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A new LEAF

Nissan today revealed its new Nissan LEAF – which it says is the world’s most advanced mass-market EV

All electric, and packed with ingenious technology, the new Nissan LEAF is the company’s first car in Europe that will embrace the early steps of advanced driver assistance, and is packed with cutting-edge innovations such as e-Pedal, allowing you to drive and brake in a totally new and seamless way.

It can also go further, with a range of 378 km/235miles* on a single charge, and has been redesigned for a new generation, with a sleeker look inside and out.

The new Nissan LEAF will be on sale in Europe from January 2018.

“The new Nissan LEAF drives Nissan Intelligent Mobility, which is the core brand strategy for Nissan’s future,” said Hiroto Saikawa, president and chief executive officer of Nissan. “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. It also has the core strengths that will be embodied by future Nissan models.”

The focal point of Nissan Intelligent Power in the new Nissan LEAF is its e-powertrain, which offers improved energy efficiency and increased torque and power output for an enhanced dynamic performance. Complementing this new drivetrain is the high-tech lithium-ion battery pack, which delivers increased power and energy storage capacity.

Along with enhanced energy efficiency, the new e-powertrain delivers a power output of 110 kW, while torque has been increased to 320 Nm, resulting in improved acceleration.

The new Nissan LEAF’s driving range has been increased to 378km/235miles (in the optimistic New European Driving Cycle) on a single charge.

The new battery design adds energy-storage capacity without increasing the size. The battery pack occupies the same dimensions as that of the previous-generation Nissan LEAF, but the individual cell structure of the laminated lithium-ion battery cells has been improved, representing an impressive 67% increase in energy density versus the 2010 model.

Another key engineering improvement, according to the company, is that the lithium-ion battery pack uses enhanced electrode materials with revised chemistry, resulting in higher power density while contributing to greater battery durability upon charge and discharge.

Nissan also said it will introduce a high-power version with increased motor power and battery capacity at a higher price at the end of 2018. This version will provide an even longer range – although no clue yet as to how long that will be.

As ElecTrans has reported, it also features the e-Pedal, which allows drivers to start, accelerate, decelerate and stop by adjusting their input upon the accelerator pedal. When the accelerator is fully released, regenerative and friction brakes are applied automatically, gradually bringing the car to a complete stop. The car holds its position, even on steep uphill slopes, until the accelerator is pressed again.

2018 LEAF. Source: Nissan
2018 LEAF. Source: Nissan

2017 Nissan LEAF specifications (European model)

*pending final confirmation

Exterior

(mm)

Overall length

4,480

Overall width

1,790

Overall height

1,535/1545

Wheelbase

2,700

Track width front/rear

1,540/1,555

Minimum ground clearance

150

Coefficient of drag (Cd)

0.28

Tires

205/55R16 or 215/50R17

Weights/capacity

(kg)

Curb weight (min)

1,535

Capacity

5 passenger

Gross vehicle weight

1,765-1,795

Battery

Type

Li-ion battery

Capacity

40kWh

Electric motor

Name

EM57

Maximum output

110kw(150ps)/3283~9795rpm

Maximum torque

320N・m(32.6kgf・m)/0~3283rpm

Performance

Cruising range

378km/235miles NEDC)

Charging time (normal charging)

16 hours(3kW)
8 hours(6kW)

Charging time up to 80% (Quick Charging)

40 minutes

Maximum speed

144km/h / 90mph

The new LEAF goes on sale Oct. 2 in Japan. The model is slated for deliveries in January in the U.S., Canada and Europe. It will be sold in more than 60 markets worldwide.

Source: Nissan

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