2018 Nissan LEAF U.S. Debut Set For September 6 At Technology In Motion Event In Detroit


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Nissan has just announced that the new 2018 LEAF will get its U.S. debut in Detroit on September 6 at the first-ever TIM Detroit: Technology In Motion event.

This debut is ahead of the week-long string of appearances planned for the 2018 Nissan LEAF in conjunction with National Drive Electric Week. Those debuts begin on September 9.

The global debut of the 2018 Nissan LEAF will happen at a special even in Tokyo a day earlier (which is actually September 6th locally, but September 5th for most of the rest of the world).

2018 Nissan LEAF teased

TIM Detroit states:

“Come see the new Nissan LEAF unveiled on Wednesday, September 6 at the premier Technology in Motion exhibition! Go to timdetroit.com to buy your tickets- only $25 for all three days of the event!”

Here’s the link to buy tickets

Facebook event page

Some recently discovered specs for the new LEAF include:

  • 40 kWh battery, plus a longer range battery option (~60 kWh?)
  • Range of up to 165 miles for the base (we think ~150 miles EPA, 200+ for the larger option )
  • 147 HP
  • 236 pound-feet of torque
  • S, SV, and SL trim levels, with the price tags of $29,990, $32,490, and $36,200

LEAF Teased

The new LEAF is expected to start deliveries in the U.S. in December.

Full details for the TIM Detroit event posted (via press release) below:

Nissan to showcase next-generation LEAF at first-ever Technology in Motion exhibition in Detroit

Nissan is bringing the all-new 2018 Nissan LEAF to the inaugural Technology in Motion (TIM Detroit) exhibition and conference in Detroit. The three-day event will be one of the first opportunities to see the next-generation LEAF electric car following its global unveil.

TIM Detroit attendees will have the opportunity to hear about the 2018 Nissan LEAF from Chris Reed, vice president, research & development, Nissan Technical Center North America. Reed will participate in a fireside chat on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 9 a.m. from the Main Stage inside Cobo Center.

“The launch of the Nissan LEAF is the perfect kickoff for TIM Detroit,” said KC Crain, president and chief operating officer, Crain Communications – a co-producer of TIM Detroit. “It clearly demonstrates the innovative spirit that TIM Detroit is designed to showcase.”

TIM Detroit attendees will also have the chance to further explore Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company’s blueprint for transforming how cars are driven, powered and integrated into our lives, through an interactive display on the show floor.

With new technologies like ProPILOT Assist and e-Pedal, the debut of the new LEAF represents a key milestone in Nissan’s ongoing commitment to bring accessible, advanced driver assistance technologies to mainstream vehicles.

Nissan established itself as a pioneer in the EV movement by launching LEAF, the world’s first mass-market electric vehicle. Today, Nissan LEAF is the world’s best-selling electric vehicle with more than 280,000 units sold*.

About Nissan North America

In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and INFINITI vehicles can be found online at www.nissanusa.com and www.infinitiusa.com, or visit the U.S. media sites nissannews.com and infinitinews.com.

About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, INFINITI and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2016, the company sold 5.63 million vehicles globally, generating revenue of 11.72 trillion yen. Nissan engineers, manufactures and markets the world’s best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: Asia & Oceania; Africa, Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America; and North America. Nissan has a global workforce of 247,500 and has been partnered with French manufacturer Renault under the Renault-Nissan Alliance since 1999. In 2016, Nissan acquired a 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors, which became the third member of the Alliance – a grouping with combined annual sales of almost 10 million units a year.
For more information about our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit nissan-global.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn and see all our latest videos on YouTube.

About Technology in Motion (TIM Detroit)

TIM Detroit, a three-day event, co-produced by Crain Communications and MSX International, will serve as the intersection of automotive and technology, highlighting the rapidly-growing interest in connectivity, autonomy, mobility and digital consumer engagement. It will highlight the future of automotive innovation by showcasing the most advanced technology for the next generation of vehicles. TIM Detroit will also include on-site events, product exhibitions, STEM related activities and presentations and panel discussions from the industry’s leading innovators.
To register for TIM Detroit, please visit www.timdetroit.com/registration.

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35 Comments on "2018 Nissan LEAF U.S. Debut Set For September 6 At Technology In Motion Event In Detroit"

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Still no word on battery thermal management?

What, in that there won’t be any? Aside from passive cooling.

Let’s hope the batteries don’t degrade.

That will hit them in the sales department, we are far from having battery chemistries that don’t require active thermal management. I wouldn’t touch one with a ten foot pole unless it includes an active system.

Where I live in Northern California, you can get away without thermal management. But if you live some place that gets really hot or really cold, thermal management is required.

And I always want these thermal management systems to be smarter. If you live someplace really cold, it would be nice if your thermal management system warmed up the battery just before you leave for work in the morning and thus maximize range. Or in a really hot place, cool down the battery a bit if you are connected to AC.

Similarly, thermal management systems need to cool batteries while they are being DC fast-charged (I assume most do this.)

Where I live in Kansas, you have summer highs approaching 120, and winter lows near -20.

No way I’m buying a car without some kind of active management. At least not with current chemistries…

“I always want these thermal management systems to be smarter.”

What you’re describing is exactly what happens with SparkEV, and I thought all EV do the same. I mean, TMS is there, juice is available when plugged in, why wouldn’t they heat/cool the pack? Is there any EV with TMS that doesn’t do this?

“Where I live in Northern California, you can get away without thermal management.”

Really? Concord, Walnut Creek and Sacramento easily get into high 90s and low 100s from time to time.

