At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the new Nissan Leaf e+ EV has been debuted globally.
The Nissan Leaf e+ is the upgraded version of the second-gen Leaf which was introduced in 2017 and also fixed the biggest mistake of EV i.e. its lack in the range.
In 2010, the original Nissan Leaf was launched and from then with more than 380,000 units sold, it has become the most popular Electric Vehicle.
The 151-mile second-gen Leaf is not leading the industry as compared to the long-range Electric Vehicles like 310-mile Tesla Model 3 which is having 310 mile range and the 238-mile ranger Chevrolet Bolt.
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So, now comes the upgraded version of the second-gen - ‘Leaf e+’ with 226 miles of single charge range.
In the Leaf e+, Nissan has larger 62 kWh pack as compared to the present 40 kWh battery. As compared to the present 147hp, 110 kW electric powertrain, it has upgraded to the 215hp, 160 kW electric powertrain and 250 pounds-feet of torque which results in the better acceleration time of the Nissan Leaf going from 50 mph to 75 mph making it 13 percent improved.
In January 2019 and in Japan, the Nissan Leaf e+ will go on sale but it will not come in US market till this spring. And in Europe, it will go in the market after few months. Along with the new powertrain, the new Leaf e+ is also set to receive the Nissan’s ProPilot Assist semi-autonomous assistance technology.
The cost of Nissan Leaf e+ has not yet been disclosed by the Nissan. The present 151-mile second-gen Nissan Leaf costs $29,990 (approx. Rs 21,12,345).