Green Car Guide is currently in Oslo for Nissan’s European unveiling of the new Nissan LEAF, now with a 235 mile range and vehicle to grid technology. Our special feature will follow, but in the meantime here are the highlights you need to know.
The new all-electric Nissan LEAF has ‘e-Pedal’ technology which allows people to start, accelerate, decelerate and stop just by increasing or decreasing the pressure applied to the accelerator. When the accelerator is fully released, the hydraulic and friction brakes are applied automatically, bringing the car to a complete stop and regenerating the braking energy to recharge the battery. The car holds its position, even on steep up and downhill slopes, until the accelerator is pressed again.
The new LEAF also has ‘bi-directional’ charging. This means it can give back energy to power the world around it by connecting to homes and offices or the electricity grid.
The LEAF has a ProPILOT advanced driver assistance system uses the steering, braking and acceleration to assist the driver within single lane, low speed traffic and highway scenarios. In slow moving traffic it enables the new LEAF to autonomously slow down and stop where traffic flow ceases. It will then start to follow the car in front when the flow resumes. Also included is ProPILOT Park for fully autonomous parking.
The LEAF has a new exterior, with a drag coefficient of 0.28, and a completely redesigned interior with a new 7-inch, full-colour (TFT) display. The electric motor has an output of 110 kW with 320 Nm torque. Charging time is 16 hours from a 3 kW domestic supply, 8 hours from a 6 kW supply, and 5.5 hours from Nissan’s new 7.5 Kw home charger. The LEAF’s kerb weight is 1490kg.
To celebrate the European unveiling of the new second generation Nissan LEAF, a unique version is on sale from today: the new Nissan LEAF 2.ZERO limited edition. This version is the first model in Europe to be fully equipped with Nissan’s ProPILOT technology. Priced at £26,490 including Government Grant, cars will be delivered from the beginning of 2018.