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Nissan Leaf 2018: One-Pedal-Driving technology makes brake pedals superfluous

Nissan wants to continue its success story with its Nissan Leaf 2 electric car model. So far, around 280,000 Nissan Leaf are on the road around the world. In Germany, with 790 units, the Nissan model came in ninth place among the most registered electric cars in 2017, but that should change with the new 2018 model. Tesla is not the only one innovating, because with the new Leaf the Japanese company is not only introducing a new model, but a new type of driving: one-pedal driving.

The e-pedal in the Nissan Leaf 2018 replaces the gas pedal and combines propulsion and braking in one pedal. What is incomprehensible at first glance has proven to be extremely practical in numerous practical tests. At the push of a button, the accelerator pedal becomes an e-pedal. The driver accelerates as usual. If he takes his foot off the e-pedal, a very strong recuperation sets in, which gradually brakes the car. A sophisticated automatic system adds a supporting mechanical brake until the vehicle comes to a standstill. Of course, the new Leaf model still has a brake pedal for strong braking maneuvers. The new e-pedal should make the conventional brake pedal 90 percent superfluous.

Inside, the 2018 Nissan Leaf is again more conventional than its predecessor. (NISSAN Center Europe GmbH)

Nissan Leaf 2 | Range comparison

The Nissan Leaf 2018 offers a range of 378 kilometers. If the previous model only managed a distance from Karlsruhe to Koblenz, the quiet Nissan Leaf 2018 now hisses from Karlsruhe to Düsseldorf without a pit stop. The Nissan Leaf is transforming itself from a city car into a highway vehicle for commuters and travelers. The built-in range display also deliberately omits a few kilowatt hours towards the end, so that about 30 kilometers can be driven even with an "empty" battery.

Nissan wants to bring a more powerful battery to its range in 2018: that E + Upgrade with a 60 kWh battery that has a range of at least 500 kilometers.

Tax savings with the Nissan Leaf 2018

Anyone who chooses the Nissan Leaf before December 31, 2020 will benefit from the tax exemption for electric vehicles. You don't pay taxes on the electric car for ten years. In the case of the Nissan Leaf, that's a total tax saving of around 500 euros.

Propulsion of the Nissan Leaf 2

Compared to the first model, the output of the Nissan Leaf 2018 has been increased by almost 40 percent to 150 hp, and the torque by around 25 percent to 320 Nm. As before, the top speed is limited to 144 km / h, but the 100 km / h mark is now reached in 7.9 seconds, which is a really good value. Before that, the Leaf took 11.5 seconds to sprint. This makes the Nissan Leaf sportier than ever. The increased torque that the Nissan Leaf delivers at the push of a button is particularly noticeable here.

The Nissan Leaf 2018 is also available in a 2-color paint scheme. (NISSAN Center Europe GmbH)

Nissan Leaf 2018 in the vehicle check

At 4.49 meters, the new Nissan Leaf is slightly longer than its predecessor. But since the wheelbase has not changed, there is probably no more space for the passengers. Actually a shame, because that was already a small minus point of the Nissan Leaf. So tall people will still have to restrict themselves a little. The reason for this is the placement of the battery in the floor of the vehicle. As a result, the rear passenger seats are a little higher and a kind of cardan tunnel - like that of a rear-wheel drive internal combustion engine - restricts the rear legroom somewhat. At 435 liters, the trunk is large enough for everyday use and can be used in a variety of ways thanks to the split-fold bench. What is annoying, however, is the high level that then arises.

Compared to the previous model, the interior is less playful and should appeal to a wider audience. Particular attention was paid to improved noise insulation in the new edition, which makes the new Leaf 2 one of the quietest electric cars on the market. Instead of an unusual two-part display, the Nissan Leaf 2018 has an analog speedometer and a main screen. The center console houses a modern infotainment system that is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The possibility of warming up the Nissan Leaf via the app before getting in is extremely pleasant.

