2018 Nissan Leaf debuts with 150 mile driving range for just 30k

September 6, 2017 by  
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After teasing us for weeks, Nissan has finally unveiled the second-generation 2018 Nissan Leaf. The new Leaf is completely new inside and out, with single-pedal driving, automation, more power, and most importantly, its driving range has been increased to a more usable 150 miles. It’s hard to believe that it’s already been seven years since the first Nissan Leaf arrived in 2010. Now seven years later the Leaf is facing much stiffer competition than it originally did. As a result, the new Leaf has been amped up to tackle the Chevy Bolt and the Tesla Model 3. Related: BMW releases a sportier i3 electric car For starters, Nissan fixed the main concern electric car buyers had with the last generation: its driving range. With a max 107 mile driving range, the current generation Leaf has been overshadowed by the Bolt, Model 3 and even slightly squeezed out by the BMW i3 and 2017 VW e-Golf. With the 2018 Nissan Leaf being able to now travel 150 miles on a single charge, that means the Leaf is now closer to the top of the segment, only to be out done by Tesla and the Chevy Bolt . Under the hood, there’s also a new electric powertrain that now generates 147 horsepower and 236 lb-ft. of torque. If you want a more powerful Nissan Leaf with a longer driving range, Nissan has confirmed that another more expensive version of the Leaf is coming for 2019. Besides the new electric powertrain, the 2018 Leaf also features new driving technologies. The ProPILOT Assist driver assistance technology allows for semi-autonomous driving on single-lane highways. The 2018 Leaf also comes with Nissan’s new e-Pedal technology, that perfects one-pedal driving. It lets drivers start, accelerate, decelerate and stop by using only the accelerator. Inside the 2018 Leaf’s seats are covered in seats with vibrant blue stitching and a new 7-inch touchscreen sits in the center console. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have also been added. The 2018 Nissan Leaf is scheduled to arrive in the U.S. and Europe in early 2018. Pricing for the 2018 Leaf in the U.S. will start at $29,990. Images @Nissan + Nissan

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Green vehicles designed especially for eco nerds