And if you DCFC in those heat, you can expect some accelerated aging for sure, even in Northern California.

I know plenty of Northern California LEAF owners that have lost some significant ranges in their LEAF.

Livin 40 km south of Vienna, Austria, on a hill 374m above sea level. In 2017 the achieved range of temperatures so far: -23C to +38C. (-9.4 to 100.4 in Fahrenheit.)
So I’d say that, yes, indeed, I will not buy a BEV without temp management.

It’s hard to believe they’ll do the same thing over and over while other companies are doing better with active cooling. Even a duct from cabin AC over the batteries like SoulEV would help tremendously while driving through hell-hole (actual name of a place in San Diego).

Yup I always found it shocking that Nissan didn’t just go ahead and copy Kia on their A/C duct concept for battery cooling on the Leaf (they could have done this in 2013 concurrently with the model revamp). A/C doesn’t use that much juice and when it’s hot out, chances are that you have your cabin A/C on anyways; so simple and inexpensive to just divert a bit of that cold air to the battery.

If you look at the design, they could have done a MUCH better job with conduction, convection air cooling. It is as if NEC was not in on the design process from the beginning.

Any bets that a 2018 Leaf with similar spec as a Bolt will be any cheaper?

Of note: Tesla is charging $9000 for their range upgrade.

Considering the upper trim of the ~150+ Leaf is already priced similarly to the base Bolt, I do not think the long range leaf will be much cheaper when it is released. There is a good chance that the Bolt pricing drops by the end of next year also as tax credits begin to wind down.

I think they will probably be within $1k to $2k of each other.

Is it just me, or is anyone else thinking that if this car was a winner and they knew it, Nissan would be saying a lot more at this point?

This is their style – very small hints, and then a big reveal.

They need to sell their current Leaf. Wouldn’t be smart to get people too excited that they don’t buy the current generation.

Announcement is in Sept, but it won’t hit the dealers for some time after that.

Exactly right, that is the way to transition.

Exactly. If they had liquid-cooled battery they would have mentioned it already. If they had a drag co-efficient of less than 0.23 they would have also mentioned that already, at the same time as their “our car will be very aerodynamic” announcement a few weeks ago.
That being said, if it has any kind of active thermal management (a/c duct or liquid cooling), at 29K for a 40kwh battery I suspect the 2018 Leaf will sell in large volume…. UNTIL Hyundai gets their act together and puts out a 40kwh Ioniq (hopefully before 2020 !).

I am looking forward to seeing the new Leaf, and finding out about the specs and prices. I hope to see it in person at the Cambridge Electric Drive In event, and maybe sit in it, too.

This article says “The new LEAF is expected to start deliveries in the U.S. in December.” But last night Nissan Marketing sent out an email saying “Expected availability in early 2018.”

It’s a nationwide email, so they probably don’t want to annoy 95% of the customers who have no shot. Nissan has December as an ETA for some regions when they opened the commercial orders.

Having a limited CARB state rollout for six months wouldn’t be surprising either.

Somehow I’m not as excited as I was for the Tesla Model 3 deliveries. I think having 500,000 preorders or so and the worlds most advanced cars adds a LOT to the EVent. Super Charging at cost is also a big deal.

Maybe Nissan will announce a desert heat package with liquid cooling?
Maybe they will tell about a Super Charge option with Tesla?
Maybe but most likely not!

I am expecting to buy a 60kWh Leaf-II with four years of free super-charging and pro-Pilot about 18 month before my Model 3 reservation for my daughter is due.
I hope the price will be below the base price of the Model 3.

The only really interesting things to know are what capacity will the larger battery have and when will they start those deliveries?

The rest is just annoying background sounds…

The liquid cooling issue is critical. You havent owned a gen 1 Leaf I take it?

They can make an air cooled design with an active system, the NV200 has it, so can this.

So the debut is on Sep-6 in both USA & Japan. Time difference is understandable. Good that Nissan is giving so much importance to USA as well. $25 for a ticket is very affordable.

Hope this will be an event as big as Model-3 launch.

Eric and Jay,

Any chance this side of Hades Nissan will aggressively promote cheap leases to stick it to GM and their beloved Bolt? (Great car- $400 per month- no thanks!) Or is it still too early to speculate?
We need an escalating downward EV price war.

Well given what we know, the base 40 kWh should start with a nationwide deal of ~$299/month…then go down from there (obviously the passing of time and ever-increasing dealer incentives, as with all EVs not Tesla, makes the starting “deal” the proverbial worst-case scenario) — There is a bit of a question mark as to where peak volume sales are when it come to plotting the “sweet spot” for range and pricing. For the US, the market kinda jumped from the ~100 mile “affordable” first gen EVs, to 220+ miler “affordable” early 2nd gen EVs. ie) again, using the US as an example: If given the choice, would more customers want to a ~150 mile EV for $250 a month/nothing down, or a 220 mile EV for $350 a month/nothing down? It’s a interesting query, and what would the sales splits on those two models be? Truthfully, we still don’t know. Neither Tesla or GM will/can find out (Tesla doesn’t want to know how warm the water is down there, and GM has just overlooked/jumped the segment entirely – at least for now), Nissan aims to find out what the market is for a $299 month/$29,900 150 mile EV is,… Read more »

Thanks Jay.
Your insight and tea reading skills are much appreciated?

It will be September 5th in the USA and September 6 in Japan because of time differences. I hope they stream it.

We stream all the big events, the September 5th (6th in Japan) will be no different, (=

Looks promising. Quality manufacturing and good design not overflown by cost cutting measures.