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Best selling electric car: Nissan Leaf increases range at almost the same price

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 | Gadgets

The Japanese car group Nissan wants to continue with the second generation of the Leaf the success story of the electric car. According to company data, the new model will have a higher battery capacity of 40 kilowatt hours (kWh) over a range of 378 kilometers (NEDC). Other new features are a distance-regulating system with tracking assistance for single-lane motorway traffic (propilot), a parking lot as well as a new type of accelerator pedal (e-pedal). The starting price is 31,950 euros only 700 euros above the previous model with 30 kWh.
The Leaf was launched in 2010 and is the world's most sold electric car with 283,000 copies. In Europe, the Renault Zoe has now reached the rank of the Leaf, and this year is clearly ahead of the sales figures. However, Nissan is still ahead of the BMW i3, Teslas Model S and Model X as well as the VW E-Golf when selling full electric cars.

Speculation about 60-kWh battery
Teslas Model 3 and the Chevrolet Bolt (Opel Ampera), however, enter the price category of the Leaf and are likely to dispute the Japanese market share. However, the Bolt with 60 kWh has a much larger battery and thus a greater range. While the new Leaf is around 241 kilometers far in the more demanding EPA cycle, the Chevy Bolt creates 383 kilometers. However, there is speculation that Nissan will also offer a model with a 60 kWh battery next year. According to the company, the new 40 kWh battery is just as big as the smaller model thanks to a 67 percent increase in power density.

According to the data sheet, the new Leaf receives an electric motor with 110 kilowatts and a torque of 320 Newtonmeter. The top speed is 144 kilometers per hour. The charging time at a household socket is 16 hours, at a 22 kW three-phase charging station, the leaf charges 6 kW within eight hours. With a DC rapid charger, the battery can be charged to 80 percent capacity within 40 minutes.
One-pedal operation possible
The battery can be used not only for driving, but also in the domestic electricity network. The vehicle-to-grid technology (V2G) enables energy to be exchanged, according to the communication. "For example, during the day, solar energy from the domestic photovoltaic system can be stored in the battery of the Nissan Leaf during the day and used for the operation of the TV or stereo system in the evening."
According to Nissan, the new E-Pedal is a "revolutionary technology" with which the driving behavior "can change altogether". "When the driver lifts the foot of the accelerator pedal, the vehicle gently stops until it stops, without the brake pedal having to be actuated," it says. The e-pedal has a braking rate of up to 0.2 G. The driver therefore no longer has to move the foot constantly from the throttle to the brake pedal in order to brake or stop.
Available from 27,000 euros
In addition to the assistance systems mentioned, the new leaf is equipped with an autonomous emergency brake assistant with pedestrian detection, a blind spot assistant, a traffic sign detection system and a cross traffic warning system.
The new Leaf can be ordered from October 2017 at the German Nissan dealer. The starting price is 31,950 euros gross. This can be deducted from the purchase price for electric vehicles, which is EUR 5,000 for Leaf. The model therefore comes to the German market in January 2018.


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