The first EV from the Renault-Nissan Group in India will be the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle, safely expect a stratospheric price tag
The Renault-Nissan group recently showcased the globally successful Leaf EV at the MOVE: The Global Mobility Summit in New Delhi. The latest development follows a confirmation by Thomas Kuehl, President, Nissan India, of the Leaf being India-bound. The Nissan Leaf Electric will be launched in India in early 2019. Being a CBU, safely expect it to cost in tune of Rs 50 lakh.
The Nissan Leaf Electric will be a halo product from the Indian subsidiary of the Japanese automaker. While the company doesn’t hope for high volumes, we feel that the Leaf makes for an interesting showcase of the company’s prowess with producing world-class premium electric cars.
The latest generation Nissan Leaf electric car is much more modern than its earlier iteration. It looks better, has a more premium cabin with a longer list of features, and even offers a much higher driving range. The highlight of the car list is the e-Pedal system, which lets you drive the car using energy tapped through regenerative braking to accelerate and deaccelerate the vehicle.
Other important features on offer include Intelligent Around View Monitor, Lane Departure Warning, Intelligent Emergency Braking, ProPILOT and single-lane autonomous driving tech, Intelligent Lane Intervention, Traffic Sign Recognition, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Blind Spot Warning among others.
The Nissan Leaf electric vehicle will be available in two battery options. It’s powered by a 147 horsepower-320 Nm electric motor that gets its juice from a 40 kWh lithium-ion battery. As per the EPA estimated, the latest generation Leaf has a range of 150 miles (242 km) in the US. In Europe, it’s rated to have a driving range of 235 miles (378 km).
It takes 16 hours to charge the battery using a 3 kW plug and 8 hours through a 6 kW socket. There’s also a quick charging facility that can charge the battery pack to 80 per cent in just 40 minutes.