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Nissan has unveiled the next generation of its LEAF electric vehicle, with simultaneous releases in Japan and the United States of America.

Nissan fuses pioneering electric innovation and ProPILOT technology to create the new Nissan LEAF: the most advanced electric vehicle for the masses

The new LEAF is also set to be produced in Nissan’s factories in the UK and USA in addition to its home plant in Japan. Innovations in the new LEAF include an e-pedal that takes on the role of acceleration and braking on a single pedal. In addition, new battery technology and control systems ensure an extended range of 378 kms on a single charge.

Nissan fuses pioneering electric innovation and ProPILOT technology to create the new Nissan LEAF: the most advanced electric vehicle for the masses

“The new Nissan LEAF drives Nissan Intelligent Mobility, which is the core brand strategy for Nissan’s future,” said Hiroto Saikawa, president and chief executive officer of Nissan. “The new Nissan LEAF, with its improved autonomy range, combined with the evolution of autonomous drive technology, such as ProPILOT Park and the simple operation of the e-Pedal, strengthens Nissan’s EV leadership, as well as the expansion of EVs globally. It also has the core strengths that will be embodied by future Nissan models.”

Nissan fuses pioneering electric innovation and ProPILOT technology to create the new Nissan LEAF: the most advanced electric vehicle for the masses

Nissan Intelligent Mobility is the company’s blueprint to redefine the future of driving and looks to progress the role of the car to be more than simply a mode of transport. Nissan Intelligent Mobility is defined by how the car is driven, how it is powered and how it integrates into society.

Nissan fuses pioneering electric innovation and ProPILOT technology to create the new Nissan LEAF: the most advanced electric vehicle for the masses

The new lithium-ion powerpack gives the LEAF a power output of 110kW and torque has been increased to 320Nm. The range of 378 kilometres is calculated on the NEDC, although a longer range version will be available by the end of 2018.

The LEAF now features ProPilot advanced driver assistance system, that offers autonomy on single lane highway driving. A variation on this autonomy is offered by ProPilot Park that takes over the parking process.

Nissan fuses pioneering electric innovation and ProPILOT technology to create the new Nissan LEAF: the most advanced electric vehicle for the masses

Control is by way of the e-pedal that uses a natural input algorithm to speed up when under positive pressure, slow down when the pressure is lifted off and do regenerative braking and friction brakes when the foot is lifted off altogether.

There is also a regular brake pedal for emergency braking.

The new LEAF also offers Vehicle to Grid, that allows the car to feed electricity back as a power source when needed. The vision is a future when the car also feeds back into the house to provide power when needed.

Nissan fuses pioneering electric innovation and ProPILOT technology to create the new Nissan LEAF: the most advanced electric vehicle for the masses

The car’s connect to the IDS Concept car is solid, although the new Leaf now has the V-motion grille and a floating roof styling and new LED headlights.

2017 Nissan LEAF specifications (European model)

Specifications pending final homologation

Exterior

(mm)

Overall length

4,480

Overall width

1,790

Overall height

1,535/1545

Wheelbase

2,700

Track width front/rear

1,540/1,555

Minimum ground clearance

150

Coefficient of drag (Cd)

0.28

Tires

205/55R16 or 215/50R17

 

Weights/capacity

(kg)

Curb weight (min)

1,535

Capacity

5 passenger

Gross vehicle weight

1,765-1,795

 

Battery

 

Type

Li-ion battery

Capacity

40kWh

 

Electric motor

 

Name

EM57

Maximum output

110kw(150ps)/3283~9795rpm

Maximum torque

320N・m(32.6kgf・m)/0~3283rpm

 

Performance

 

Cruising range

378 km(NEDC)

Charging time (normal charging)

16 hours(3kW)
8 hours(6kW)

Charging time up to 80% (Quick Charging)

40 minutes

Maximum speed

144 km/h

 

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