Nissan Launches a New Powertrain Option

As automakers start rolling out near to 20 new electric vehicles in 2019, Nissan will launch a latest powertrain option, the Leaf EV that will develop its range by 40 percent.

The Leaf e+ comes with a 62-kilowatt-hour battery pack and will get an EPA-expected range of 226 miles, around 40 percent in excess of present Leaf cars. The powertrain option will be sold in the U.S. and Canada under the Leaf Plus series. With each trim level getting its own designation of S Plus, SV Plus and SL Plus. Pricing was not publicized, but the car is expected to reach U.S. traders in the spring.

“Customers now have a selection of powertrains and models to best suit their driving needs,” Denis Le Vot, senior vice president and chairman, Nissan North America, said in a statement.

In spite of sinking gas prices, U.S. sales of EVs are developing. In 2018, battery-electric vehicle sales increased 199 percent, according to the Automotive News Data Center, even though not every battery-electric sold is included in that tally. The surge was based in big part off the popularity of the Tesla Model 3, with an expected 138,000 U.S. sales for the year.

Leaf sales were up 31 percent for 2018, hitting 14,715. The Leaf was restyled for the 2018 model year and has a range of around 150 miles.

The Leaf e+ powertrain comes with assurances of more rapid charging. Nissan said that with its new 70-kilowatt Quick Charging system, owners have to anticipate to charge their vehicles in the same quantity of time as recent Leaf owners, regardless of having a 55 percent bigger battery storage capacity.

The high-capacity battery combined with a 160-kW motor in the Leaf e+ must result in faster acceleration at high speeds, Nissan says. Accelerating from 50 to 75 mph will be 13 percent quicker, enabling Leaf e+ car user to feel more confident when passing autos on the public road.

The battery is nearly the same size as that of the original Leaf, Nissan says. Except a 5 mm upsurge in height, the vehicle’s dimensions are unchanged.

It will come furnished with progressive technologies including the ProPilot Assist semi-autonomous driving system and e-Pedal mode for one-pedal driving.

“Nissan Intelligent Mobility is at the core of everything we do and the new Nissan LEAF e+ takes this vision even further,” Le Vot said. “EVs 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.”

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