Nissan Releases Overload Of New 2018 LEAF Videos

JAN 31 2018 BY MARK KANE 56

Nissan released several new promotional videos of the 2018 LEAF that present and explain new features of what’s sure to be one of the hottest electric cars on the market this year.

2018 Nissan LEAF

Besides affordable pricing, and a 40 kWh battery that returns 151 miles of EPA range, the new LEAF is full of additional stuff that the previous version lacked.

Some of those features include e-Pedal – one pedal driving, ProPilot Assist and safety related items like the latest Intelligent Around View Monitor.

“Learn all about the new 2018 Nissan LEAF and how it may make you rethink everything you know about cars. Like e-Pedal, giving you the thrill of one pedal driving. Advanced safety technologies, including Nissan’s groundbreaking 2018 ProPilot Assist that helps you slow down and even stop when needed in heavy traffic conditions. 40% more range, so you can go places you never thought you could, and the amazing Intelligent Around View Monitor that’s not only got your back, it’s got your front and sides, too. The 2018 Nissan LEAF is ready to help you take on today, fully electric and zero-emissions.”

We hope that deliveries in U.S. ramp-up quickly to satisfy already high demand.

2018 Nissan LEAF Walkaround – Nissan Insider
Take the Official 2018 Nissan LEAF Walkaround with Nissan Insider Remi Maggio as she reviews all the new interior technology and performance features of the 100 percent electric Nissan LEAF.

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Well, at least these new commercials aren’t pushing the “green” image. Hopefully they’ve realized by now that those commercials only appeal to like 3% of car buyers. Still, after having two leafs in Texas, I can’t really recommend this car to people since they have not solved the battery degradation issues.

Can you please tell us how much miles and how much degradation are you talking about?

I did two leases back to back. My 2011 model had lost 2 bars after 2 years and 20,000 miles. The 2013 had lost one bar after similar usage and was on the verge of the second. In both cases the usable range started around 85 miles and by the time 2 years had passed was only getting 65 miles. This is just not acceptable. During that same time period we also had a 2013 Chevy Volt and I have since sold that to a friend and that car still gets its original range after 80,000 miles and 4 years later.

Yeah theu sould look up your YouTube channel 8bit guy

Yes David Murray is a very credible source of EV user experience. Volt battery degradation is negligible. On the other hand those living in southern states need to be cautious when considering buying a leaf.

There are many happy Nissan Leaf owners.

My Leaf turns 5 in about 50 days. I’m the sole owner, and the car has been operated in Upstate NY its entire service life. Always charged overnight via 110 in my garage. So far: Zero bars lost.

My interpretation: Cooler climate plus no stress from fast charging means even non-TMS battery packs hold up quite well.

Thank you for your comment.

My 2013 Leaf SV is the same age (3/13 build), and will be at 60k mi. on its 60 month 5th B-day.

It has been Fast charged/Level 2 charged 25% / 75%. Lost first bar at 4.25 years/44k mi.
Degradation is now 16-17% (LSP), which is a little more than half of what it would take to meet the 5 year/60k mi. Nissan capacity loss warranty, as it expires 6/18 (in service date).

California hot summers, and fast charging are the pre 2016 Leafs Achilles heel in battery degradation / capacity loss. But still acceptable in my particular (2013 pre-Lizard) battery usage.

Lou; re. your comment:

“Always charged overnight via 110 in my garage. So far: Zero bars lost.”
I’m thinking slow charging might just be the answer to the Nissan battery problem.

In my case, my 2014 Leaf lost its first bar after 16650 miles and β‰ˆ3.5 yrs.
I always charged at 6.6 kW – only rarely to 100%. Also in a relatively benign (PNW) climate.

38,000 miles on my 2015 Leaf. Only about a dozen quick charges, all the rest on 6.6kw. 0 bars lost so far. Also in the PNW.

In Worldwide sales for the 2017 year put the Nissan LEAF at number Four and the GM BOLT at number Ten.
I don’t think you will see the Bolt in the 2018 Top Ten.

When Leaf loses the first bar, it’s down by over 12%.

