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The new 2018 Nissan LEAF will make its global debut on September 6th in Tokyo – which is of course is actually September 5th in North America and Europe, but when will people first get the chance to kick the tires in the US?

We've now learned that special events have been put on the calendar by Nissan for September 9th through 16th, making public appearances at National Drive Electric Week events across the U.S.

"The timing couldn't be better. Bringing LEAF to some of the most enthusiastic EV advocates just days after its global debut is the perfect way to kick things off for this technology-packed car," said Brian Maragno, director, Nissan EV Marketing and Sales Strategy. "We can't wait to show off the all-new LEAF to electric vehicle owners and enthusiasts during National Drive Electric Week."

While test drives won't initially be held at this year's NDEW, attendees can explore the new EV, and if you already own a Nissan LEAF, you can sign up for an early test drive in your area scheduled for just a couple weeks later!

Here are the dates of interest:

Sept. 9

  • Seattle, Washington | Denny Park | 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • San Diego, California | Qualcomm Stadium | 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Alpharetta, Georgia | Avalon | 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sept. 14
  • Bridgewater, New Jersey | Bridgewater Municipal Building Car Park | 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Sept. 16
  • Portland, Oregon | Washington Square | 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Los Angeles, California | Los Angeles State Historic Park | 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Cupertino, California | DeAnza College | 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
As for what to expect at the events, Nissan states:

Consumers visiting the Nissan display in each city will be greeted by a modern space, featuring the next-generation LEAF. Visitors will be able to explore the LEAF, equipped with Nissan Intelligent Mobility features including ProPILOT Assist™ and e-Pedal technology. On-site hosts will be available throughout the events to answer questions and provide a closer look at LEAF. Food, beverages and branded merchandise will also be available for visitors.

Current LEAF owners will be offered an exclusive chance to sign up for the "The All New LEAF Drive and Discover Experience," providing a behind-the-wheel opportunity to experience the next-generation LEAF just weeks after it is unveiled. To sign up, owners must present the key fob to their current LEAF and register for the test drive while visiting the display. The first test-drives will begin in October.


Some recently discovered specs for the new LEAF include:

  • 40 kWh battery, plus longer range battery option (~60 kWh?)
  • Range of up to 165 miles for the base (we think ~150 miles EPA)
  • 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
The new LEAF is expected to start deliveries in the U.S. in December.

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