The 2017 Nissan Leaf is a Electric car of a new era – the epoch without harmful emissions of CO2 in the atmosphere. The model displays the company vision as for the future cars, being the result of decades of development and investment.
Currently, the manufacturer is preparing the following third generation of the electric vehicle to enter the market. It will be available to purchase in 2017. What characterizes the novelty is that the top modifications will have an increased top power reserve for about 400 kilometers.
The Nissan Leaf main features:
- No emission of harmful substances into the atmosphere;
- The excellent price / quality ratio;
- The distinctive exterior;
- The real 200 km battery reserve;
- The advanced Intelligent Transportation System (ITS).
It is considered that the electric car name “Leaf” is associated with the foliage of trees as it purifies the air, so the Leaf version makes the driving process more perfect, which doesn’t throw away the harmful CO2 into the atmosphere.
The Novelty Exterior and Interior
As for the exterior design, there won’t be any changes, except for that one version (now there will be three of them) in which the stylish 17 inch wheels set have appeared. In addition, the exterior colors have been added and now there are seven of them. The main innovations in the interior are: the dominant dark shades which have replaced the light ones, and the installation of the leather seats offered by the company.
Speaking about the Leaf interior, it should be clarified that the Nissan manufacturers moved the battery charger to the front, whereby the luggage capacity increased to 375 liters. By the way, the charge port flap can be opened manually or by using the key fob.
In addition, the electric vehicle has been equipped with a heat pump, which serves as a heater; the heated seats and the steering wheel, as well as with a thermal ceiling screen. Moreover, the surprising effect from all these innovations is that they lead to the power consumption reduction.
The list of the other equipment solutions of the electric car includes:
- The Electronic Assistant while driving on the rise;
- The navigation system with a route guidance function performing the shortest route search for the nearest battery charging points.
The top modifications are additionally equipped with:
- The LED lighting with an automatic adjustment (for which in other versions the additional payment is required);
- The seven-speaker Bose energy efficient audio;
- The 360 degree rotating monitor;
- The Plasma Generator that eliminates odors and kills germs.
The 2017 Nissan Leaf Technical Specs
The most important novelty of the new-generation electric vehicle is considered to be an electric motor, which contains a lower percentage of dysprosium, having a positive impact on the process of production as well as recycling.
The Nissan manufacturers have joined the upgraded DC/DC converter and inverter in the engine. In this way, the combined unit has minimized 15% of weight and saves 35% of space under the hood.
The Nissan engineers have also used lightweight parts and battery modules, making the Leaf easier in 80 kg comparing to its predecessor, and in such a way the Nissan can travel up to 200 km (the European version) and up to 230 km (the Japanese one) per full charge.
By the way, the electric car, in contrast to the models with the internal combustion engine, is not equipped with an exhaust pipe and thus it once again emphasizes that the electric car does not emit harmful trace elements. A combination of Nissan Leaf’s regenerative braking system and innovative lithium-ion battery packs enables the car to deliver a driving range of more than 185 km on one full charge.
It should be noted that the owner can select the appropriate mode for driving. For example, the 100-perfect Long Distance Mode provides with the optimization settings for the greater distance, and the 80-perfect Long Life Mode reduces the distance, but at the same time, extends the life of the battery.
Making conclusions, it should be also informed that the company offers a special battery-charging technology, making the process much more convenient and easier. Thus, the electric vehicle batteries due to the quick charge system can be charged up to 80 percent capacity in just half an hour.
In addition, the batteries can be recharged from the 220 volt stationary outlet and that will take up to 8 hours, which is just enough for the owner as well as the electric vehicle to relax.