My SparkEV is now 17.3 kWh after 3 years, down 1.1 kWh from 18.4 kWh when new. That’s about 6% down after 3 years. I wasn’t easy on the battery, either, fast charging very often (see my blog post) and letting it charge in 118F temperature; yes, it hit 118F in San Diego this past summer!

If I had Leaf and put it through same “abuse” (aka, normal use), it might be down over 20% (3 bars) in 3 years.

Wheres your blog? I would like to read it and your spark ev ownership. Thinking of getting one

Clicking on SparkEV’s name will take you to the blog, presumably.


There is no point in assuming that the battery tech (chemistry) of the new LEAF is identical to the older ones, especially the 24kWh pack. The increased battery capacity will also allow users not to push the battery too much down to low SOC zones where the battery degrades most.

Wouldn’t it be nice if Nissan were to tell us what changes have been made? They are very willing to talk about other improvements such as One Pedal & ProPilot. As a former 2011 Leaf owner who has read about the good and bad results of newer batteries, I could only be tempted to purchase the 2018 if they explained very specifically what changes they have made in their unicorn dust, and backed it up with a guarantee that it will lose less than 10% of capacity for 5/50K and 30% for 10/100K.
My understanding is this endurance is being seen by Tesla, Volt and SparkEV owners; Bolt hasn’t been out long enough but looks good.

Capacity loss warranty for the new 2018 Leaf (40kWh) is the same as the 2016-17 Leaf (30 kWh). It remains at 8 year / 100k miles for more than 30 % capacity loss / degradation (also known as 8 of 12 bars showing on the dash display).

Even if the chemistry is identical there will be less degradation from a 40 kWh pack vs 24kWh pack. Heat kills batteries, heat generated from fast charging, hard driving or just from the outside world will cause faster degradation. If you double the size of the battery you significantly reduce the temperature of the battery because you reduce the C rate you charge and discharge at. The other thing you will also do is reduce the number of cycles. The battery cells in a leaf that has a range of 80 miles has done twice the work of a leaf with a range of 160 miles for the same number of miles driven.

I am sure the battery will have improved from the 30 kWh pack to the 40 kWh pack but even if it hasn’t there will be fewer degradation issues with the next gen than the first gen.

Which EV model will be able to compete with the Nissan Leaf on price/range/features?

A gently used Chevy Bolt? πŸ™‚

And which car will be able to compete with a gently used leaf?

A gently used SparkEV?

A gently used Ioniq EV.

That is one rare, preowned EV!

I have a 2015 Leaf which I love to pieces. The 2018 has almost twice the battery and range at the same price point (24kWh vs 40kWh and 84 miles vs 150miles). My Leaf is only three years old so it may be a bit early to pick up a new one but I am liking what I see.

It’s missing 100 miles of range.

Do you know that the battery pack of an EV can be recharged?

It is supposed to be available next year, with the 60 kWh battery. Then max Leaf’s range will be between the 50 kWh Tesla 3 and the 75 kWh Tesla 3. Let’s hope the price will stay low since Tesla seems to be a better car and has access to superchargers.

I don’t think it will have better range than the base Model 3. It’s probably slightly heavier, so efficiency will be a bit worse, so maybe 220 mile EPA range at most, i.e. roughly equal to the Model 3.

You are right about the Model 3 being a better car, so I don’t expect the long range 2019 Leaf to have very good sales. The short range fills a good role.

Or it’s not.

Anxiously awaiting my Model 3, but the 2018 Leaf is an impressive car. The technology closely resembles that of Tesla.

The Leaf needs two things for me to consider it for a second EV, maybe for my wife. Those are greater range (+100 miles) and faster charging.

“The technology closely resembles that of Tesla.”

Umm, not really. Other than both cars being electric, they’re not alike.

Haha! Come back once Model 3 gets the missing dashboard and instrument panel.

Daimler really should do something with the Smart ForFour (which is longer than the Smart ForTwo). They should exchange the current battery pack for a 36 kWh battery pack.

That will give this small and practical EV a very practical range.

(βŒβ– _β– ) Trollnonymous

No TMS or AWD option, No Sale!

I live in a part of the US where we get pretty significant winter conditions every year, and I have never owned a car with 4WD/AWD, except for my wife’s latest, a Rogue. Including my wife’s cars and two minivans, that’s over a dozen vehicles, total.

