Nissan unveils new e-car with self-driving capabilities

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Also in 2018, an additional cost will provide a higher range, higher power performance version of the auto.

The new Leaf is rated for 248 miles in Japan, 235 miles in Europe, but only 150 miles in the U.S., due to different range tests for electric vehicles in different territories. Nissan says it will go on sale in over 60 markets around the world, although details regarding its Australian arrival are yet to be confirmed.

The worry for Nissan, however, is that "range anxiety" will dampen excitement over the new release.

The new Nissan LEAF drives Nissan Intelligent Mobility, which is the core brand strategy for Nissan's future. 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.

Tallying some of the mentioned cars, Model 3 can run up to 220 miles on a single charge, while the Chevrolet's Bolt can run you a good 238 miles. It will also be cheaper, though the world's top-selling electric auto still won't match the driving range of its prime competitors.

The remodeled Leaf also gets a 6.6-kilowatt onboard charging system that draws more electricity from a 240-volt charging outlet, allowing the Leaf to go from empty to fully charged in about 7.5 hours, Maragno said.

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Beyond the under bonnet tweaks, Nissan has given the new Leaf a solid makeover in the looks department; the new model spots much sharper lines than its predecessor and opts for a more angular aesthetic over the more rounded design of the older auto. The Bolt, by comparison, starts at $36,620 while the Model 3 starts at $35,000. However, the current Leaf comes in several different trim levels, so you can expect the new Leaf to cost anything from £22,000 to £30,000 depending on the model you want. It's paired with more tech in the way of a ProPilot Park self-parking system and an e-Pedal, which allows the driver to accelerate, decelerate and stop using the accelerator.

The Leaf will also feature ProPILOT autonomous driving technology. Nissan sold almost 283,000 cars and, in the USA, it sold over 112,000. Energy is stored in a 40 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. While a "hands-on" system, it shows Nissan's drive to develop future autonomous drive technologies.

The latest generation Leaf, which costs Yen 3.15 million (Rs 18.61 lakh or United States dollars 29,000) has a 40kWh battery with a cruising range of 400kms, more than three times the current range offered by the Mahindra e2o, one of the two fully electric cars on sale in India.

The new Leaf features Nissan's ProPilot technology that makes driving easier and less stressful.

Nissan also promises improved acceleration and driving performance thanks, in part, to the car's wider stance, lower center of gravity and 147 horsepower. Nissan says this capability "significantly reduces stress when driving on the highway in flowing and heavy traffic" conditions.

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