The Nissan Leaf was the primary fashionable battery-electric automotive to be offered in giant numbers, however Nissan’s rivals have caught up. Different automakers now supply electrical vehicles with a minimum of 200 miles of vary at comparatively inexpensive costs, whereas the current-generation Nissan Leaf might solely muster 150 miles of vary upon its launch. Now the Leaf is getting an improve.
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Unveiled at CES 2019, the 2019 Nissan Leaf e+ not solely provides extra vary, but in addition extra energy. The brand new mannequin has 226 miles of vary, courtesy of a 62-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack (up from 40 kWh within the base Leaf). It additionally produces 214 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque, in comparison with the 147 hp and 236 lb.-ft. of the bottom mannequin. Drive continues to be to the entrance wheels, and no different main modifications have been made to the automotive.
The e+ could also be a greater Leaf, however its efficiency is barely enough in comparison with rival electrical vehicles. The Chevrolet Bolt EV provides 238 miles of vary from a 60-kWh battery pack. The Chevy has much less horsepower (200 hp) however extra torque (266 lb.-ft.) than the Nissan. Each the Hyundai Kona Electrical and upcoming Kia Niro EV use the identical 64-kWh battery pack and electrical motor, which produces 200 hp and 290 lb-ft of torque within the Kona (the Niro is rated at an additional lb.-ft. of torque). The Kona boasts 258 miles of vary, whereas the Niro EV will get an estimated 239 miles per cost. The Tesla Mannequin three might additionally prime the Leaf e+, if Tesla ever will get round to creating the cheaper $35,000 model.
It’s essential to say pricing. The bottom Leaf could have much less vary than the vehicles talked about above, but it surely’s additionally cheaper than most of them. Nissan received’t reveal pricing for the Leaf e+ simply but, however prospects should pay a premium for that additional vary and energy. That would shut the pricing hole, with out providing segment-leading vary.
The Leaf does a minimum of have a few distinctive tech options. Like the bottom mannequin, the Leaf e+ shall be supplied with e-Pedal, which blends regenerative braking with the traditional friction brakes, permitting the driving force to just about keep away from utilizing the brake pedal. Each the bottom Leaf and the e+ are additionally accessible with ProPilot Help, a driver-assist system that mainly combines adaptive cruise management with automated lane centering.
The 2019 Nissan Leaf e+ will go on sale in america inside two to 3 months, Denis Le Vot, head of Nissan North America, mentioned on the automotive’s Las Vegas unveiling. We’re desirous to see the way it stacks up in opposition to different electrical vehicles in the true world.