2018 Nissan LEAF Revealed

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG] 150 miles range from a 40 kWh pack plus a lot more.

    Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Sept. 5, 2017

    2018 Nissan LEAF- 150 mile of single charge range. Pricing TBA.

    The all-new Nissan LEAF sets a new standard in the growing market for mainstream electric vehicles by offering customers greater range, advanced technologies and a dynamic new design.

    The new, second generation Nissan LEAF is the first answer to a long line of future Nissan Intelligent Mobility offerings. The three key aspects of Nissan Intelligent Mobility include Intelligent Driving, Intelligent Power, and Intelligent Integration.

    Nissan Intelligent Driving

    The all-new LEAF’s Nissan Intelligent Driving technologies include the brands ProPILOT Assist, e-Pedal and the company’s Nissan Safety Shield. ProPILOT Assist is a single-lane driving assistance technology. Once activated, it can automatically control the distance to the vehicle in front, using a speed preset by the driver (between about 18 mph and 62 mph). Standard radar CC for everyone else but lacking full stop and start without driver input prior to the 3-second time to manual of most high-end systems on the road today.

    It can also help the driver steer and keep the vehicle centered in its lane. Lane Keep Assist for the rest of us.

    Another innovation that enhances the LEAF’s driving experience is the e-Pedal, which is offered as standard equipment on all grade levels. It allows the driver the simplicity of accelerating, decelerating and stopping the car by using the accelerator pedal alone — a revolutionary innovation that can change the way people drive. Not a fan of this feature.

    By simply releasing the accelerator, the LEAF will come to a smooth and complete stop without the need to press the brake pedal. With a deceleration rate of up to 0.2g, the e-Pedal eliminates the need for drivers to constantly move their foot from the accelerator to the brake pedal to slow down or stop. This helps reduce fatigue and increase enjoyment.

    While the conventional brake pedal must still be used in aggressive braking situations, the e-Pedal lets drivers use a single pedal for more than 90 percent of their driving needs.

    Along with ProPILOT Assist and e-Pedal, the new LEAF is equipped with a set of advanced safety technologies including Intelligent Lane Intervention, Lane Departure Warning, Intelligent Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Intelligent Around View Monitor with moving object detection.

    Nissan Intelligent Power

    The new LEAFs e-powertrain offers improved energy efficiency and increased torque and power output. The new e-powertrain delivers linear acceleration with a 147 hp on tap, 38 percent more than the previous-generation LEAF. Torque has been increased 26 percent to 236 lb-ft, resulting in improved acceleration.

    With the additional power comes improved range. The car’s new Li-Ion pack delivers an estimated 150 miles of range.

    The new battery design adds energy-storage capacity without increasing the size. The battery pack occupies the exact same dimensions as that of the previous-generation LEAF. The individual cell structure of the laminated lithium-ion battery cells has been improved, representing a 67 percent increase in energy density versus the original 2010 LEAF model.

    Another key engineering improvement for the lithium-ion battery pack is the use of enhanced electrode materials with revised chemistry, resulting in higher power density while contributing to greater battery durability upon charge and discharge.

    For those who want more excitement and performance, Nissan will also offer a new higher power, longer range version at a higher price for the 2019 model year. Early estimates of 230+ mile range from a 60 kWh pack.

    Nissan Intelligent Integration

    The new LEAF links drivers, vehicles and communities through the user-friendly NissanConnect feature and systems that share power between electric vehicles and homes, buildings and power grids.

    Using vehicle-to-home systems, the battery makes it possible to store surplus solar power during the daytime and then use it to help power the home in the evening. The customer can also recharge the battery in the middle of the night, when prices are lowest in some markets, and then use the electricity during the day to reduce energy costs.

    In some countries with V2G (vehicle-to-grid) systems, LEAF owners can get incentives from energy companies to improve power grid stability by absorbing demand fluctuation. The system is not offered in the United States at this time.

    A newly designed interface on the Nissan LEAF smartphone app allows users to monitor the vehicle’s state of charge, schedule charging to benefit from optimal energy tariffs, find the nearest charging station, and pre-heat or cool the car before getting in.

    2018 Nissan LEAF Chassis

    To match the improved output of the electric motor and inverter, Nissan engineers enhanced the car’s chassis for better stability. Heavy components, including the battery, are placed in the center of the body, helping achieve smaller yaw moments of inertia compared with front-engine vehicles and thereby improving directional stability, enabling smoother cornering.

