New Nissan Leaf electric vehicle to have 400km range

"If it's successful, the Leaf will be a major part of the portfolio of Nissan", said, Chief Executive Hiroto Saikawa. Nissan has said that the new leaf will have extended range of nearly 250kms as per the EPA certifications.

The new LEAF is also the embodiment of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, a global initiative that focuses on how Nissan vehicles are driven, powered and integrated into society.

However, the time it takes to charge the new high-tech lithium-ion battery pack will be four hours longer - up to 16 hours on a home socket from zero - than the current one.

The new Leaf also features ProPILOT autonomous drive technology, used during single-lane driving on the highway, and ProPILOT Park, which when activated, takes control of steering, acceleration, braking, shift-changing and the parking brake to automatically guide it into a parking spot. Similar to BMW's "one-pedal operation" in the i3, the vast majority of normal (and, let's be honest, sensible) driving is achieved using just the accelerator pedal. When the pedal is fully released, the brakes and the regeneration come on to bring the vehicle to a stop.

In about 24 hours from now, Nissan will pull the curtains off the next-gen Leaf and we can't wait to check out the vehicle in person. Cautious consumers might end up waiting a year to see just what the automaker has its sleeve before committing to the 2018 model.

These features, however, are not just aimed at the USA, the Leaf's biggest market, but also at China, a country many people see as the most promising market going forward.

Peak output from the base 2018 Leaf's electric motor is 147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque.

The new Leaf goes on sale in Japan on October 10, but USA drivers will have to wait until "early 2018" to get their hands on it, Nissan says.

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The new Nissan Leaf will be available in white, yellow, red, light blue and a new Spring Light Green color option.

Now we've been wanting the Nissan Leaf to come to India ever since the Indian government has made a decision to switch to electric vehicles by 2030. That would put some distance between Nissan and rival Tesla Inc., as the latter prepares to ramp up manufacturing of the new Model 3 sedan.

In some countries, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have been added to the infotainment system in cars equipped with the navigation system.

It's also less gawky than the outgoing model to appeal to buyers who want a vehicle that looks more conventional.

Also new is a pair of semi-autonomous driving technologies, "ProPilot" and "ProPilot Park".

There's also ProPilot Park which uses a quartet of HD cameras and a dozen ultrasonic sensors to park for you - parallel or perpendicular and even in angled bays - forwards or backwards.

Nevertheless, with battery prices dropping rapidly and driving ranges becoming practical, analysts are predicting that EVs will soon become competitive with mainstream gasoline-powered cars.

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