Nissan chooses value over range with new Leaf

Nissan unveils new LEAF complete with e-Pedal and improved range

Second-gen model gets horsepower and range upgrades.

Nissan is said to have a Leaf in development with a larger battery pack and a more powerful motor dubbed the E-Plus.

The Leaf is still the best-selling electric vehicle on the planet, and the range bump may do the trick for people who tend to use their cars for short trips.

Chief Executive Officer and president of Nissan, Hiroto Saikawa said that, "The new Nissan LEAF drives Nissan Intelligent Mobility, which is the core brand strategy for Nissan's future". This extra power should give the Leaf improved acceleration and, hopefully, a sportier driving experience. That Leaf is expected to have a 60 kWh battery, same as the Bolt's, which should be enough for a range of well over 200 miles.

The value for the money evaluation is always going to depend on the needs and desires of individual consumers - some will find the Model 3 a better offer and some will find the LEAF a better offer - and I discussed several of the factors influencing such an evaluation.

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The Leaf has outsold all other electric vehicles since its introduction in 2010. It accelerates smoothly and silently up to highway speeds with about as much gusto as you'd get from one of the small turbocharged gas engines that are under the hood of a growing percentage of compact cars.

Nissan re-engineered the chassis for greater stability.

While other electric vehicles have dominated the headlines over the past year, Nissan has quietly been chugging away at a new version of the top-selling Leaf EV. The Leaf will slow to a halt and can hold itself steady on an incline without the need to depress a brake pedal, of which one is included for emergency or aggressive braking. It has e-set preset option allowing drivers to set the speed of the vehicle.

The standard e-Pedal system is created to make driving in traffic less taxing, and I was impressed with its overall seamlessness. The system does require drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and it is not and should not be considered fully autonomous. Nissan's smartphone app, meanwhile, will allow Leaf owners to pre-heat or cool the auto before they get in. "It is the culmination of everything we've learned from more than two billion miles of real life, on-road driving and from the feedback of hundreds of thousands of owners around the world, particularly Leaf customers here in the U.S".

The new interior of the Leaf offers plenty of space for driver and passenger and the overall ambience are enhanced by the choice of materials, which are nicely blended. The 7-inch, full-color TFT display has been redesigned for easier comprehension of key features, such as the Safety Shield technology, power gauge and audio and navigation system information.

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