The Nissan Leaf 2018 knows how to impress with numerous intelligent safety systems:

  • Blind spot assistant
  • Cross traffic warning
  • Intelligent lane departure warning
  • Intelligent autonomous emergency brake assistant
  • Intelligent high beam assistant

Thanks to built-in cameras and radar sensors, the Nissan Leaf almost automatically stays in the right lane and keeps its distance from obstacles. The smart technology is also available for parking assistance ProPilot Park for use.

Nissan Leaf 2018 is V2G-capable - it can stabilize the power grid with it (NISSAN Center Europe GmbH)

Nissan Leaf 2018 at a glance | Power, performance, data

The Nissan Leaf starts from 0 to 100 in just 7.9 seconds, overtaking most of the competition on the market. With an output of up to 150 PS, a torque of 320 Nm and a battery capacity of 40 kWh, the Japanese will probably last around 300 km until they have to go to the nearest charging station or home wallbox. The dimensions of the new Nissan Leaf are no longer as compact as its predecessor, but precisely because of the increase in length, the Leaf now looks more grown-up and more coherent in its appearance. But not only has its appearance changed for the better, the rolling behavior has also become much more comfortable and you no longer bump around when the road surface is bad. The electric car is 4.49 m long, 1.79 m wide and 1.54 m high with a wheelbase of 2.70 m. This means that the wheelbase has remained the same and, unfortunately, the space in the interior did not benefit much from the external length . The trunk still holds a good 435 liters. The first new Nissan Leafs will be delivered in January 2018. Since October 2017, however, the electric speedster can be pre-ordered at a price of 31,950 euros. Shortly after the presentation, more than 9,000 Nissan Leaf 2018 were reserved. Which is not surprising, however, since the new Leaf is only 700 euros more expensive than the old basic model and is also better in all areas. The battery capacity alone grew from 27 kWh to 40 kWh.

Profile: Nissan Leaf 2018 electric car

Purchase pricefrom 31,950 euros (basic equipment)
Loading capacity40 kWh
NEDC range378 km
WLTP range (combined)285 km
Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h7.9 s
Top speed144 km / h
Maximum power (PS or kW)150 hp
Maximum torque (Nm)320 Nm
Dimensions L x W x H4,490 cm x 1,790 cm x 1,540 cm
Trunk volume435 L
Empty weight1,535 kg
2.3 kW - "household plug"approx. 17 hours charging time
4.6 kW - type 2 (1-phase, 20 A)approx. 9.5 hours charging time
6.6 kW - type 2 (1-phase, 32 A)Approx. 8.5 hours charging time
50 kW - CHAdeMO 2 (DC)approx. 46 - 60 min


The Nissan Leaf 2018 offers more power and provides lively driving values. (NISSAN Center Europe GmbH)

Nissan Leaf charging: charging station & charging plug

Most Asian e-cars have a type 1 charging plug - which unfortunately does not correspond to the European standard (type 2 charging plug). Until now, a corresponding adapter cable was necessary for charging. A type 2 plug has now been installed in the new Nissan Leaf so that it can be supplied with power at public AC charging stations without an adapter. Due to the high charging capacity of the battery in the Nissan Leaf 2018, it takes about 17 hours to fully charge it from a normal socket.

In comparison: the Kia Soul only needs 12 hours, but also has a shorter range. With a CHAdeMO fast charger, the Nissan Leaf 2018 manages to reach 80 percent in just 46 - 60 minutes if a charging station with 50 kW is available. At home, you can invest in a wallbox, which reduces the charging time by around half. However, only a maximum of 4.6 kW of power can be drawn here, as only one phase is addressed by the type 2 charging plug. The Leaf could take up 6.6 kW over one phase, but this is usually forbidden in private households by the responsible energy supplier due to an unbalanced load in the network.

Suitable wall boxes for the Nissan Leaf electric car

  • ABL Wallbox eMH1 Basic (3.7 kW) for approx. 850 euros
  • KEBA KeContact P20 92.342 Wallbox (4.6 kW) for approx. 600 euros

Charging time of the Nissan Leaf 2?

