The market for long-range electric sedans continues to grow, as Nissan last night introduced its new Leaf EV.
The upgraded Leaf offers electric vehicle customers another choice — along with the Tesla Model 3 and Chevy Bolt — in the market for long-range, battery-powered cars.
The Leaf gets 150 miles on a single charge to its 40 kilowatt hour battery pack. It can drive and brake on one pedal, and delivers the powerful, quick-start torque of an EV. The new Leaf also has a suite of driver-assist features, including lane assist and emergency braking.
A standard charge can deliver 22 miles of range in an hour, while fast-charging capacities can add 88 miles in a half-hour. It links to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The base model Leaf checks in with a sticker price of $29,990 before incentives. Higher-end models start at around $36,000 and include high-end audio and additional safety features.
Nissan is taking reservations and expects to deliver the car early next year. The new Leaf is scheduled to be on display Saturday, Sept. 16 at the National Drive Electric Week event at De Anza Community College in Cupertino.
The updated Leaf joins the growing ranks of electric vehicles with extended ranges, made possible by dropping battery prices.
Tesla delivered 30 Model 3s to hand-picked customers in July. The base version has an advertised range of 210 miles and starts at $35,000 before incentives. Tesla received about 450,000 reservations for the electric vehicle, and is boosting production at its Fremont factory to meet demand.
The Chevy Bolt, introduced in late 2016, has a 230-mile range and a starting price around $36,000. GM has sold about 11,700 of the zero-emission vehicles this year.
Nissan introduced the Leaf to the U.S. in 2010. Early versions got about 70 miles on a single charge and appealed to commuters wanting a thrifty, green car.
The Leaf is the best-selling EV in history, topping more than 250,000 owners.
Despite the expanding options for EV customers, the zero-emission vehicles remain a sliver of the overall car market. Only about 1 percent of all U.S. car sales are battery-powered vehicles.
Photo: Nissan revealed its 2018 Nissan Leaf at a media event in Las Vegas Sept. 5, 2017. The next generation of the all-electric Leaf goes on sale at Nissan dealers in all 50 states in early 2018. (Courtesy of Nissan)
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