Nissan turns over a new 150-mile Leaf
1:52

Nissan turns over a new 150-mile Leaf

Roadshow
[MUSIC] Now it may not generate buzz like a Tesla but if global sales are any indicator, Nissan's Leaf is the king of the affordable EV. And the auto maker's just pulled the wraps off of the new second generation 2018 Leaf with more power, more tech and even more range, all for less money. Now the old Leaf was a bit of a cutesy looking goofy car, but the new one actually looks pretty cool. Beneath that new look is a more energy dense lithium ion battery pack. 40 kilowatt hours. That is enough to propel the new Leaf to about a range of about 150 miles per charge. And all of that extra juice flows through a new e motor at the front end that puts about 147 horsepower and 236 pound feet of torque to the front end. That's a significant gain in both power and torque. Now you'll control Well all of that extra power through what Nissan calls an e-pedal. That's Nissan speak for a one foot driving system. That means when you lift off the acceleration, the Nissan leaves start to slow down immediately due to its enhanced generator breaking system. We've tested systems similar to these and generally like it. Drivers will also be aided by Nissan's ProPilot Assist system, that's sort of a combination of an adaptive cruise control system with stop-and-go traffic assist, and a very firm-handed lanekeeping assistance system that keeps the Leaf centered in its lane while driving. It's a hands-on system, not exactly auto-pilot. The 2018 Nissan Leaf hits dealers in early 2018, starting at $29,990. That's 690 bucks cheaper than the current 2017 Nissan Leaf, and you get so much more range. Tech and everything. And for the very patient, Nissan has a more capacious Leaf E Plus model in the pipeline for early 2019 with a larger 60 kilowatt hour battery and a range of around 225 miles. Might be worth waiting for. [MUSIC] [BLANK_AUDIO]

Up Next

2023 Nissan Z First Drive: A Hotter Performer With Newfound Tech Smarts
nissan-z-2023-first-drive-holdingstill-cms

Up Next

2023 Nissan Z First Drive: A Hotter Performer With Newfound Tech Smarts

2023 Nissan Ariya: Finally Driving Nissan's Electric SUV!
nissan-ariya-first-drive-still

2023 Nissan Ariya: Finally Driving Nissan's Electric SUV!

Nissan Z 2023 : The legend is reborn
nissan-z-thumb-cms

Nissan Z 2023 : The legend is reborn

2022 Nissan Frontier: Modern midsize adventure
nissan-frontier-2022-firstdrive-holdingstill-cms

2022 Nissan Frontier: Modern midsize adventure

2022 Nissan Pathfinder has something new for everyone
nissan-pathfinder-first-drive-still

2022 Nissan Pathfinder has something new for everyone

2022 Nissan Pathfinder: Checking out this smarter, better-looking 3-row SUV
pathfinder-cms-thumb

2022 Nissan Pathfinder: Checking out this smarter, better-looking 3-row SUV

2022 Nissan Frontier: Hands-on with the midsize truck that looks ready to shake up its segment
nissan-frontier-2022-firstlook-4

2022 Nissan Frontier: Hands-on with the midsize truck that looks ready to shake up its segment

Nissan Pathfinder gets better looks and tech for 2022
nissan-pathfinder-first-look-still

Nissan Pathfinder gets better looks and tech for 2022

2021 Nissan Rogue: Family-friendly value with an edge
rogue-first-drive-still

2021 Nissan Rogue: Family-friendly value with an edge

Roadshow Video Series

AutoComplete
autocomplete-w

AutoComplete

Cooley On Cars
on-cars-w

Cooley On Cars

Carfection
carfection-w

Carfection

CNET Top 5
cnet-top-5-w

CNET Top 5

The Apple Core
apple-core-w

The Apple Core

Tech Today
tech-today-w

Tech Today

Latest Cars All latest products

2023 Nissan Z First Drive: A Hotter Performer With Newfound Tech Smarts
nissan-z-2023-first-drive-holdingstill-cms

2023 Nissan Z First Drive: A Hotter Performer With Newfound Tech Smarts

Driving Porsche's Top-Secret Prototype Electric Race Car!
gt4-e-perf-still

Driving Porsche's Top-Secret Prototype Electric Race Car!

Our First Look at the All-New 2023 Ranger Rover Sport
land-rover-range-rover-sport-fl-still-v1

Our First Look at the All-New 2023 Ranger Rover Sport

2022 GMC Sierra AT4X: More Capable, Still Fancy
sierra-at4x-still

2022 GMC Sierra AT4X: More Capable, Still Fancy

This Dakar Rig From Audi Runs on Electricity and We Drove It
audi-rs-q-etron-still

This Dakar Rig From Audi Runs on Electricity and We Drove It

2023 Kia Sportage: Hit the Dirt
kia-sportage-still-v1

2023 Kia Sportage: Hit the Dirt

Most Popular All most popular

See the Navy Unveil New Video of UFOs/UAPs
uap-pic

See the Navy Unveil New Video of UFOs/UAPs

How to cut the cord: 7 questions you need to answer
7-allfinished.png

How to cut the cord: 7 questions you need to answer

The iPhone 14 Report
iphone14rumor-cnet

The iPhone 14 Report

Elon Musk vs. Twitter Bots: How Big Is the Problem?
bots-spam-004

Elon Musk vs. Twitter Bots: How Big Is the Problem?

How an EV Works
how-evs-work-00-04-48-14-still089

How an EV Works

How to Switch Banks Without Making a Mess
gettyimages-1327247780

How to Switch Banks Without Making a Mess

Latest RoadShow News All latest news

How Will We Deal With a Mountain of Old EV Batteries?
ev-battery-recycling-00-06-10-03-still099

How Will We Deal With a Mountain of Old EV Batteries?

2023 Nissan Z First Drive: A Hotter Performer With Newfound Tech Smarts
nissan-z-2023-first-drive-holdingstill-cms

2023 Nissan Z First Drive: A Hotter Performer With Newfound Tech Smarts

Driving Porsche's Top-Secret Prototype Electric Race Car!
gt4-e-perf-still

Driving Porsche's Top-Secret Prototype Electric Race Car!

How an EV Works
how-evs-work-00-04-48-14-still089

How an EV Works

Our First Look at the All-New 2023 Ranger Rover Sport
land-rover-range-rover-sport-fl-still-v1

Our First Look at the All-New 2023 Ranger Rover Sport

2022 GMC Sierra AT4X: More Capable, Still Fancy
sierra-at4x-still

2022 GMC Sierra AT4X: More Capable, Still Fancy