I took a spin in this 2017 Car of this year earlier this week, and I marveled again with the current state of automotive engineering. I realize, I know: Gas cost is low, and car shoppers are flocking to SUVs-while drooling over tire-roasting Raptors and Demons born of Hellcats. If electric vehicles register by any means, it is just with hippie tree huggers or savvy megacity commuters, laser-focused on taking advantage of the HOV lane, right?
You\’re still reading, so I\’ll wager that you are in a very third, believe it or not cultish sect of vehicular enthusiasts that likes to stay up with the most recent technology, in spite of the origin. If you are, drive a Chevrolet Bolt EV if you\’ve found yourself the chance. The longer term is already here start car, in a very package that is certainly surprisingly affordable, anxiety free, and, yes, regarding green little fun they are driving.
With any luck, Bolt whilst others during the EV space shall be joined by a few new and familiar game changers quickly. We\’ve done lots of reporting around the Model 3-Tesla\’s slick and affordable EV sedan to the masses-but don\’t sleep on the next-generation Nissan Leaf.
In January of 2017, Nissan sold its 250,000th Leaf-making it not merely America\’s best-selling electric car but additionally uno in the world. Surprised? That is understandable. The Leaf have been a weekend success, some six years during the making. Once it heats up was launched next year, it had an EPA rating of 99 mpg-e and an estimated choice of 73 miles (for the current cycle). Which was competitive during the time, but within the year or two Tesla had outclassed the complete field with its top-dollar, 265-mile max range Model S.
Nissan gradually upped the length to empty, topping out at 84 miles in 2013, which was still very modest when compared to Tesla\’s poster child. But modesty, within relation to its range and cost, is a virtue consumers apparently loved. Leaf sales kept chugging along, additionally, the Leaf took over as world\’s best-selling EV in 2013 and 2014.
My buddy Rob was an excellent earlyish adopter. He\’s an ex-cop, pathologically occupied with safety, situational awareness, and saving money. He leased a loaded 2013 Leaf SL for schlepping his three boys around Cleveland\’s surburbs. \”It was good,\” he said. \”It fit the three kids along with child seats. I leased because, at the time, I was interested in the modern technology.\”
Despite range-shortened winter season and also a minor sensor issue, three Leaf-y years turned Rob to a authentic EV convert. Should the lease expired, he brilliant wife, Beri, turned in the Leaf along with their long-distance family hauler (a Volvo XC90) and are now a two-Tesla family-a new Model S 60 for my child plus a used Model S 85 for him.
When I texted Rob that the new Leaf is budding, he was excited. But would he get back? \”I did as it, even so the levels of competition are stiff with Bolt plus the upcoming Model 3,\” he thumbed. \”It\’s tough as you have the Bolt with 238-mile range. I would not need everything that, yet it is nice to obtain.\”
Indeed, the bar is high to the next-generation Leaf. Tesla\’s Model 3 along with the will-they-or-won\’t-they saga to offer 500,000 vehicles in 2018 has dominated recent EV news, save to the $37,495 bolt of impressive engineering delivered by Chevy. For the new Leaf to steal the spotlight, it\’ll have to have comparable range, much sexier styling compared to the first generation, a bleeding-edge technology story, or perhaps a price better than \’em all.
That\’s a tall order, in addition to count Nissan out. The automaker provides a past of big bets eliminating; just go through the original 240Z, the trucky Xterra, Carlos Ghosn\’s heroic turnaround, the supercar-killing GT-R (our 2009 Car of the Year), additionally, the quietly best-selling Leaf.
A new Leaf is determined dropping this fall, then when it will do, it has to be a shocker.
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