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2018 Nissan Leaf Review from Hybrid Cars

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Wanted to put a link to what is one of the first hands on reviews of the new Nissan Leaf from Hybrid Cars.com.  "Let’s get one thing out of the way straight off the top: the 2018 Leaf is limited to an advertised 150 miles of range on a single charge. In a world where the Chevrolet Bolt can easily crack the 200-mile mark, this seems like a missed opportunity for Nissan to pole vault over its competition. However, Nissan engineers say 200-plus mile version of the Leaf is in the offing for 2019, at which point the company will increase sales momentum. Naturally, the long-legged Leaf will be more expensive." For the full review, go here.

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Nissan Announces the 2018 Leaf

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From the LA. Times "The battle for control of the small but increasingly competitive electric vehicle market got a little hotter Tuesday night, as Japanese car company Nissan unveiled a new Leaf with a stronger battery and longer range — at a price well below rival electric cars. "

Read the whole article here.

http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-nissan-leaf-unveil-20170905-story,amp.html

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An Assisted Driving Nissan Leaf?

This report is from earlier this year, but as we inch closer to an announcement about the 2018 Nissan Leaf, this CleanTechnica article certainly adds to the excitement surrounding the Gen 2 version.

The second generation of the Nissan LEAF will feature the company’s ProPilot technology — allowing for autonomous travel on highways under many circumstances — according to Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn.
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Nissan Executive and the Future Range of the Leaf

Nissan IDS concept image.

Nissan IDS concept image.

Kazuo Yajima, head of electric vehicles for Nissan and Renault, recently discussed the electric range expectations for the new Leaf and future vehicles on the Japanese automaker’s electric platform, as reported by Electrek.   Look for the 2018 Leaf to cross the 200 mile range barrier and have a new form factor for the first time.  (Read more here)

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The Next Nissan Leaf?

In an article just published on the web site electrek.co we may be getting a first real world sneak peek at the next version of the Nissan Leaf.  Despite being camouflaged, the car has some clearly new design points that look to be based on a concept IDS design.  Nissan expects to reveal the Next Gen Leaf (2018 model) in September of 2017 with sales soon after.  Click here to read more.

Other sites showing images of the next Leaf include:

AutoCar.co.uk

GreenCarReports.com

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Learning A Lot About Electric Range

When I first got my Leaf, I concentrated heavily on how my driving style, techniques and car settings affected my range.  The more AC, more heat, more lead foot driving and jack-rabbit starts, the lower the range.  So it was a great learning curve and fun to watch the accumulating data.

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Then one beautiful spring day I needed to make a round trip up into New Hampshire.  The range of the trip was right near the edge of my 80 mile comfort zone.  So I planned a route that would take me near several charging options, mostly near the start of the trip, with the same ones on my route near the end.  And I also planned the trip using the ECO setting on the Leaf's navigation, which took me somewhat away from charging opportunities... but I knew it would be easy enough to switch routes if necessary.

It turns out that the real beauty of this plan was that I was able to experience the effect ECO routes would have on mileage.  It was an amazing trip in that regard. 

For the first time I was taking a long trip but wasn't in a hurry and so this route called for an average speed of maybe 40 miles per hour.  And that was the beauty of the trip, fast enough but not too fast.

I got to my destination with slightly more than half of my predicted range left.  The event was a party, celebrating the change a good friend was making in his life and while enjoying myself I went over the trip home in my head.  I figured I would start taking the ECO route, but if necessary, transition to the less-ECO route  charging options, near the end of my journey.  That would give me some safety in case things looked like they were getting close.

So I headed out and kept my eye on the GOM just to have a sense of how I was doing.  What started to become clear was  that based on my driving speed and the mild temperatures, it looked like I might get home without stopping. This was pleasantly surprising but I knew it was within the envelope of possibility.

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As the trip neared completion and the GOM indicated less and less miles available, it was still safely within the range of arriving at home with energy remaining.  I did frequently make use of the Leaf's steering wheel button showing the remaining range on a map.  But in the end it was never really in doubt, and as it turned out this was a record-setting trip for me.  It was the first and only single-charge, 100+ mile day for me in my Leaf.  Pretty cool and a great learning experience, about range.

 

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