  • At public AC charging stations: 8.5 hours at 6.6 kW (full charge)
  • At public DC charging stations: 46 - 60 minutes (80 percent charge)
  • Household socket: 17 hours (full charge)
  • Wallbox at home: approx. 8 - 10 hours (full charge)
Nissan Leaf 2018 with a 50 percent larger battery for just 700 euros more than its predecessor. (NISSAN Center Europe GmbH)

Pros & cons of the Nissan Leaf 2018

The Nissan Leaf 2018 has a clear advantage on its side: the e-pedal, which brings optimized driving for after-work commuters. But the e-pedal is also a useful driving setting in many other driving situations, which is often switched on immediately when driving and can fortunately be activated permanently in the menu. In addition, the Nissan Leaf 2 shines with a very good performance and a pleasant driving experience, which is rounded off by the sophisticated safety systems that are already included in the basic equipment. The current base range should have safely exceeded the 400-kilometer mark. In the more practical WLTP test cycle, it is then another 285 km. Thus, the Leaf 2 moves with the direct competitor Renault ZOE Z.E. 40 roughly the same. It is also good that another, larger battery version with a range of 500 kilometers (NEDC) is to follow. Only the interior could be a bit more spacious. However, for a compact electric vehicle like the Nissan Leaf 2018, that's a high-level complaint. The appearance of the materials used in the interior is again very good, as is its workmanship. Special mention should be made of the seats, which are not only comfortable, but also convince with their workmanship and chic design. As one of the few electric vehicles, like its predecessor, the new Leaf 2 also masters V2G (Vehicle-to-Grid) technology, whereby the vehicle's battery can also feed into the power grid to stabilize the grid. This feature could become more important in the future

Model history of the Nissan Leaf 2

Among the still young representatives of the electric car generation, Nissan is one of the first to bring the second generation of models onto the market. At first glance, both inside and out, it becomes clear that this is not just an extensive facelift, but a completely newly developed model.

The 2018 Nissan Leaf is following in big footsteps, because the version built from 2010 to 2017 is the best-selling all-electric car worldwide to date.

Model variants of the Nissan Leaf electric car

At the start of sales in January 2018, the Nissan Leaf will initially only be available in one with a 40 kWh lithium-ion battery. But it has already leaked from various sources and can actually be considered confirmed that a variant with 60 kWh will follow from 2019. The rumor that this model will also increase the output of the electric motor to 220 hp is not certain and can still be described as speculation. That this is not entirely absurd, however, can be determined from the fact that pictures of a Nismo Concept model of the Leafs already exist. Nismo is the in-house sports department that gives the normal models an extra pep.

In terms of equipment, the Leaf 2 can be ordered in two versions with the 40 kWh battery. In addition to the basic version for 31,950 euros, there is also the option of opting for the 34,200 euros expensive "Acenta" version, which however includes extras such as air conditioning via a heat pump, seat heating and steering wheel heating, which otherwise cannot be ordered individually gives. Other options, such as the automatic parking system or the LED light, however, require an extra charge for both versions.

The Nissan Leaf 2018 in the second model generation (NISSAN Center Europe GmbH)

Direct competitors of the Nissan Leaf 2

The Nissan Leaf 2 is at home in the compact class, one of the most competitive vehicle classes of all, also in the pure electric car segment. The model update has done the Leaf good and has improved and strengthened it in many ways. It is now facing the competition again, which will continue to try to overthrow the best-selling electric car from its throne. The Renault ZOE has been a long-term competitor. The Z.E. 40 this has a similar range, but the Hyundai IONIQ Elektro or the Kia Soul EV are serious opponents. But when it comes to performance, everyone loses out, including the more expensive e-Golf from Volkswagen.

Conclusion: Nissan Leaf 2018 - best-selling electric car in the world

The Nissan Leaf is one of the most popular electric cars in the world and is likely to stay that way thanks to the new features and pimped up looks. When there is already a large following, it is always difficult not to disappoint. However, when developing the bestseller, Nissan dared to bring something really new. After the first few kilometers, you may not want to do without one-pedal driving. It would not be surprising if the e-pedal were to appear in some form in some other electric car in the future. With its 2018 model, Nissan shows that the topic of electric mobility is taken seriously in the Far East. It will be interesting to see what will come here.

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