New Nissan LEAF production starts in UKDecember 19, 2017
The new Nissan LEAF offers an improved range of 235 miles on a single charge, and European production has now started at Nissan’s plant in Sunderland. The first customers will receive their vehicles in February.
Nissan claims that the new LEAF offers greater range, dynamic design, advanced driver assistance technologies and enhanced connectivity.
Technology in the new Nissan LEAF includes:
- The new e-Pedal which allows drivers to start, accelerate, decelerate and stop the car by simply increasing or decreasing the pressure applied to the accelerator, providing more control and taking the stress out of driving. E-pedal can hold the stop even downhill, and is made accessible as standard from entry grade.
- ProPILOT advanced driving assistance automatically controls the distance to the vehicle in front and steers the vehicle to help the driver keep LEAF centered in the lane. These functions can significantly improve the driving experience when driving on roads in both heavy and flowing traffic.
- ProPILOT Park is the technology that parks the new LEAF with the touch of a button. This full auto-parking feature combines advanced image processing technology using four high-resolution cameras and information from 12 ultrasonic sensors around the car to guide the vehicle into a space.
The Nissan LEAF has been in production in the UK since 2013 for European markets, with more than 85,000 units sold in Europe since 2011, when the first deliveries began from Nissan’s Oppama plant in Japan. Following an initial investment of £420m, the introduction of the new Nissan LEAF has been supported by a further £36m investment in Nissan Sunderland Plant, supporting more than 2,000 jobs at Nissan and in the UK supply chain.
The Nissan Sunderland Plant produces the Nissan Qashqai, Note and Juke and the 100% electric Nissan LEAF. Production of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles began in 2012.