According to a recent report, the 2018 Nissan Leaf is already a success in Europe and Japan.
While it’s difficult to get definitive sales figures for international markets, InsideEVs reports Nissan has received over 19,000 orders for the new Leaf in Japan alone. And while that pales in comparison to the Tesla Model 3’s reported pre-order figure of over 400,000, the 2018 Nissan Leaf orders are a different story. That’s because, in Japan, all the paperwork is already set when an “order” is placed; all Nissan has to do is deliver the vehicle. In other words, it’s not the same as putting down a $1,000 refundable deposit, which is the case with the Tesla Model 3.
Sales of the new Leaf EV are off to an excellent start, according to Nissan. At the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan Senior Vice President Asako Hoshino told reporters that sales have exceeded expectations, and that it has received over 9,000 orders in less than two months of availability.
Europe has made up 3,500 of those global sales, according to a report from Automotive News Europe. According to Nissan Europe EV Director Gareth Dunsmore, it took the first-generation Nissan Leaf a year to achieve that same number. The new Nissan Leaf began sales in Norway in early September, followed by Germany, Austria, France and Holland at the beginning of October. EV-friendly Norway has seen more than 2,000 sales of the 2018 Leaf so far.
Hitachi Automotive Systems Ltd announced Sept 27, 2017, that Nissan Motor Co Ltd has employed its ECU (electronic control unit) designed for ADASes (advanced driver assistance systems) for the new "Leaf" electric vehicle (EV).
Hitachi Automotive Systems is responsible for the automotive business of Hitachi Ltd. The new Leaf will be released Oct 2, 2017.
The drive range of the new Leaf electric vehicle (EV) is 400km (approx 249 miles) per change (under the JC08 test mode), which is about 40% longer than that of the previous model of the Leaf.
Nissan Motor Co Ltd announced the new Leaf Sept 6, 2017. The drive range was increased by improving the energy density of the battery pack. While the size of the new model's battery pack is equivalent to that of the previous model's battery pack, the battery capacity was increased from 30kWh to 40kWh.
Before Nissan’s all-electric SUV premieres at October’s Tokyo Motor Show, Behance designer Kbleber Silva has rendered the vehicle.
No one outside of Nissan has any idea of what the SUV will look like but we do know it will share its underpinnings and battery technologies with the latest-generation Nissan Leaf. Consequently, it seems likely that it will receive some styling inspiration from the Leaf.
At Nissan's "Nissan Futures" event, the company revealed a quick photo of the Leaf Nismo Concept that would be shown at the Tokyo Motor Show. Now the company has finally released official photos of the sporty Leaf, along with some details about what has changed. It sounds fairly promising.
Obviously the bodywork has been tweaked. We're pleased to say that our renderings weren't too far off. The main differences were red accents instead of blue, a big black stripe on the hood, and actually more conservative bodywork. That's somewhat understandable since Nissan probably wouldn't want to alter aerodynamics – and in turn the range – any more than necessary. According to Nissan, the new bodywork does help fight lift. It also looks suitably sporty and aggressive without being over-the-top.
The maximum torque and maximum output of the new "Leaf" electric vehicle (EV) are 320N·m and 110kW, respectively, which are higher than those of the previous model of the Leaf (280N·m and 80kW).
However, according to Nissan Motor Co Ltd, which announced the new Leaf Sept 6, 2017, the new model uses the same motor as the previous model. The company increased maximum torque by improving the cooling of the inverter's power module and increased maximum output by making changes to the CPU for controlling the motor and the control method.
Nissan launched the new all-electric Leaf in Europe at a special event in Norway, which now enters its second generation with a fresh design and plenty of new technologies, including Nissan’s ProPilot semi-autonomous system.
However, the key spec of the new Leaf is the driving range, with Nissan estimating that it’ll travel 235 miles (378km) on a single charge and according to the NEDC standards, 80 miles more than the outgoing 30kWh model. The Li-ion battery pack is also new and measures 40kWh in capacity.
A few weeks ago we brought you renderings of a Nismo performance version of the second-generation Nissan Leaf, complete with a lowered suspension, larger wheels, wider body and blue accents along the undercarriage. That's our rendering, above. It now appears that car will become reality as shown here:
And now a better picture of the new Nissan Leaf Nismo concept... pic.twitter.com/EIX2jaYEap — Steve Fowler (@SteveFowler) October 2, 2017
Taken into its second generation just last week, the all-new 2018 Nissan Leaf is trying out a virtual Nismo suit, and it's not only for kicks.
A previous report said that such a version of the electric compact hatch could be on the table, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it's coming though, as an official decision has yet to be taken.
Nissan is looking to expand its presence in the zero-emission segment by starting full production of the new Leaf in the United States and United Kingdom.
The electric vehicle will hit the assembly lines at Smyrna, Tennessee, and Sunderland, by the end of 2017, thus joining the brand's Oppama Plant in Japan.