. Oil was in short supply in post-World War II Japan. Therefore, engineers quickly had to devise an alternative. The Tama prototype was a battery-powered truck that produced a whopping 4.5 horsepower. Top speed? Just 21 mph (34 kmh). But, the real Tama came shortly after with identical technology, two doors, seating for four, and a 41-mile electric range. A quick historical note: Tama predated Prince Motors, which eventually became part of Nissan. SEE ALSO: … [Read more...] about Meet The Nissan Leaf’s Forefather: The Tama
Tweet TweetHaving learned from their mistakes, the Japanese at Nissan are really working over the Leaf for 2013. The infamous electric car will receive a few changes to its underpinnings but it will also get a new trim level to expand the range of availability. That new trim level is aiming at cutting back on the costs since it’s an entry level option called the “S”. Sounds good but we don’t know just how cheap it is. The more posh trim choices will come with a new 6.6 kW charger as standard. This will effectively half the quick charging time for the battery. In this format you can get up to 80% charge in just two hours, something that is really competitive with just about all newer EVs produced. The S trim level of the Nissan Leaf can only get this improved charger as an optional extra, but it’s still a great addition to the vehicle. The changes are not only focused on this tweak that gets the battery up quicker. Nissan will now deliver the Leaf with … [Read more...] about 2013 kicks in a lot of changes for Nissan Leaf
2018 Nissan Leaf with EVgo fast charger at NJ Turnpike Molly Pitcher travel plaza, Feb 2018Enlarge PhotoAs Tesla has shown, not all fast charging is created equal. Now owners of the new 2018 Nissan Leaf are complaining that the car's "fast" charging is not always as fast as advertised. Owners have found that the car's electronic management software dials back charging speeds with each successive fast charge on any given trip. Nissan says this behavior is a safeguard designed to protect the battery from overheating, which could otherwise shorten its lifespan and reduce the car's range over time. Still, owners suggest the behavior makes the new Leaf much less useful on long trips, when recharging starts to take hours instead of minutes as you get closer to your destination. So many drivers are frustrated by the situation that the issue has taken on its own Twitter hashtag: #rapidgate. Green Car Reports reached out to Nissan North America to ask for comment on this issue, but had not … [Read more...] about 2018 Nissan Leaf electric car: Is there a fast-charging problem?
Today, the Jaguar I-Pace shows how EV styling can be done; Daimler announced Smart will be all-electric brand by 2020, 2018 Nissan Leaf owners spot fast-charge problems; and the EPA refutes 1,217 pages of its own scientific analysis with 38 pages of lobbying arguments: All this and more on Green Car Reports. With its new electric I-Pace crossover, Jaguar shows how an electric car can be sleek, yet roomier than traditional car designs. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche told shareholders that its tiny city-car brand will sell only electric cars starting in 2020. Hyundai has stripped free electricity from its subscription plan for the Ioniq EV, while raising the price by $90 a month. Owners of brand new 2018 Nissan Leafs may like the range, but are frustrated with Nissan's efforts to slow fast charging to preserve battery life. Finally, the EPA has added 38 pages of lobbying points to its previous analysis refuting of 1,217 pages of scientific justification that it used to end the mid-term … [Read more...] about Jaguar I-Pace style, all-electric Smart, 2018 Nissan Leaf charging, EPA battle: Today’s Car News
Full Car Details More Reviews Technology moves fast. What’s new today is, almost literally, old tomorrow. Take, for example, my iPhone 6. It seems like an antique after just a few years. Yet, I’m not compelled to upgrade to the 8 or X because I don’t feel like Apple has pushed the envelope far enough with the latest versions of the iPhone. I’ve even thought about switching to Android in search of greater sophistication. Existing Nissan Leaf owners might feel the same way now that the redesigned 2018 model has gone on sale. Absolutely, the new 2018 Nissan Leaf is better than the car it replaces. But is it better enough? And now that its here, offering approximately 151 miles of driving range, might some Nissan owners think about switching to Chevrolet, where the more expensive Bolt EV supplies 238 miles of range? Curious to judge for myself, I spent several days living with the new Leaf. Arriving in SL trim, my test car’s price came … [Read more...] about Ratings and Review: Dripping in value, the 2018 Nissan Leaf is a one-trick electrified ride
The world is shifting, and with it, the automobile. In another generation or so, gas powered cars may be a thing of the past, left only to enthusiasts and collectors. Electric cars are nothing new. In fact, the world’s first practical electric vehicle dates back to 1835, predating Karl Benz’ patent on his motorized carriage by 50 years! However, what is new in the world of electric cars is mainstream variety. EV’s are no longer an obscure novelty item, nor are they being stamped out by “Big Oil” like GM’s fabled EV1 of the 90’s. Nowadays nearly every car company offers some variant on an electric car, hybrid or plug-in hybrid. With more and more popping up every day, you now have your pick of the litter. Electric cars now come in a variety of shapes, sizes and trim levels. With an electric vehicle that can meet almost any budget, there’s an electric out there for you. Here at Auto City, we are fortunate enough to see some really great … [Read more...] about THE ELECTRIC CAR SHOOTOUT: Chevrolet Volt vs. Nissan Leaf vs. BMW i3