New 2018 Nissan LEAF Receives Green Car of The Year Award

JAN 19 2018 BY MARK KANE 22

The new Nissan LEAF won the first edition of FIPA Green Car of the Year award from the Inter-American Federation of Automobile Journalists (FIPA).

2018 Nissan LEAF

The LEAF apparently scored highest among nine other candidates.

José Luis Valls, Nissan Latin America’s chairman said:

“This award is a clear example of Nissan’s global leadership in electric vehicles and autonomous driving technology under the vision of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, where the brand aims to improve people’s lives through a transformation in how vehicles are driven, powered and integrated into society.”

Interestingly, in 2016, LEAF received from FIPA the “2016 4-Wheel Drive Electric Car of the Year.” Apparently, this distinguishes it from 2-wheeled electrics, like motorcycles.

“About Nissan LEAF

The Nissan LEAF has just reached an important milestone: 300,000 units have been commercialized worldwide since its launch in 2010. The Nissan EV is the first zero-emissions, 100% electric vehicle produced for the mass market, and also the best selling in the world.

The new generation of the Nissan LEAF was presented at the end of last year in Tokyo. Its new design stands out as well as the incorporation of innovative technology that make the Nissan LEAF the benchmark model of the brand’s vision of Intelligent Mobility. Also, the new version offers a range of 400 km (under the Japanese standard) with power output of 150 hp (110 kW), and a top speed of 144 km/h.

New technology

The new LEAF adopts ProPILOT autonomous driving technology, used during single-lane driving on the highway. It also offers ProPILOT Park technology, which takes control of steering, acceleration, braking, shift-changing and the parking brake to automatically guide it into a parking spot, including parallel parking, safely, and with simple operation.

e-Pedal: reducing driver stress

This revolutionary technology allows drivers to start, accelerate, decelerate and stop by increasing or decreasing the pressure applied to the accelerator. When the accelerator is fully released, regenerative and friction brakes are applied automatically, bringing the car to a complete stop. The car holds its position, even on uphill slopes, until the accelerator is pressed again. The reactiveness of the e-Pedal maximizes EV driving pleasure.

Exterior design: sleek silhouette and “cool tech attitude”

The new Nissan LEAF’s design includes a profile that gives it a sharp, dynamic look. Along with excellent aerodynamics, the styling – from the sleek silhouette to the car’s “advanced expression” – evokes the excitement of driving an EV. Nissan design features the already familiar signature boomerang-shaped lamps and V-motion flow in the front. The flash-surface grille in clear blue and the rear bumper’s blue molding identify the car as a Nissan EV.

Interior design: premium ambience with a clean, relaxed, high-tech feeling

The new Nissan LEAF completely redesigned cabin is focused on the driver, featuring a front panel in the form of a “gliding wing.” It combines an excellent use of space with functionality.

The interior design creates a relaxed ambience and premium quality feel, thanks to carefully selected materials. Vibrant blue stitching in the seats, dashboard and steering wheel has been incorporated as a symbol of Nissan’s electric vehicles. The 7-inch, full-color (TFT) display has been redesigned to highlight key features, such as the Safety Shield technology power gauge and audio and navigation system information. Apple CarPlay has also been added.”

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Any time I want to know about sustainable transportation, I ask a panel of automotive journalists.

You are very smart to listen to those qualified “automotive journalists”, about sustainable transportation. They know ICE OEM “Green” when they see it!

The red one pictured above in a rear 3/4 view shows best how much of the old car remains in this refreshed version.

I liked the original Leaf, much the way I liked the original VW Beetle, but I like this refreshed Leaf better.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

It won the award with no TMS and no AWD option and sub 10Kw home charging with probably the same Chad charge rate……lol

LOLOLOL… Why stop at sub 10kW home charging? It is also sub 20kW home charging 🙂 I don’t know how long *you* sleep at night, but for most people a completely empty 40 kWh battery at bedtime will be completely full in time for morning drive, with charging as slow as ~4-5kW. Given that night home charging is by far the most common use case, 10kW is pretty far down the list of any sane 40-kWh EV maker’s upgrade list. LOLOLOL #2…. AWD? For a road/highway hatchback? What for? You can take it on e.g., US Forest Service good-quality unpaved without any AWD. And if you are stupid enough to take a car like this to climb mud hills… well whatever. You have a partial point on ChaDeMo, rate needs to start going up. Regarding TMS, there’s lot of misunderstanding. TMS helps zilch for range – winter TMS eats up more electricity than the thermodynamic efficiency loss from cold battery – but helps for longevity. Nissan claims to have fixed that with the 2015 “Lizard” battery, and indeed 2015’s have been stellar thus far on the range-retention front. The 30 kWh seems to have regressed by comparison, esp. late in… Read more »

My 16 Leaf sv 30kwh battery got replaced @ 19k miles. Now 3 months later s.o.h. is down 97%. Never buying a Nissan again with no TMS.

