The Chevy Bolt EV 2017 went on sale last December, but is only available in August. Meanwhile, electric car buyers have been enthusiastically waiting for the details of the 2018 Nissan Leaf, the second-generation car that was finally created in early September.
The design is much more modern than the outgoing car thanks to sharper exterior lines and a sharper and more refined front end instead of the rather agonizing expression of the old car. The exceptionally large and aerodynamic lighthouses of the old car were exchanged for more conventional units, while the familiar chrome V-shaped grid is shared with other models in the Nissan range. The shape is also deliberately strange for the new car seems more conventional to give it a wider appeal. The roof is finished in a contrasting color with the body, echoing designs such as the Mini Hatchback and the Citroen C3. At the back, the elastic lights of the old car that ran along the sides of the bootlid were replaced by larger units to help the car recharge.
Inside, there is a new center console with an integrated infotainment screen and new digital numbers in front of the driver. It seems to present more quality materials than the outgoing model, giving the cab a class feel. The blue details are used everywhere to highlight its electric power but in many ways it is similar to other Nissan interior such as Qashqai. It’s a little disappointing that the speed selector and the climate control buttons are unchanged.
The standard version of 2018 Nissan Leaf uses a new lithium-ion battery of 40kWh, from the 30kWh of the outgoing model. The battery is the same physical size as the unit in the original sheet, but it is more energetic, which improves the range to 235 miles in a single trip. More than 50% of the current car, but the recharge time remains the same, about 40 minutes for a 80% fast charge. This battery will take about eight hours for a full filling from a normal 6kW charger. The front mounted engine produces 110kW or 148bhp, from the 80kW or 108bhp of the outgoing car. This reduces the time from 0 to 62 mph in 15%, so the new sheet should cover the sprint from 0 to 62 mph for about 9.8 seconds. There will also be a larger capacity battery in a more powerful variant. Nissan tells us that this will be offered a year to 18 months after the launch of the new leaf, and that it will give the car a range of more than 310 miles when it arrives.