Electric vehicles seem to be in the midst of a renaissance of sorts. This month, Tesla will launch the made-for-mass-consumption Tesla Model 3, set to be the all-electric automaker’s most affordable offering yet.
On the other hand, there’s the Nissan Leaf, the world’s best-selling electric vehicle. The new Leafs will feature brand new electric technology to challenge the Tesla Model 3 in 2018.
A major component of Nissan’s new electric technology is its ProPILOT system. ProPILOT is a foray into semi-autonomous driving, as well as a boost to the Leaf’s single-charge range, jumping up to 200 miles. ProPILOT can be activated at any speed between 18 and 62 MPH. It will be able to maintain the vehicle’s current lane, even on curvier roads. The system can also control steering and automatically hit the brakes when an object is detected in the vehicle’s course. ProPILOT does all that by implementing an on-board camera to monitor the vehicle’s travel.
An exciting feature for the 2018 Nissan Leaf is the fact that the vehicle will be able to change lanes autonomously. Building upon that, the 2020 Nissan Leaf will then be able to cross intersections and travel through cities autonomously. The team here at Tom Naquin Nissan can’t wait to see where this greener and innovative future takes us!
The Nissan Leaf is one of the biggest names in the green car segment, and as such, its fans are always looking forward to a better battery with a longer range. While the 2017 Leaf battery won’t be new to the lineup, it was formerly only an available option on higher trim levels. As a result, lower trim levels of the Nissan Leaf will have a longer range in addition to a slight price bump, according to a recent reveal by Nissan reps.
The battery in question is a 30 kWh pack that was originally only available on the Leaf SV and SL models, which means that every Leaf has a range of 107 miles. Following suit is the Leaf’s base price, up $1,600 from the 2016 model year. Now, the standard model will start at a price of $30,680, while the SV will be $34,200 and the SL tops the model range at $36,790. Even with the price jump, however, the Nissan Leaf’s base model is the cheapest price for the longest range on the market.
Some enthusiasts were hoping to see the 41 kWh pack that was seen in Renault’s new ZOE model at the Paris Motor Show, but the 2017 Leaf battery seems to be forgoing the 200-plus-mile range for now. However, this upcoming January the Nissan CEO is preparing a keynote speech for the 2017 CES show, so we might hear some news regarding future Leaf models.