Nissan LEAF 2018: smart, powerful and future-oriented
It was no coincidence that Nissan will introduce the 2018 version of the LEAF, the EV flagship of the Japanese car manufacturer, to Oslo. More than 30% of all cars sold in the Scandinavian country are electric vehicles. As icing on the cake, they linked an edition of Nissan Futures to it, placing the whole in a broader context of smart cities and the mobility of tomorrow. It is also the perfect opportunity to put the electric ecosystem that Nissan created into the spotlight.
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The Nissan LEAF is the absolute (sales) topper in the EV segment worldwide. With more than three hundred thousand copies sold, he easily leaves all other EVs behind. And then there is now the long-awaited Nissan LEAF 2018 that must surpass the success of the previous LEAF generation. The 2018 Nissan LEAF is a ferocious contender as they dare to ask in Anglo-Saxon countries. With its driving range of some 380 kilometers, it puts the fire on the shins of just about every EV in its price segment. The 2018 Nissan LEAF is the successor of the first generation of LEAF that was produced between 2011 and 2017. What is striking is that the exterior has a solid update and looks quite contemporary. Not futuristic but current. That was really necessary because if there was a comment about the first generation LEAF, it usually concerned the exterior design that seemed to be grafted into Asian standards of aesthetics. Inside, however, the first LEAF was completely good. That balanced atmosphere continues in the interior of the 2018 version of the LEAF.
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Travel back in time
We’re talking about the Nissan LEAF 2018 here, but for our road test we took generation 1 of this iconic EV for a very long spin and put it through its paces during a 3-month test. What did we find out ? Read on and be surprised.
Under the hood of the generation 1 of the Nissan LEAF, or rather under the bottom plate, there is a 30 kW electric engine pack. That yields a range of about 175 km. Consumption is about 16 kWh/km. That gives you a range of about 6,25 km per kWh. In practice this all depends on your driving style, the use of air conditioning, lights, seat heating and so on. And the season, summer or winter makes a difference. Let’s say that with normal driving behavior the average driver will easily top off that range of 175 kilometers. When looking at the dashboard display the range seems to fluctuate but that is because the system of the Nissan LEAF keeps count of your former driving behaviour. If you’re a good boy or girl behind the wheel of the Nissan LEAF and drive fo example on cruiscontrol at a speed of 90/km per hour, you will easily surpass the range of 200 km. That is to say without lights, airco, …
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Drive like an EV driver, not like in a conventional car
Bottom line: seasoned EV riders will be able to get a lot more than the indicated kilometers. Very important: anyone who drives an electric vehicle must also behave like an electric vehicle driver. So no scorching accelerations, for example, and on long distances, not at a constant speed of one hundred and thirty kilometers per hour, just to say something. The fun factor obliges us to say that you have to have a powerful (conventionally driven) car at a traffic light before you have to retreat to defeat with the Nissan LEAF 2018 during the acceleration phase. This feisty EV is also able to produce lot of fun. For our first road test, we didn’t take it into the city for a spin, (that would be to easy) but from Hasselt to Antwerp over the highway. Yes, sir. Curious if we did make it forth and back on one charge ? We’ll let you know very soon in our following chapter of the road test review of the Nissan LEAF Gen 1. Stay tuned.