Assaf said:

“AWD? For a road/highway hatchback? What for?”

Clearly you have never tried to drive after an ice storm, nor in deep snow. I suppose such events are very rare to nonexistent wherever you live.

Assaf said: “Regarding TMS, there’s lot of misunderstanding. TMS helps zilch for range…” There is certainly a lot of misunderstanding there on your part. The battery getting either too cold or too hot can have a big impact on range and on extended range driving. Too cold and the capacity drops significantly, and depending on just how cold it is the car may refuse to charge at all. Too hot, and the car’s ability to fast charge will be limited. For example, here’s a June 2016 post from the driver of a 30 kWh Nissan Leaf: On a recent quick two day trip from Scotland to Cheltenham and back I managed to get south without any battery overheating problems, possibly because traffic was heavy. Coming back the next evening, with the outside temp at 18C [64° F], I was running into ten bars, just short of red, after a mere two rapid charges, and starting to get seriously concerned if I could get home. The outside temp dropped slowly as I drove North. I reduced speed down to 60 mph, and by midnight it was about 8C outside. The car never got into the red, but I was getting very… Read more »

Hi mate I never understand why you would want to take a car on this kind of journey when Nissan UK gives its owners (for as long as its serviced at their centres) free 14day access to an ICE vehicle so this isn’t a relevant as most ppl think and even in my current ice car (2018 leaf coming soon) Id fly or train it.

They’re not trying to design a car for a guy who drives to Truckee ….

Inversely you think that a car that suits your needs should merit an award.

LOL indeed.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

“Inversely you think that a car that suits your needs should merit an award. ”

OK, you have a point there…… 😛

For me AWD is sadly a must. I live in a “city” (Anchorage Alaska) where we have snow on the ground more than half the year, and the street I live on gets plowed once a blue moon. So if I did not have AWD I could not get to work a third of the working days a year.

I know things like that are an “insignificant portion” to some EV enthusiasts and worth scoffing at but so are all EV’s according to the ICE crowd.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

“For me AWD is sadly a must.”

Watch out!
Asaaf thinks that’s a stupid idea. See his post.

There are thousands and thousands of Leafs in Norway, and drivers there report it doing very well on the snow.

Now, someone might have specific mud/snow combination conditions, but again that would be a niche need that a mainstream road/highway car may indeed not meet, but that’s fine.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

“Why stop at sub 10kW home charging?”

Really not sure why we are still sub 10Kw. For as long as EV chargers have been out there’s really no reason there is glacial progress to increase on new EV’s.
But you’re correct, why stop there? Good job. Tesla already has 20KW (Dual) chargers, had that for a while now. The rest are just still following the lead.

“AWD? For a road/highway hatchback? What for?”

Snow, mud etc…..my business requires me to work at customer sites in Truckee CA and Lake Tahoe. My purposes my reason. By your logic Subaru must be doing something completely wrong……lol

“TMS helps zilch for range” I guess there’s no reason to warm a battery in the cold then. Many other folks that charge in the cold weather regions would argue that.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

Hmm……
this was supposed to be a reply to “Assaf”…………lol

How many domestic power supplies can handle 20kW? I’m pretty sure ours (at 230V) tops out at 23kW for the entire house and getting 3phase installed is either impossible or crazy expensive.

Looks like the Leaf will be the top selling EV in 2018.

Leaf 90,000
Model 3 60,000
Bolt EV 28,000

One out of three is not bad … in baseball.

Agree and well done to Nissan, imagine what they will do when the solid state batteries get commercialized. The Future looks very EV 🙂

Now all we leaf owners need is the European and World car of the year awards for the 2nd time! and ill be over the moon!