With the official announcement from Nissan, we see they are keen to keep the lead in the EV space. This upgrade did take a few years (it’s been 8 years since the first LEAFs went on sale), but since the EV market as a whole has been slow to progress, the upcoming 2018 Nissan LEAF will still be at the top of the pack!
The 2nd generation LEAF will be available in a 40 kWH and 60 kWh battery pack options, with EPA ranges of 150 miles and 225 miles approximately (no official ratings yet).
Pricing for the base 40 kWh model starts at $29,990 USD – putting it a full $7500 less than the Chevy Bolt. It’s lower than the LEAF on the market today and has more range, power, and technology – it’s likely to completely discourage current LEAF sales for the next months, which is likely why Nissan waited to long to reveal the updates.
With an improved motor inverter and some software adjustments, the 2018 LEAF has 147 horsepower – 40 more than the 2017 LEAF. Torque is also up to 236 lb-ft, from 187 lb-ft in the current LEAF. Nissan says these improvements will increase the 0-60 mph times to about 8.9 seconds.
The new generation LEAF is 1.4″ longer, 0.8″ wider, 0.4″ taller, and has basically the same cargo space and total weight – but with 40% more range, and increased power.
Japan gets the new 2018 Nissan LEAF electric vehicle in October. The 2018 LEAF arrives in all 50 states, and in Europe in early 2018 (and we assume Canada as well).
Nissan is expecting/hoping to increase sales by 2 or 3 times the current model in the 2018 year.