    The new LEAF’s electric power steering system (EPA) has a more linear feel that enhances confidence, especially on highways, with enhanced feedback from the road surface. This is thanks to a software upgrade, new control logic working in conjunction with the steering angle sensor, and a 10 percent increase in steering torsion bar stiffness. Additionally, the urethane bump stop for the rear suspension has been replaced by a rubber stop to reduce impact jolts when driving on uneven roads.

    The new LEAF also comes with Intelligent Ride Control for more precise electric motor torque control generation when cornering, reducing vibration while simultaneously improving ride quality and steering control.


    2018 Nisan LEAF Exterior Design

    The new LEAF’s design is inspired by the IDS Concept car, first shown at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. Unfortunately, it does not grab pone’s eyes as the IDS did.

    The philosophy behind the exterior design was clean and simple lines with a sleek silhouette. The horizontal character line, the bumper, and the highlights in the lower part of the body emphasize the lower center of gravity, giving the beholder an instinctive feeling that it’s agile and fun to drive.

    The signature V-Motion grille, the boomerang light signature and the floating roof are all part of Nissan’s other model offerings DNA.

    A clear-blue 3D mesh pattern with a "freezing" motif, on a flush surface inside the V-Motion grille and projector-beam headlights with dual, direct-lens low and high beams are a first for Nissan. Forward illumination coverage is said to be vastly improved.

    The rear combination lamps feature a unique signature that’s easily recognizable from a distance. A spoiler integrated in the window graphics gives the new LEAF an impressive, sporty look. The low hood blends flawlessly into the windshield and floating roof, creating a sleek silhouette that makes air flow.

    The underfloor and a diffuser-type rear bumper combine to achieve reduced drag and zero lift, resulting in improved vehicle stability. Thanks to the aerodynamic body styling, including a rear bumper with a clear-cut curve and aero-design wheels, the new Nissan LEAF has a 0.28 coefficient of drag. <-- Shaking my head on this one. :(

    The angle of the charging port at the front has been reconfigured for greater convenience, letting the customer connect the charging cable without bending down. Ergonomic testing by Nissan shows that this new 45-degree angle allows drivers of all heights to easily and comfortably connect the charger.

    2018 Nissan Interior Design

    The new LEAF’s cabin features a “Gliding Wing” design language. The redesigned driver information display has a simple, light configuration without excessive decoration. It focuses on visibility, creating a tasteful, understated look and feel with both excellent spaciousness and functionality.

    Signature blue stitching, an emblem of Nissan EVs, in the seats, door trim, armrest and steering wheel. The blue, illuminated vehicle start/stop button and shift knob finisher create a high-tech look.

    The center console and switchgear provides just enough information when and where a driver needs it. This helps them focus on what really matters the most – an enjoyable drive. When the car is activated, a start-up movie is displayed.

    Monitors and switches have also been redesigned. Most notable is the combination of an analog speedometer and a multi-information display. On the left side, the 7-inch, full-color, thin-film transistor (TFT) display shows a power gauge meter by default. The driver can smoothly change the information that is displayed.

    The center display has a screen with a flush-surface design allowing the driver to easily operate audio and navigation systems and connect to smartphones intuitively with just a fingertip. The display shows the Safety Shield technology, the vehicle’s state-of-charge and a power gauge, as well as audio and navigation system information.

    Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have been added to the infotainment system in cars equipped with the navigation system. Finally! Too bad it is not included in the non-NAV models where it should be standard. The audio and navigation functions can be modified with a steering switch, without taking hands off the steering wheel.

    Overall interior quality has been reworked. A matte chrome finish with a high-quality feel has been applied to the rim of the steering wheel, wrapped in genuine leather, and the center display, making for consistent brightness and quality of each metal finisher. Matte and glossy shades of black have been carefully applied in the air conditioner control panel and the vent grille, creating an advanced, precise interface and a comfortable cabin – like a high-quality living room with relaxing softness and warmth combined at their best.

    Please, please, please do not tell us the mouse fur on egg carton head liner has been retained???


    NissanConnect, allows the driver to search for continuously updated information such as the location and operating hours of free charging stations and charging station availability. Owners can also access their smartphone to check the car’s battery status.

    The comfort and quietness of the new Nissan LEAF even at highway speeds is said to be very quiet. Along with producing less drag, aerodynamic upgrades and exterior refinements have led to a reduction in wind noise.

    Other noise-reduction measures include optimization of the redesigned inverter’s structural rigidity, and a noise-isolating cover on top of the PDM. The noise from the electric motor itself has also been reduced, even as it generates more torque and power than ever before.

