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!