I don’t understand people drawing a line in the snow and demanding an EV have AWD.

(βŒβ– _β– ) Trollnonymous

My line is drawn in the Snow, Mud and Ice.
I’ll spend the extra $$$ for better traction.

Traction is only one benefit, althought a good one.
But AWD EV have more range, better regen, similar wear of front and rear tire and brake and provide a back up motor.

Does it worth what manufacturer ask for?
I tend to say yes.

Yes, I really would never get a RWD car.
Great 9 months of the year.

You may try winter tires first, at least for snow and ice. Expected off course if price does not matter, then a AWD model 3 will be fine, or even a cheaper “50D” if AWD is not limited to the long range model 3.

(βŒβ– _β– ) Trollnonymous

“if AWD is not limited to the long range model 3.”

that’s the big question right there!!!

The battery degradation Fud is much over rated. For every early LEAF that lost some capacity there are a thousand cars that are just fine. I’m on my second LEAF, a 2014, and it has been the most reliable at I have ever owned. 50K miles and never a warranty issue. It got 80 miles on a charge when new and still gets 80 miles on a charge today. Plus driving electric costs a fraction of the cost of buying gas.

(βŒβ– _β– ) Trollnonymous

A friend of mine in Hawaii says the same thing and he never DCFC’s. Sure he thinks it’s FUD too.
But those in Hot or Cold places that DCFC will say otherwise.

At 42000 miles (on the battery) 84000 total on my 2011 with the 2015 battery that was changed under warranty. I live in Phoenix. Currently I have lost 0 bars…. about 10 miles of range from what I can tell. I charge at work every day outside in the heat. I’m not seeing an issue…I’ll be getting the new LEAF and expect the same…

Think so? I have a challenge for you then. Go on to and look for used Nissan Leafs. Most dealers will post photos of the dash with the car on. I suggest you make a count of how many leafs have lost a bar (or two) vs. not lost one.

Most importantly, look at the model year of those cars. Mostly 2011 and 2012 which missed out on warranty replacement of the battery. Look specifically at 2015 and newer, and it is an entirely different story. it is rare to find any 2015 with less than 12 bars, even with 50,000 miles or more. Additionally,the 2015 model year had more cars sold than any other model year so far. These 2011 and 2012 cars are a fairly small percentage of overall Leafs sold. And of those, a large percentage have had the battery replaced under warranty with the “Lizard Battery” and now people are keeping them, people like me for instance. I currently have a 2011 and a 2012 which both luckily have the newer battery. I am in San Antonio TX and I leased a 2015. I had that 2015 car for 3 years and 32,000 miles, I was getting the same range at the end of the lease as I was when the car was new. I believe Nissan has made great progress in developing a battery which manages to retain capacity without the need for active thermal management. Perhaps the battery could be even better with TMS… Read more »

I’m liking all the new features in this new Leaf but holding out for the 2019 model w/60KW battery.

GO Nissan !!!

The Nissan Micra would be great as an EV model. Like a smaller yet more affordable Nissan Leaf.

In 2019 both the Peugeot 206 and the Renault Clio will be offered as an EV model as well. That’s good. We need more affordable EV models.

“The Nissan Micra would be great as an EV model. Like a smaller yet more affordable Nissan Leaf.”

That would be cool, more BEV affordable hatchbacks…but they might not be interested in eating Renault Zoe’s market share.

Now they ever make an Electric Rogue/Quasquai, they would sell all they could produce the Quasquai in Europe and the Rogue in the US. This segment is already the hottest and the trend toward SUV/Hatchbacks will only increase.

The next Nissan BEV is going to be the Nissan Kicks…

I drove the car today extensively.

It seemed larger in the cargo area, and the front has way more headroom then before. Power was not bad either, and I consider myself a lead foot.

You seeing outlander plug in hybrid commercial on national nba televise games

For those that wants to watch a high mileage 2nd gen leaf put to work every day as a taxi follow my youtube channel from the end of march early april this year πŸ™‚

Unfortunately, my Nissan dealer said no use getting on their long pre-order list as all the new leaf cars for Canada have been sold already.

Have to pre-order 2019, already.