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2018 Nissan Leaf technology features

What comes to mind when you see or hear the term “electric vehicle?” Do you imagine a small, unimpressive car puttering along with barely any power or pizzazz? If that is the case, the Nissan Leaf aims to change your preconceived notions of what an electric car can do. The 2018 Nissan Leaf technology features and its bold new look have come crashing into the auto world like a bolt of lightning, garnering excitement for its upcoming release in early 2018. Read ahead for what we know so far.

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ProPILOT Assist and e-Pedal functions

Two of the most unique and exciting technology features being offered inside the 2018 Nissan Leaf are ProPILOT Assist and e-Pedal. ProPILOT Assist does not make the Leaf fully autonomous, however, it does provide some automatic assistance when needed. It can help to control acceleration, braking, and steering during single-lane highway driving by using a forward-facing camera, radar, and other sensors to help the driver stay in the driving lane while staying at a steady speed. It can also maintain a gap between the Leaf and the vehicle ahead, stopping the vehicle if need be. 

The e-Pedal feature, which comes standard in all 2018 Leaf models, turns your accelerator into sort of a one-pedal-to-rule-them-all kind of deal. Drivers are able to use just the e-Pedal to accelerate, decelerate, and stop.

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Of course, the big questions when it comes to electric vehicles involve how far it can drive on a single charge and how powerful it will be. The 2018 Leaf is equipped with a 40kWh lithium-ion battery, which can be fully charged in eight hours (6kW) or 16 hours (3kW). If a charge is needed more urgently, Quick Charging mode allows for the battery to be charged to 80 percent capacity in as little as 40 minutes. 

For 2018, the power has been ratcheted up. The new Leaf can dole out 147 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque, so it is no slouch on those roads! 

While a specific date has not yet been established, the 2018 Nissan Leaf is expected to be released in early 2018. Check the Nissan of Victoria blog often for more updates as they become available!