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2018 Nissan Leaf rated with 151 mile range

2018 Nissan Leaf rated with 151 mile range

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My coverage of the new Nissan Leaf a couple of weeks ago mentioned that it was in the process of being rated by the US EPA. That rating is now in and the range has been officially rated at 151 miles. It also rated the 2018 Nissan Leaf at 125MPGe city and 100 MPGe highway, combined 112 MPGe.

Nissan themselves had said they expected to be rated at around the 150 mile mark so this 151 mile range is good news. It slightly exceeds their own estimates and brings the car much further forward in terms of practicality and ease of use. Combine that with those great new looks and we have a future best-seller right here.

Nissan isn’t finished here though. While the 2018 Nissan Leaf gets 151 miles out of its new 40kWh battery pack, the automaker is planning a larger pack so it can go even further.

A larger 64kWh version is in the works and is expected sometime this year. Given the current estimate, that should give the new Leaf a range of around 225-230 miles. This new version, dubbed the Leaf E-Plus will also apparently have a larger electric motor that will deliver the equivalent of 215 hp.

2018 Nissan Leaf
The 2018 Nissan Leaf looks fantastic, especially when parked beside older models. The design has been brought right up to date. It is a much sleeker design with more aero profiles but still looks like a Leaf. Were you to see one on the street without knowing what it was, you would instantly recognize it as a Leaf.

The design also remains within Nissan’s design philosophy. The V grille is still present, as are the angled lights and fluted hood. Panel detailing down each side is still there along with a tidy rear end and modern looking taillights.

Inside, the cabin has also been modernized with a very simple design that works well. The driving position is very centred, the instrument panel clear and configurable and the centre stack has a small touchscreen and all the controls within easy reach. With decent levels of passenger and cargo space, the 2018 Nissan Leaf is the ideal city car.

One huge advantage of the 2018 Nissan Leaf is the price. Competing with other compliance EVs, yet offering the same features and benefits of other flagship EVs, Nissan is competing where it matters. Range, quality and price.
 

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