Nissan Motor Co. announced this week that their Leaf electric car would cost less for the next model year. In addition, the EV will feature a new function that informs drivers about the remaining range. Nissan responded to owner surveys, which pointed out that Leaf drivers wanted to know about remaining mileage, and wanted a lower price. More than that, Nissan has increased the car’s range to 142 miles from the previous 124 miles.
Spend six minutes getting to know the Nissan Leaf in the video clip that follows. No advertisement, this is an honest, hard-hitting review of the all-electric vehicle. As the reviewer notes, the Leaf might not win any beauty contests, but it perhaps ranks as the most practical EV in the market. Some drivers find the odd front end and bug-eyed headlights charming. A few purists might disagree. The important thing is that the Leaf was built from the ground up, so to speak. In other words, it was not based on any previous model. The reviewer, as you will notice, thinks rather highly of the fact that the Leaf is a well-rounded package of a car, with sensible design and ample cargo space. Surveys have shown that people who drive a Leaf electric car for the very first time are almost universally shocked at how solid and stable it feels. So much for the myth of tiny boxes with tiny batteries!
Nissan achieved the 18-mile range increase by making the car lighter and simplifying the battery packs. In Japan, the starting price for the base model went from $37,000 to $31,000. So far, these upgrades and price alterations are confined to the Japanese market, but a company spokesperson noted that the new features and prices would soon be exported.
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