The 2018 Nissan Leaf electric car has been significantly updated with a more powerful electric motor, and longer-lasting battery pack that promises 150 miles of driving range, new driver-assist features, and a new exterior design.
Despite its mechanical and cosmetic improvements, the Leaf faces formidable competition that didn’t exist when it was introduced seven years ago. To counter that, Nissan promises a more powerful battery that should come a year after this new Leaf, and one that should be able to reach 200 miles of range. Will EV buyers place more of a priority on range, or on a lower price? Nissan appears to be hedging its bets on the latter, at least for now.
In introducing the updated Leaf, Nissan emphasized the car’s improved driving range, along with its value quotient. “When we launched LEAF in 2010, it instantly became the most affordable, mass market EV in the world,” said Jose Munoz, chief performance officer at Nissan Motor Company. “We are not walking away from that proposition.”