Nissan is quoting 400km from a single charge (based on standardised Japanese testing), immediately putting it in contention against the weird-looking Tesla Model 3.
"The general industry standard for model cycles is around six-to-seven years, so the launch of the second generation Leaf falls neatly in to this timeframe", commented Ian Fletcher, principal automotive analyst at the IHS Markit consultancy.
The company's challenge is twofold: to persuade a world still largely skeptical about electric vehicles that the technology has advantages, and to persuade electric-vehicle buyers lured by the Tesla buzz to try something else. Active between 30km/h and 100km/h, it'll work right up until traffic comes to a full stop, and will resume once the driver presses the ProPilot button again or taps the accelerator pedal.
Nissan took the wraps off its redesigned Leaf on Tuesday.
"I'm not at all anxious about cross-shopping" the Leaf and Model S, Mr Schillaci said in an interview.
While Nissan was a pioneer in mass-market electric cars, it has recently been overshadowed by US automaker Tesla, which has introduced a range of stylish, high-performance cars. ProPILOT is a hands-on-wheel technology, which can help reduce the hassles of stop-and-go driving by controlling acceleration, braking and steering while driving on a single-lane highway. "It also has the core strengths that will be embodied by future Nissan models".
"If the range goes up and the price remains the same, the new Nissan Leaf will continue to offer one of the least expensive and practical ways to own a pure electric vehicle", Caldwell said.
This new Leaf looks and feels like a larger auto now even though it is only a bit longer, wider and lower and on the same platform as the current one. Nissan's engineers stress that the set-up of our pre-production Leaf is not fully representative of cars that'll reach Britain.
In Japan, it starts at 3.15 million yen ($29,000) with the most expensive version costing 3.99 million yen ($37,000).
Nissan's second pillar of innovation - called Intelligent Power - covers the car's battery pack and electric motor.
In addition, I believe we will see real deployments of autonomy in the near future for applications like fleet driving of large cargo vehicles on interstates and other places where the return on investment is much clearer and the risks are a bit lower.
Motorists can, however, drive with both a separate accelerator and brake pedal if they prefer.
The 2018 Nissan Leaf hatchback has debuted, and we can now see every facet of the second generation of the world's best-selling electric auto. Noise-reduction measures have been applied to the new Leaf for a quieter cabin, and noise from the electric motor itself has also been reduced. ProPILOT also ensured autonomous parking functions with 12 ultrasonic sensors to steer the vehicle into a parking spot.
The company has so far sold more than 112,000 Leaf EVs in the United States and over 283,000 globally.
Nissan Leaf is the upgraded version of the company's earlier produced best selling Car- 2017 Leaf.