2018 Nissan LEAF EV TECH REVIEW (1 of 3)

MotoMan takes a look at the second generation Nissan LEAF. Yes, there were a number of big changes for the Nissan LEAF in the 2013 model year, but now those changes as well as an entirely new design inside & out riding on a heavily revised version of the same platform transform the 2018 Nissan LEAF in ways not really expected . . .

For more information, watch our Behind the Scenes look @ The Nissan LEAF Battery Factory in Smyrna, Tennessee
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mun1Mct6JEs

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2017 Hyundai Ioniq EV FIRST DRIVE REVIEW @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuVfEqOFxTM

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2017 BMW i3 with Range Extender FIRST DRIVE REVIEW @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YX3HThHRwE4

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Comments

FarcryTheBrave says:

2:47 Nissan, built by Yamaha since 1945

Steve C# says:

Where art thou MotoMan?

Atlantik av says:

Better looking than the old Leaf but still a Hideous looking car, yuk!

Thought Loop says:

~380k, maybe 420k as a bit of overhead, is the range I need. Gotta be able to drive for 3.5hrs.

toy junky says:

I drive a 2014 Leaf and I cope with the range limit just fine. saying that, a few more miles range would be nice just for those occasional longer trips.

Alex Baker says:

I drive a Chevy Bolt EV. I think Nissan made a huge mistake on not launching with a 60kwh battery. I can run my bolt almost a week without charging once if I wanted to and I use it for long range treks to other parts of the state. My bolt is my real car with real world impact. It is not just a commuter car.

jrherita says:

Wife commutes with a used Leaf for the economics advantage; 150 mile Leaf would make a lot more places accessible but wouldn’t largely affect us economically. a 220+ mile Leaf would allow us to strap kayaks to the roof and hit local lakes without range problems, possibly allowing us to replace our SUV. That said I think a 150 mile Leaf that starts 6-7K less than the Bolt/Model 3 was the right choice.

william cox says:

John from the uk. Ioniq driver. 165m range on a very good day. But need 200m reliable range to meet my needs. So have a backup deisel.

John Smith says:

I drive a 2015 Leaf. Since I am retired this cars fills my needs although I still have an ICE (2015 Versa) as a long distance machine although it rarely leaves the driveway. The 200 mile range Leaf would make me eliminate the ICE vehicle entirely and save me a good chunk of change. I was going to get a 2018 Leaf but now I am thinking of getting the 2019 model even if it costs more. My lease expires next year and hopefully I can extend it another 6 months and lease a 2019. Still thinking about the 2018 instead but I am still on the fence…..

Pete Miller says:

I would go for the higher mileage model. Yes, I may use it 95% of the time for short trips, but using it on longer trips for the 5% of the time becomes a deal maker for me. If I could use one car overall, or have two cars where one is for commuting and the other is for longer trips, I would obviously prefer the single car with the longer range. Now is 200 miles sufficient for a single car? Not if I can buy one that has 350 mile range. I guess Nissan is targeting just the commuters with this car. Good video. Cheers.

FCA1975 says:

2103 Leaf S here. The 200+ range would have been better with me, as a trip to VA to GA or Myrtle Beach SC, would only need one charge instead of 2. Or a trip to the coast of VA would be possibly with just a full charge from home.

Robert Rich says:

I just bought a 2017 leaf l test drove a Chevy Bolt first because of the range. Chevy wanted 16000 dollars more for their car and offered me 3500 dollars less for my Chevy Sonic which I bought from that dealership. So for me the lower price is what drove my decision I believe Nissan has the right marketing strategy.

Driver6M says:

The leaf just isn’t the same price as a Model 3. It’s like saying an Audi Q3 is the same price as a Mazda CX5. It’s only the same price if you get a stripped out cheap version. If you’re like any normal person you’ll be asking for leather interior etc and watch the price skyrocket.

Jack W Rademaker says:

Has anyone done some research on electrical radiation! If A cellphone melts your brain to smoosh! what does this car do.
No one talks about this !! but it’s A fact that people who work with high-voltage electricity have A lower life rate.

Izzygrip Sunheatstop says:

Interior is ok, but 40kWh battery is not big enough to make people want it.
Even 30kWh 2016 version with range extender (leafbox) will perfrom similar to new 40kWh battery. The only real difference is that “semi-autopilot”
Nissan please please install 50-60kWh battery !

