In 2011, Nissan released their Nissan Leaf. At the time, the Nissan Leaf was the first mass-market, pure, electric vehicle. Its only competition in the electric vehicle market was the Chevrolet Volt, and the Volt still ran partially on gasoline. The Nissan Leaf is still currently the leader in worldwide electric vehicle sales since its 2010 debut, with over 280,000 sold, but that share looks to be dwindling. Now, in 2017, the Nissan Leaf has plenty of competitors in the electric vehicle market, and Nissan is looking to get back to the forefront of it. While Tesla hogs all the electric vehicle buzz, the 2018 Nissan Leak comes close to their technology at a fraction of the cost. The 2018 Nissan Leaf comes with new technology and a new style. Along with the new technology is a brand new battery; the battery for one charge will last consumers 150 miles. In 2019 Nissan will be releasing a new performance-oriented model which will travel 220 miles per charge.
For 2018, the Nissan Leaf‘s style has been lowered, sculpted, and sharpened. The exterior no longer looks bulbous. The interior space in the 2018 Nissan Leaf now comfortably sits 4 grown adults. The rear seat of the electric vehicle now provides great headroom and a comfortable cushion.
The two newest features to the 2018 Nissan Leaf are the ProPilot Assist and the ePedal. The ProPilot Assist is Nissan's semi-autonomous driving feature, which is an intelligent cruise-control system. As a level 2 self-driving system, the driving experience with the ProPilot Assist isn’t a total hands-off the wheel experience. Utilizing the ProPilot Assist is like using an advanced cruise control; it’s a tool meant to take the stress out of highway driving, in helping handle braking in stop-and-go traffic. The ProPilot Assist is powered by a front-forward radar, camera, and sensors. This system relies on lane markings to keep the car center on a highway.
Multiple reviews have considered the 2018 Nissan Leaf’s ePedal as the standout feature for the new Leaf. The ePedal allows the 2018 Nissan Leaf to be driven by just one pedal for both accelerating and braking. This ePedal drives the car forward when depressed and brakes when pressure is released. With ePedal activated, you accelerate as you would in a conventional vehicle. When the Leaf slows down, lifting off the accelerator activates engine braking and the car's real, friction brakes. ePedal provides a learning curve for new drivers, once learned, drivers will realize how much easier and efficient it can be.
While the Nissan Leaf has lost market share and popularity due to competitors, the 2018 Nissan Leaf is sure to put Nissan back to the forefront of the electric vehicle market once again. While not as sexy as some competitors, the new Nissan Leaf is a great and practical electric vehicle, and is great for those getting their first electric car.