Nissan’s iconic best-selling LEAF turns ten this year. And some say a car launched in 2010 is passed it, and in spite of all the updates and upgrades through the years, it is an autumn LEAF that has to fall.
Not so, said Nissan. This is a spring LEAF, new to the season and full of life. The 2020 Nissan LEAF has just budded in the big Northern Hemisphere markets. Although not here yet, we can at least look at what has changed.
It’s not uncommon that babies and young children fall asleep during car journeys but is it the same for electric vehicles, like the Nissan Leaf? Contrary to what many believe, it’s the engine noise in cars that make them sleep and not the actual movement.
The Nissan Leaf autonomous model has broken the UK’s record for the longest self-driving car journey. This self-navigating car successfully drove on its own for 370 km which is the longest and most complex journey on record in the UK of any autonomous car.
Who can forget the horror on CNN when, in 2011, an earthquake caused a tsunami that decimated large swathes of Japan? The little van in a futile race against the flood. The houses and building swept away, the ships thrown against shore-side buildings. Soon afterwards we learned of the catastrophe that was the flooded nuclear power station Fukushima. But one positive story to come out of that disaster was the brand-new Nissan LEAF EV and the new role that was invented for it on the spot.
While many car manufacturers are still some years away from giving their customers a mainstream electric vehicle, the Nissan LEAF is at it again. This four-door, five-seater family car has been hugely successful selling over 450 000 units since 2010. Now, the company is launching a second-generation Nissan LEAF with added safety features, equipment and more power thanks to Nissan’s Nismo division.
When climate change is pondered, cars and carmakers are usually seen as part of the problem. Nissan, however, has been added to the 2019 CDP A-List for its climate change leadership.
CDP is a non-profit organisation that focusses on building economic stability, and climate change is recognised as the major threat to global economic stability.
The Nissan LEAF has now been around for some time and entered Nissan into the EV marketing with aplomb. They have taken another step towards the mainstay of electric vehicles with the new generation Nissan LEAF with more range and comfort.
Nissan has published sketches of three concepts, each with five sets of double wheels but no engine, a high tech seat but no steering wheel, and allows you to race against the fastest without really moving much.
Nissan in Thailand has officially appointed Delta Electronics (Thailand) PCL as the primary provider of electric vehicle charging systems. This landmark partnership between Nissan and Delta Electronic envisions Thailand’s electrification goal of having 1.2 million units on the road by 2036.
Autonomous driving is great because nothing can go wrong – go wrong – go wrong. A couple of recent high-profile fatal accidents involving this technology have cast shadows on the work done by the likes of Tesla and Uber.