Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. unveiled the second generation of the Leaf the 100% electric vehicle in Japan.
Development of the Nissan Leaf
The second generation of Nissan Leaf is based on a completely new design, it also comes with numerous features, which are a first for the company to introduce in their Leaf electric car.
The first generation of Nissan Leaf was an average looking electric car without any special styling details. It was much of a boring theme for the younger audience, but still the company managed to sold over 250.000 units of the Leaf model makes the most selling electric car in the world for the 2016.
Design of the Nissan Leaf
The design of the second generation Nissan Leaf has a major upgrade from the previous model , give the Leaf all new fresh look and different perspective for modern electric vehicles.
The horizontal character line, the bumper and the striking highlights in the lower part of the body makes lower center of gravity, giving the driver an instinctive feeling that it’s agile and fun to drive. The signature V-Motion grille, the light signature and the floating roof is similar to other Nissan models such as the popular X-Trail and the new generation Nissan Micra.
The rear side of the car has a unique look that is easily recognizable from a distance, the sporty LED backlight, the spoiler and the floating roof, creating a sleek silhouette that makes air flow.
On the inside the new Nissan Leaf dashboard design and the driver information display has light configuration without excessive decoration and focuses more on visibility.
The blue, illuminated power switch and shift knob finisher create a high-tech feeling, like the seats, door trim, armrest and all new steering wheel with new functions, gives the driver a more comfortable drive.
On the right side of the dashboard, there’s a 7-inch, color display that shows a power gauge meter as the standard setting. The center display has a screen with a flush-surface design allowing the driver to easily operate audio and navigation systems and connects to a smart phone, the display shows the Safety Shield technology.
Nissan Leaf Technology and Features
Using Nissan Connect App, the driver can search for updated information such as location and operating hours of free charging stations and charging station availability, and using the smart phone app can check their car’s battery status.
The new Nissan Leaf gets the new uppgrade of the Apple CarPlay and is equipped with the navigation system.As well the audio functions can be modified with a steering switch, without the driver taking their hands off the steering wheel.
Energy-efficient air-conditioning and heating systems provide comfort inside the cabin. This too, can be controlled using the Nissan Connect App.
The Japanese manufacturer is on the way to set a new standards in the growing market for mainstream electric cars. For the second gen of Nissan Leaf the company is offering a host of new features that will make owning an electric car more convenient and eco-friendly.
The new, zero-emission Nissan Leaf represents Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company’s approach to changing the way cars are powered and integrated into society.
Safety and Specifications of the Nissan Leaf
There are three key aspects in the Nissan Leaf newest technology, Nissan Intelligent Driving, Intelligent Power and Intelligent Integration. The most popular presented is the Nissan Intelligent Driving technology which has 3 sub categories of ProPilot, ProPilot Park and E-Pedal technology.
The ProPilot feature is a single-lane autonomous driving technology. Once activated, it can automatically control the distance to the vehicle in front, using a speed preset by the driver. It can help the driver steer and keep the vehicle centered in its road lane.
If the car in front stops, the ProPilot system will automatically apply the brakes to bring the vehicle to a full stop . After coming to a full stop, the vehicle remain in its place even if the driver’s foot is off the brake. How traffic change, the car will resume driving when the driver touches the switch again.
Nissan guarantees that all these functions can significantly reduce stress when driving on the highway in both heavy and flowing traffic.
The ProPilot Park technology is a fully adjective system that helps drivers park by automatically controlling acceleration, brakes, shift changing and parking brakes to guide the car into a parking spot.
By combining four high-resolution cameras and information from 12 ultrasonic sensors around the car, the ProPilot Park guides the car into a space safely and accuracy. The steering, braking and throttle inputs for various parking maneuvers are automated.
The system can automatically identify a parking space around the car so that the driver doesn’t need to set a target parking position.
Lithium Battery and Driving Range of the new generation Nissan Leaf
The E-Pedal comes as standard equipment, it allows the driver to start, accelerate, decelerate, stop and hold the car by using the accelerator pedal by default. By simply releasing the accelerator, the car will come to a smooth and complete stop and hold without the need to press the brake pedal.
The E-Pedal eliminates the need for drivers to constantly move their foot from the accelerator to the brake pedal to slow down or stop.
The cell structure of the new second generation Nissan Leaf lithium-ion battery cells has been improved, representing an improved 67 % increase in energy density from the 2010 model.
Another key engineering improvement for the lithium-ion battery pack is enhanced electrode materials with revised chemistry, resulting in higher power density while contributing to greater battery durability upon charge and discharge.
Nissan’s Intelligent Power in the new Leaf is the e-powertrain, which offers improved energy efficiency and increased torque and power output. The new e-powertrain delivers a power output of 110 kW that is almost 40 % more than the previous-generation Nissan Leaf. Torque has been increased 26 % to 320 Nm, resulting in improved acceleration, while the car’s new lithium-ion battery pack delivers an estimated range of 400 km.