The Leaf is still the best-selling electric auto on the planet, and the range bump may do the trick for people who tend to use their cars for short trips. The auto is in production in the Oppama plant in Yokosuka, Japan. Obviously the Tennessee plant will add production volume for North America, while the United Kingdom plant will supply Europe.
Tesla may be at the forefront of advanced and stylish electric vehicles, but it may soon have some serious competition in the form of the 2018 Nissan Leaf. Both plants will begin ramping up Leaf production before the end of this year.
“The value equation for the new LEAF is even stronger than ever before – beginning with a starting MSRP under $30,000”, says Jose Munoz, chief performance officer for Nissan Motor Co.
Nissan revealed the new Leaf earlier this week with an all-new design and a price tag that starts at $29,990 before tax credits.
The vehicle, on sale in Japan from October 2 and elsewhere in early 2018, can run for 150 miles (241 km) on a single charge based on estimates using U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, using a 40 kilowatt hour (kWh) battery. The feature will debut with the 2018 Armada SUV first, but if it comes to the Leaf, it’ll be another piece of tech that Nissan can use to entice people. That battery sends power to an electric motor that generates 147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque.
To date, Nissan has sold over 112,000 LEAF EVs in the US and more than 283,000 globally.
The Nissan Leaf will go on sale in Japan by the end of this year, while a rollout in Europe and the US will occur in early 2018.