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New Nissan Leaf Revealed With 150 Mile Range, Autonomous Driving Tech

New Nissan Leaf Revealed With 150 Mile Range, Autonomous Driving Tech

Whereas the previous Leaf looked like nothing else, it's clear the looks of this latest version are very much created to fit in with the rest of the Nissan range.

The Leaf also allows drivers to accelerate, decelerate and brake using one pedal. Created to be used in a single lane, the feature can automatically control the distance to the vehicle in front, using a speed preset by the driver (between about 18 miles per hour and 62 mph).

Range anxiety has been lessened by an increase in range to 235 miles on a single charge.

Nissan said that a more powerful version of the Leaf, with longer range, will go on sale late next year.

The prominent Japan automaker Nissan has come up this Wednesday with a whole new line of electric automobiles that are expected to directly combat Tesla's Model 3 in the low-end market.

Gone is the frumpy exterior design of the first-generation Leaf in favor a sleeker hatchback that incorporate some Nissan design traits of recent models with one of the most aerodynamic exterior designs in the industry.

The Nissan Leaf may have neither the range nor cachet of a Tesla, but that hasn't stopped Nissan selling nearly 300,000 Leafs (Leaves?) since the car's introduction in 2010. It still is a hands-on system, but previews future technologies that will lead to autonomous operation.

The updated EV now offers a range of 400km thanks to a new e-powertrain which also puts out 110kW and 320Nm.

There will also be ProPILOT autonomous drive technology, used only for single-lane driving on the highway.

The new Leaf will charge from empty to 80 percent in just 40 minutes. Which leaves us with the recently launched 2018 all-electric Leaf the intensely anticipated successor, to one of the first ever production EVs is here, with some all new tricks up its sleeve. On the inside, you'll find a 7-inch touchscreen and a nice digital/analog driver instrument cluster. If the accelerator is released, regenerative and friction brakes are applied automatically, bringing the Leaf to a complete stop. Nissan was an innovator seven years ago when it unveiled its first Leaf, with 280,000 units sold.

However, much has changed since its 2011 introduction, and competitors have gained an advantage in the market with some impressive battery technology and semi-autonomous driving systems.

Electric cars do that already, but the ePedal mode is also able to bring the auto to a stop, and even hold a vehicle on the hill. However, under heaving braking the brake pedal is still required.

The new Leaf is rated for 248 miles in Japan, 235 miles in Europe, but only 150 miles in the USA, due to different range tests for electric vehicles in different territories.