Nissan announced that the company has sold its 300,000th Nissan Leaf globally since the model first went on sale in 2010. The 100% electric Leaf is the world's first mass-produced and also the world's best-selling electric car. In September 2017, Nissan updated the Leaf with a completely new design language, autonomous technology and a much higher driving range compared to its predecessor. The Leaf has been giving its rivals - Chevrolet Volt, and BMW i3 among others a tough time in the electric vehicle segment and now is also the undisputed leader in the category.
Daniele Schillaci, Executive Vice President, Nissan said, "These numbers prove that the Nissan Leaf remains the most advanced car in the world, with the widest reach and the greatest availability. The new Nissan Leaf is the icon of Nissan Intelligent Mobility because it delivers an even more exciting drive and enhanced ownership experience and contributes to a better world. It will take Nissan's EV leadership even further."
The new design has made the car more aerodynamic, which in return improves the stability of the car. The airplane wings too help with a more symmetric air flow for a smoother and more efficient drive quality. The overall design is more aggressive than the model it will replace and is inspired by the new-gen Nissan Micra.
The Leaf is also the first Nissan vehicle to feature the ProPILOT Park system, which will help the driver to park in tight spots by taking over the steering wheel. The ProPILOT system also has semi-autonomous driving abilities. The new e-Pedal system will accelerate and decelerate, stop or hold with intelligence.
The car's 40 kWh battery can take the Nissan Leaf up to 400 km on a single charge, with a power output of 148 bhp and a torque of 320 Nm. Charging time is from 8 hours to 16 hours depending on the power capacity and the Leaf also get quick charging feature which can give 80 per cent battery time in 40 minutes.