New Nissan Leaf to be produced at Sunderland

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Brian Maragno, director of electric vehicle marketing for Nissan in the USA, said the 2018 Leaf will start at $29,990 before a $7,500 federal tax credit, an important price point to current Leaf owners, many of whom will come back as repeat buyers.

Nissan has brought up a whole new e-Pedal technology to this new generation Nissan Leaf vehicle.

Faced with tighter global environmental regulations, most carmakers are investing heavily in the electric-car sector, sparking a ferocious race to create the next green vehicle.

Work will start on the new model by the end of this year. Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co. unveiled its zero-emissions vehicle in the US late Tuesday.

Nissan is said to be preparing a sporty Leaf Nismo to help entice younger buyers into its mass market EV.

The interior is well-furnished but somewhat conservative by electric-car standards.

Inside, the previous Leaf's separate upper and lower instrument panels have been replaced by a traditional panel, albeit one that contains a configurable 7-inch color screen.

At its heart, the 2018 Leaf's electric powertrain has been upgraded. However, the 2018 LEAF does employ high-tech driver-assist features, such as ProPilot Assist, Nissan's lane-centering intelligent cruise control. But it also can steer as needed to keep the Leaf in its lane, as long as the highway has visible lane markers. "It takes everything we've learned from our loyal first-generation LEAF owners to the next level". The electric motor now makes 147hp and 320Nm of torque. The new Leaf is scheduled to be on display Saturday, Sept. 16 at the National Drive Electric Week event at De Anza Community College in Cupertino. The new Nissan Leaf Electric auto will go on sale starting Europe from January 2018.

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The new Leaf is 448cm long, 179cm wide and 153cm high, meaning it's 4cm longer, 2cm wider and 2cm lower than its predecessor.

The zero-emissions vehicle-which Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co. unveiled in the US late Tuesday and in a Tokyo suburb Wednesday-promises a travel range of about 400 kilometers in Japanese driving conditions or 150 miles in the USA, before needing another charge.

The value for the money evaluation is always going to depend on the needs and desires of individual consumers - some will find the Model 3 a better offer and some will find the LEAF a better offer - and I discussed several of the factors influencing such an evaluation.

Will Chevrolet respond by adjusting the price of the Bolt EV, just as the Volt plug-in got price cuts after its initial release? The base version has an advertised range of 220 miles and starts at $35,000 before incentives. That's $690 less than the 2017 Leaf MSRP and well below the price of the Model 3.

Contrast that with the Leaf, which comes nicely equipped (aside from the range issue) for just under $30,000 - or about $22,500 after USA government incentives.

At a starting price of under $30,000, Nissan's new ride offers quite the bang for its buck.

You can reserve the 2018 Leaf and you will lock in a free gift of a Google Home with a Nest thermostat, Apple Watch or Go Pro with purchase or lease of the 2018 Nissan Leaf.

Will it be enough to give the new Leaf traction in the market?