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This is the new Nissan Leaf

150 miles of range, no brake pedal needed

After months of leaks, speculation, and teases, the 2018 Nissan Leaf has been officially revealed. It’s a complete redesign its maker hopes will bring the pioneering, yet outdated model, up to speed with newer competitors like the Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3.

Nissan claims the new Leaf’s 40 kWh battery will provide 150 miles of range under EPA testing and 400km (248.5 miles) under the Japanese JC08 cycle. That’s a significant improvement over the 107-mile range eked out by the previous model’s 30 kWh battery, but doesn’t match the Bolt and Model 3’s respective EPA ratings of 238 and 220 miles. Nissan plans to offer a more powerful version with longer range next year.
The new Leaf can be driven with a single pedal, which Nissan is calling the e-Pedal and describes as “revolutionary.” The e-Pedal handles starting, accelerating, decelerating, and stopping; releasing the pedal applies friction and regenerative brakes that can bring the car to a total stop even on steep inclines.
The new Leaf is also the first car to adopt Nissan’s new ProPilot autonomous driving technology for single-lane highway driving, along with ProPilot Park which handles parking maneuvers.

Nissan also stays conservative inside, too, with a dash that wouldn’t look too out of place in one of its gasoline-powered models, apart from the blue lighting motif the company uses in its EVs. The dash is built around a 7-inch touchscreen with a redesigned layout and support for Apple CarPlay, but fans of large, portrait-style screens will be disappointed.

Leaf pricing in the US starts at $29,990 before incentives, which makes it cheaper than either the Bolt or the Model 3, and the car is set to go on sale nationwide early next year. We're on the ground at Nissan’s launch events in Tokyo and Las Vegas and will be bringing you more coverage very soon.

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