September 10, 2011 by  
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Dattatreya Mandal: Electric vehicles Electric vehicles designed especially for car sharing programs Beyond the capacity of Euro 5 regulations concerning internal combustion engines, and even bettering the criteria posed by hybrid cars – there is a fundamentally green force in our automotive sector that holds the sustainable key to the future. We are talking about the cars endowed with zero tail pipe emissions; our very own electric vehicles. They have the potentiality to transform not only the inner working strategies of the automotive industry, but also to reach out to a wider customer base. Here is a list of ten such eco friendly rides that have been designed to tickle the senses of all eco nerds. 1. Cadillac ELR – New GM Electric Car Cadillac ELR Cadillac ELR – New GM Electric Car Following in the footstep of its bantam cousin Chevrolet Volt, General Motors have now unveiled the Cadillac ELR. It will adopt the similar electrical setup of Volt, albeit with a more powerful engine to complement the power driving. The electric drive-train can extend the range of the car to around 40 miles (64 km). Moreover, the in-built petrol engine mechanism will dually act as an electric generator. 2. Ford Focus Electric Ford Focus Electric MyFord Touch mount system designed specifically for electric cars Making its presence felt at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, this five door hatchback will be powered by a 100 kW electric motor connected to a 23kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The setup is touted to produce 130-hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. Being Ford’s very first all-electric vehicle, the performance specs have surely not been sacrificed in favor of the curvaceous look. It has a substantial range of around 100 miles (160 km) on a single charge, with a top speed of 84 mph (135 km/h). 3. Mercedes-Benz Smart Fortwo ED Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz Smart Fortwo ED Of course, we always associate the Mercedes with their classy yet sturdy drives. But the Smart owned by Daimler provides us a glimpse into the renowned German automaker’s green credentials. The third generation of Smart Fortwo ED (electric drive) will have a more powerful 55 kW (73 hp) electric motor, which can push the top speed of the vehicle to 120 km/h with a range extension to 140 km. The acceleration according to test results shows 0 to 60 km/h in 5 seconds, while the 0 to100 km/h romp takes less than 13 seconds. 4. Honda Fit EV Honda Fit EV Lithium-ion battery pack Unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show back in 2010, Honda Fit EV certainly promises a lot of performance goodies, expected from Japan’s second largest automaker. The advanced lithium-ion battery pack will allow a range of up to 100 miles (160 km) and a top speed of 90 mph (144 km/hr). Moreover, Honda also plans on launching a more powerful hybrid version of Fit with a 6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack along with a 120-kw electric drive motor. 5. Toyota RAV4 EV Toyota RAV4 EV RAV4?s will use Tesla’s liquid cooled lithium ion battery The 90’s RAV4 EV is all set get a new leash of life, and this time the renowned Toyota is working along with the exalted Tesla to produce this revamped version. Though we are short on details about the specs, but both of the companies estimate this ‘bound to be’ superb vehicle in the streets by 2012. 6. Chevrolet Volt Chevrolet Volt Powered primarily by electric charge As rated by the EPA, the Volt is the most fuel efficient compact car presently available in the United States. This certainly speaks volumes about the vehicular attributes. With a magnificent fuel economy of 93 MPG-e, this 5 door hatchback has a hybrid transmission system with an integrated 1.4 L 4 cylinder range extender. According to official EPA records, the range (on electric mode) comes close to around 56 km (35 miles), while the top speed is marked around 160 km/hr (100mph). 7. Mitsubishi iMiEV Mitsubishi iMiEV The i MiEV is a zero-emissions vehicle Once again we come across a 5 door hatchback, but this time it is an all-electric vehicle from Mitsubishi. Coming with a 47 kW (63 hp) permanent-magnet motor, the power-train also incorporates a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. EPA ratings have showed that the iMiEV has 99 MPG-e (which is actually more than Nissan Leaf) fuel economy stats, while its top speed hovers around 130 km/hr (80 mph) with a range of 100 km (62 miles). 8. Nissan Leaf Nissan Leaf All-electric car The 2011 World Car of the Year is also rated as the most efficient EPA certified vehicle for all fuels ever. With a sturdy 80 kW (110 hp) synchronous electric motor, the high performance Leaf is powered by a 24 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. While it slightly loses out to the iMiEV in fuel economy by having 92 MPG-e, the car more than makes up for it by its sheer range of 117 km (73 miles). Tests shows the top speed being around the mark of 150 km/h (93 mph). 9. AMP ELECTRIC ML350 AMP ELECTRIC ML350 Custom Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries AMP, the world renowned EV conversion company has tasted some success with their vehicular line of fully converted electric Mercedes-Benz ML 350 SUVs. The five passenger capacity crossover car comes with a fully customized lithium-ion battery pack that ‘fuels’ an extended range of 100 miles (160 km) on a single charge. The top speed comes around 100 mph (160 km/hr), with a good acceleration of 0-100 km in less than 10 seconds. 10. Fisker Karma Fisker Karma Filled with natural and recyclable materials A name in allusion to Eastern philosophy along with a styling to die for; this is the Fisker Karma hybrid vehicles that hinges on its blistering performance rather than eco credentials. The hybrid power-train incorporates 20 kW/h lithium ion battery with Nanophosphate battery technology, integrated with a General Motors-developed Ecotec 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The net hp accumulates to a whopping 403 hp with 981 lb-ft of torque. In electric mode, the vehicle can achieve a top speed of 95 mph (152 km/hr), while the Ecotec engine can push the exhilarating speed over 125 mph (200 km/hr), with acceleration of zero-to-60 miles in just 5.9 seconds. The electric range comes at around 50 miles (80 km) with an estimated fuel economy of 67 MPG-e.

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