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New Nissan Leaf (2018): Latest EV revealed with semi-autonomous tech and increased range

Nissan has unveiled a brand new version of the Leaf, and it’s one of the most important electric cars ever to be released. Featuring a 235 mile range (NEDC), semi-autonomous technology and the option of one pedal-driving, it brings just key features at a likely affordable price. We’ll drive the new Nissan Leaf soon, but in the meantime here are the key features and specs you need to know.

New Nissan Leaf: Design

For the last few weeks, Nissan has teased pictures of the new Nissan Leaf, so we pretty much knew what the new EV looked like. It features generally sharper styling than before, and it’s a little more svelte than the bug-eyed, previous model.

New Nissan Leaf: Range and performance

The new Leaf packs in a 40kWh battery, so it’ll be able to travel 235miles (NEDC) before charging, way more than the 100 or so mile range of the previous model. To put that in perspective, the Tesla Model S P100D has a range of around 380 miles (NEDC).

Charging will take 16 hours from a 3kW source, 8 ours from a 6kW source and just 40 minutes from a quick charger.

The new Nissan Leaf should be faster too: Power output is now at 110 kW and torque has been increased to 320 Nm, so it should be pretty rapid to 30mph.

New Nissan Leaf: Semi autonomous technology

One of the most important things about the new Nissan Leaf is its inclusion of semi-autonomous technology; Nissan has fitted its new EV with ProPILOT technology, which effectively drives the car for you.

ProPilot works between 19mph and 62mph, and is basically a combination of adaptive cruise control and lane keeping technologies. That means it’ll keep to a driver-set speed, unless the car in front slows down – and it’ll also stay centered within the lane you’re in. ProPilot also comes with start-stop technology, so it’ll stop automatically in traffic – and only needs a touch of the accelerator to get going again.

It’s pretty weird that ProPilot only works to 62mph though, as that’s clearly under the UK motorway speed limits – and way under what most adpative cruise control systems can do. It’ll be interesting to see if Nissan changes that before the Leaf’s UK release.

New Nissan Leaf: e-Pedal

The new Leaf has an e-Pedal, a driving mode that essentially allows for one foot operation. According to Nissan, the ePedal will significantly slow down the car when the driver isn’t on the accelerator.

Electric cars do that already, but the ePedal mode is also able to bring the car to a stop, and even hold a car on the hill. It’s best to think of it as a more advanced B mode, which doubles up as an automatic handbrake.

Nissan says drivers will be able to toggle the system or or off, and that brakes will still be needed when a sudden stop is necessary – but it’s going to be a useful feature, regardless.

New Nissan Leaf: Price

We’re not sure how much the new Nissan Leaf will cost in the UK, but we can take a guess based on other released prices. The Japanese price of the new EV is  3,150,360 yen, which means the standard Leaf is likely to cost just over £22,000. However, the current Leaf comes in several different trim levels, so you can expect the new Leaf to cost anything from £22,000 to £30,000 depending on the model you want.