The New Nissan Leaf is no longer… new. It is now “current”. It goes on sale today, January 1st, in all 50 states here in America and I predict it will be a success. Nissan already announced that it has received over 10,000 reservations in Europe alone where deliveries will start in February. In the US, the car is now in production at the Nissan’s Tennessee factory which used to produce the first generation of the Leaf as well.
It’s no secret I believe the very first Leaf, though a brave pioneer, was an embarrassment to the electric cars young movement. Many, including myself, believe it is one of the ugliest cars ever made and its range was not only impractical but ever decreasing due to the battery degradation over time. Nevertheless, the car has sold over 110,000 units worldwide since its debut in 2011 and has created somewhat of a following.
The New Nissan Leaf not only looks like a regular Nissan but it now has a range of 150 miles with a promise that Nissan will come up with a 200+ mile option for the next year. It also has some driver assist features as well. The biggest disappointment, however, is the fact that it still has no active thermal management system, which means that the battery degradation problems will most likely continue to hunt Nissan Leaf owners. I hope that will be changed soon.
Overall, I believe the New Nissan Leaf will be one of the biggest players on the electric car market as it starts at only $30,000 in the US and can be as cheap as $20,000 after all of the discounts, incentives and credits.