    The front console has been completely redesigned. The dual cup holders, in a tandem configuration, are now between the driver’s seat and front passenger seat. This allows for a new stowage area at the base of the center console – ideal for a smartphone or wallet – as well as an easily accessible power switch, a 12-volt power outlet and a USB port. This new and ergonomic center console design gives easier access to the controls and switchgear in the lower portion.

    Energy-efficient air-conditioning and heating systems provide elevated comfort inside the cabin for all occupants. A smartphone app provides convenience features such as remote pre-conditioning of the vehicle’s interior temperature and wireless remote charging.

    While the energy capacity of the lithium-ion battery pack has been significantly increased, the cabin’s interior dimensions remain essentially unchanged and comfortably accommodate five people. What’s more, the rear cargo area has been redesigned to provide increased luggage space, offering 23.6 cubic feet of available volume with the rear seats up. The square space, with bumps removed as much as possible, allows greater space utilization, increasing convenience and usability. The rear cargo space can now accommodate two large suitcases or three medium-sized, airline carry-on suitcases. It also allows for easier charging cable storage.

    2018 Nissan LEAF Color

    The new LEAF is available in eight body colors. The new LEAF is also available in a two-tone White/Black.

    Moving to the interior, an all-black interior gives an air of cool sophistication, discreetly enhanced by lighter accents on the seats, as well as the blue stitching on the steering wheel, seats and central armrest. The alternative option is a pale shade of gray, which colors the seats, door trims, central portion of the dashboard and central armrest. These surfaces are contrasted with the dark gray accents of the central console, binnacle, lower and upper dashboard sections and steering wheel. The overall effect is a light and airy ambience.

    The new LEAF goes on sale Oct. 2 in Japan. It is slated for deliveries in the U.S., Canada and Europe in early 2018. It will be sold in more than 60 markets worldwide.

    2018 Nissan LEAF specifications (U.S model)

    Exterior (in)

    Overall length - 176.4
    Overall width - 70.5
    Overall height - 61.4
    Wheelbase - 106.3
    Track width front/rear - 60.6/61.2 (S model)
    Minimum ground clearance - 5.9

    Coefficient of drag (Cd) - 0.28

    Wheels/Tires - 16-in. steel with205/55R-16 or 17-inch aluminum-alloy with 215/50R-17

    Cargo area (cu. ft.) - 23.6

    Weight/capacity (lb.)

    Curb weight: 3,433 – 3,508
    Capacity: 5=-passenger
    Gross vehicle weight: 4,453


    Type: Li-ion battery
    Capacity: 40kWh

    EM57 Electric motor
    Maximum output: 147 hp @ 3283~9795 rpm
    Maximum torque: 236 lb-ft @ 0~3283 rpm


    Cruising range: 150 miles

    Charging time (normal charging)

    16 hours (3kW)
    8 hours (6kW)
    Charging time from alert to 80% (Quick Charging): 40 minute

    2018 Nissan LEAF[ Early Conclusions

    200+ mile range from the 150 mile range pack? A gimme. 0 to 60 in under 9 seconds? Probably closer to 8. With its 106.3" wheelbase, it is finally a C-segment hatch battling for sales with teeth. Up against the Tesla Model3, I hope Nissan sharpened their pencils...

    Stay tuned as we will be watching this one very closely for obvious reasons. :)
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  2. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    I'm disappointed, too. Somewhere, I saw the 2013 Leaf already had that level of drag coefficient.

    Still, I have to look at the positives. The range is certainly good enough for me. 70-80 miles was good enough in the 2013 Leaf, but the wife got nervous and I ran low a couple of times though never empty. Just less opportune timing of the forced charging. These days the wife can run on EV only with the 30+ range she gets in the Prime, but we still intentionally use gas occasionally anyway. Wouldn't have to with the new Leaf.
  3. NeilBlanchard

    NeilBlanchard Well-Known Member

    It is very good, and yet underwhelming at the same time.

    I am disappointed by the center console - they should have consulted with a few tall people.

    The first gen Leaf has a Cd of 0.32, so the 0.28 is better, but again a bit disappointing.

    They will sell a lot better than the current Leaf, I think. And hopefully, they hit a home run in 2019.
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  4. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Okay, I'll take your source over the following. I'm not being facetious.


