Nissan debuted its newest electric vehicle, the Nissan LEAF e+, last week at CES 2019. This new model offers more power thanks to a 62-kilowatt hour battery pack, and an increased range of approximately 50 percent (with an EPA-estimated range of up to 226 miles). The additional range is just one of many new advancements that the LEAF e+ has to offer consumers, furthering its appeal as the world’s best-selling electric car.
This model exemplifies a step forward in three key areas for Nissan with their Intelligent Mobility Vision: Intelligent Power, Intelligent Driving and Intelligent Integration.
With Intelligent Power, the LEAF e+ features a new version of the vehicle’s impressive electric powertrain, which increases the range of the car from 150 to 226 miles. In fact, this increase in range is more than triple the range of the original LEAF’s. This is possible because of the high capacity battery paired with the 160-kW motor. This combination also means you can expect better acceleration, 13 percent quicker acceleration to be precise (in comparison to the current LEAF model).
Another exciting new feature with Nissan’s Intelligent Driving is ProPILOT Assist, which is an in-lane, semi-autonomous driving technology that will automatically adjust the distance of the LEAF e+ to the vehicle in front of it. This can also help the driver stay more centered in their lane, and if the car in front stops, the ProPILOT Assist will automatically apply the vehicle’s breaks, causing the electric vehicle to come to a full stop if needed. Functionality like this can help reduce stress and anxiety that drivers feel while tackling dense traffic at high speeds.
In addition to the ProPILOT Assist, the LEAF e+ also offers advanced safety technologies, which include Intelligent Lane Intervention, lane-departure warning, Intelligent Emergency breaking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and Intelligent Around View Monitor with moving object detection.
Visually, the LEAF e+ carries over most of the current model’s design elements with both the exterior and interior, but there are a few subtle design changes to notice with the new model, including a revised front fascia that sports blue highlights and a logo plate featuring the "e+" branding on the underside of the charge port lid.
Inside the vehicle, you’ll find bright blue stitching on everything from the seats and door trim to the steering wheel, which amplifies the high-tech feeling that’s delivered by the updated interface, which sports a larger, full-color 8-in display. All of these elements combined with upscale materials throughout the cabin, give the LEAF e+ a feeling of luxury.
At a special vehicle reveal for media at CES 2019, Denis Le Vot, Senior Vice President and Chairman of the Management Committee for Nissan North America, spoke about Nissan’s goals moving forward.
"We are working towards zero emission, zero fatality. This is the mission of Nissan," Le Vot commented. "Everything we do goes towards this."
It’s been nine years since Nissan launched the first LEAF, and since then, more than 365,000 models have been sold around the world — making it the best-selling electric car. It’s a continuing story for Nissan, and they’re not stopping with those accolades. Between now and 2020, it will be launching eight different models globally that will be electrified or fully electric.
"Nissan Intelligent Mobility is at the core of everything we do and the new Nissan LEAF e+ takes this vision even further," Le Vot added. "EV’s will play a significant part in our product lineup as we move forward and will lead the way to providing an efficient and sustainable future for the world."
The psychological barrier is still one of the biggest challenges that consumers have when looking at the Nissan LEAF. Le Vot expanded on this, noting that people still ask if it’s a real car, noting the electric motor and not entirely being sure what to think. Another concern is range anxiety, which refers to a feeling drivers behind the wheel of an electric vehicle can have, knowing that they have a limited range between charges. The new LEAF e+, though, helps to address that concern with the additional range it offers.
Sales of the LEAF e+ are expected to begin in the spring, and pricing for the U.S. will be released closer to the car’s release date.