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Plug yourself into the new 2018 Nissan Leaf

With more range, sharper looks and better tech, the 2018 Leaf is ready to build upon the foundation laid by its forebear.

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Say goodbye to the low-range Nissan Leaf of yore.

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A new 40-kWh battery pack boosts range to 150 miles, much better than the old one's 107-mile maximum.

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A long-range version with "at least 225 miles" of range will be coming in the future, too.

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The Leaf's electric motor puts out 147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, a big improvement over the old model's 107/187 output.

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Charging time on a 6-kW unit is about 8 hours, and an 80% charge takes just 40 minutes if you're using fast charging.

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If you're stuck on a basic 3-kW setup, expect to wait 16 hours.

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The center stack is dominated by a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system on SV and SL models, with the latter incorporating Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.

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Base models will have to make do with a 6.0-inch touchscreen and fewer features, including no embedded cellular connection for telematics features.

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A new app is coming, too, to help manage off-peak charge times, precool or preheat the cabin, and manage other preferences.

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When it goes on sale, the 2018 Nissan Leaf will start at $29,900 plus $885 for delivery -- that's actually cheaper than before.

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Nissan has sold over 112,000 Leaf compacts in the US and over 283,000 globally. The US is the Leaf's #1 market.

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Despite a less-audacious appearance, the 2018 Leaf has a better coefficient of drag at just 0.28.

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In the US, the Leaf will be offered in eight paint colors, including a single two-tone finish, white with a blacked-out roof.

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The Leaf's cargo hold offers 23.6 cubic of space. 

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The 5-passenger Leaf weighs between 3,433 and 3,508 pounds.

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17-inch alloy wheels come on SV and SL models, while base S cars make do with 16-inch steelies with wheel covers.

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Keep working your way through the gallery to check out even more pictures of Nissan's latest green car.

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