  5. Elixer

    Elixer Well-Known Member

    It looks a lot better than the previous Leaf models - like a normal car rather than an awkward plastic mold. This should help it sell better IMO. However it shows a lack of creativity that they use the same black paint sections on the hatch as a Chevy Bolt.

    That being said, I agree with the "Whaaaaa?" reaction to the Cd. The 2nd gen Prius from 2004 has a Cd of 0.26, with an ICE it needs to keep cool via unaerodynamic radiator airflow. With no engine to cool, a sub 0.25 Cd should be a walk in the park. The 4th gen Prius has Cd of 0.24 and Tesla's model 3 is expected to be even lower.

    Looks like a good car, but can it compete with the Bolt, Model 3, Volt, and Prius Prime? I would choose a Model 3, Prius Prime, or Volt over this car :confused:
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  6. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    How will it compete with the Ioniq BEV? That car really stole sales away from Nissan. All 13 or 14 of them....;)
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  7. Unleaded

    Unleaded Well-Known Member

    Ewww, it has an analog speedometer.
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  8. Trollbait

    Trollbait Well-Known Member

    A leak had the base Leaf price matching the Ioniq Electric's
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  9. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    The styling still needs some work. Nissan needs to drop the "floating roof" style, or commit all the way. That body-colored bump going halfway up the D pillar is hideous and breaks up any clean lines the car started to have.
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  10. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    I never quite understood the floating roof thing... it only sort of looks floating with a light body color (white is good) and maybe if the window tint were limo-dark, otherwise?... Maybe if the D pillar were an active display using cloaking technology and showing what's on the other side. :D

    I'd feel safer without a floating roof. Convertibles are out for me, too. :)
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  11. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    The worst one was the Jaguar XJ. They blacked out the C pillar, and nicely too - all the way from the beltline to the roof. And then stuck on chrome window trim that ruined the whole effect!

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  12. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    I don't know... if one's not going for the floating roof thing, that chrome strip makes the profile look more complete and makes ME feel safer. :D
  13. NeilBlanchard

    NeilBlanchard Well-Known Member

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  14. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    This is an assembly video of the Leaf. There's some testing stuff at the end.

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  15. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    All I have to say is...... 61.4" height. Nuff said. This is a crossover. But what do I know ? I just think it's too tall.
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  16. NeilBlanchard

    NeilBlanchard Well-Known Member

    My spouse and I went to see the 2018 Leaf at the Cambridge Drive In event. Bottom line is the center console kills it for us. It flairs out at the top, and the edge hits me just below my kneecap.

    The rear seat is a bit higher (which is good for leg position) - but I now hit my head. So, it goes from a car we fit in (barely) to a car we don't fit in, unfortunately.
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  17. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Thanks for the report on the issues you encountered, Neil. Very odd that these kinds of issues made it through. Maybe their test subjects were short and had their knees strapped together. :D
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  18. NeilBlanchard

    NeilBlanchard Well-Known Member

    I am fairly tall - 6'-4" with a 36" inseam, so I need to have my knee to the side, and it then hits the console. Lot's of cars have this problem to varying degrees. Center consoles are a pain.
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  19. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    The all-new 2018 Nissan LEAF just won “CES 2018 Best of Innovation” award

    The new Nissan LEAF was named "2018 Best of Innovation" winner at the annual "Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Unveiled" ceremony, presented by the Consumer Technology Association.


    The award, given before a crowd of tech industry experts in New York, marks the first international award for the all-new zero-emission Nissan LEAF.

    As confirmation of Nissan's leading investment in innovation, the Nissan LEAF 100% electric vehicle with ProPILOT Assist and e-Pedal technologies took the following honors:
    • CES Best of Innovation award winner for Vehicle Intelligence and Self-Driving Technology
    • CES honoree for Tech for a Better World
    Each year, the Consumer Technology Association announces its CES Best of Innovation award winners as part of the buildup to the January CES in Las Vegas. Nissan and the association will put on a special display of the new Nissan LEAF at the 2018 show.
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  20. WriConsult

    WriConsult Super Moderator

    Looks nice. The improved range will be great (and necessary to compete, given the Bolt and Model 3).

    Meanwhile, tonight I pick up my new-to-me 2015 Leaf*. Very excited to start having a car charging in the driveway. Keep snapping up those new ones on lease, folks, so you can keep feeding the secondary market 3 years from now. Prices on used Leafs are truly fantastic right now. We paid $11k for ours.

    * "Leaf," not "LEAF." It's not an acronym, so far as I'm aware, so it should not be written in all caps.

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