Nuru Shafi says:

Not even for free I want this electric garbage in my driveway! It’s most useless invention ever! That never work in cold region for more than 20 minuets.

Matthew Wetherbee says:

I drive a 2013 Nissan Leaf. I live on Maui, so the smaller range works good for me for the most part. However, in spite of that, I still feel it would have been better to go with 200 miles of range instead of 150 miles. In my specific case, there are two places I can’t go to on this island because of my limited range, and even if I had this new leaf with 150 miles of range, I feel it still wouldn’t. Where as a Tesla Model 3 with the 310 miles of range could do so very easily. If the Leaf had 200 miles of range, it could drive all the way around the island or all the way up to Haleakala which is a rise from sea level to just over 10,000 feet elevation. I don’t think this Leaf with 150 miles of range could do either of those things.

Dentures, Inc says:

I’m very disappointed that Nissan started strong with LEAF version 1 and has proceeded to sit on their hands. I’ve owned a 2011 LEAF 30K on that one. A 2012 LEAF. 30K on that one. I’m driving a 2015 LEAF. 68K and counting. I have to charge twice a day and I’ve been waiting for more range to be an option since 2010. Seriously… Sell me a bigger battery. I have bought $100K I’m waiting for my Model 3 and won’t be looking back. If NISSAN wants some EV respect, they should introduce an Electric Tundra with 350 mile range and some real towing capability. I’m guessing they will wait until Tesla is trying to get up the space to add it to their production before they

Hanne Janssens says:

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geekdomo says:

I have a Volt and when my ICE lease runs out this fall (wife’s car: Nissan Altima)I am leaning way more towards the Bolt. The only slight plus the Leaf has is the better seats.

FDK says:

For me personally the range is plenty enough on this car so it being a bit cheaper than the longer range competitors makes it the right choice

Jim181059 says:

2004 VW Phaeton V10 (the 5 litre diesel). Usage is currently very low with very occasional long journeys: I want to move to electric and will when I can get 200 miles plus at a reasonable price. I know I could manage with a lesser range but I just don’t want to.

Tomma says:

How many amps does a standard US circuit breaker withstand? 15-20? If so you guys have a really weak outlet. Here in Norway we have a standard 230V (and more and more have 400V as standard now) with 16 amps giving us 3,5 kW to work with. A home charger can produce up to 22 kWh at max

gp2003gt says:

I love the idea of the drier plug, the range is more than enough for my needs, before ordering I need to test drive,

solarstacks says:

Nice review. I didn’t catch if you talked about they V2H Vehicle To Home for the USA. They had it in Japan for a year now. You did tell about the new 120 or 240 charge cord. That’s another industry 1st. At least they are making lots of cars and not just compliance. You can get them all over the USA and they give people the No Charge to Charge card which is not a Super Charger Network but a good step to encourage more public charging.

ThumperCR says:

I’ll give you my input even though your probably not going to like it. I leased a 2012 Leaf for two years. Loved the electric powertrain. Hated the fact that they didn’t liquid heat and cool the battery. I still up to this day refuse to buy/lease any electric car from any manufacturer that doesn’t care enough to preserve their battery. It was a failure back in the early leafs and will be a failure in the new ones. I don’t care what “chemistry” you use, data shows that by liquid controlling the battery temp is much much better on for the battery to no degrade near as fast. Until Nissan wakes up and figures that out, they could release a 500 mile car and I wouldn’t buy it till they liquid heat/cool the battery.

Michael Myers says:

I would buy a car like this immediately – if it is good looking. This one looks terrible. As most of the EVs, e.g. the BMW i3. Why do they almost all the EVs so ugly? The only ones which are good looking are Tesla Model S and 3, and then are some like the VW Golf, which are at least not ugly. I’m waiting for something like the Fisker Karma with all electric drive and a little bit smaller.

ram64man says:

They should have released a 60kw earlier or allow preorders yes round town the 40kw can do more than the mk1 ever did and allows those I. The commuter band to get to work and back however the biggest problem is still the infrastructure, I’m one of the few that probably does 90 miles in one direction, great so what’s the issue then I hear you say, but for my area there is only one rapid 50 miles away that is often out of action, I love evs heck owned a mk1 but living in a flat, it’s that reason mile munching commuters will look of the diesel over any ev other that a bolt or tesla simply because range is king, if I can fill up at home I will but to go hunting just to charge is a deal breaker no matter what government think tanks say

SmartElectricCar says:

3:28 Tesla provides a 240V charging cord with all models.

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