New Nissan Leaf’s Improved Range Needs to be Just the First Step for Ailing Electric Cars Industry

Published By : 06 Sep 2017 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Japanese automotive company Nissan has launched the new model of its zero-emission electric car, the Leaf.

Limited Range of Electric Vehicles to Root of the Malaise

The company’s clear pro-environment stance has seen it become a leading player in the burgeoning electric vehicles industry thanks to the strong sales performance of products such as the Leaf. However, with growing competition in the electric and hybrid vehicles market, the limitations of electric-only cars have come under the spotlight. The limited range of electric vehicles is one of the most common criticisms leveled at the vehicles; while gas-powered vehicles can go 500 or 600 miles on a single tank, the Leaf offered just 107 miles on the U.S. models.

The new model of the Leaf makes on upgrade on it and can go 150 miles, which, though still incomparable to conventionally powered vehicles, offers a significant upgrade on the current lineup in the zero-emission vehicles market. The car is claimed to offer a 400-kilometer range in Japanese driving conditions.

Despite the welcome upgrade and the addition of a single-pedal drivetrain, which is utilized through the ability of the electric motor to turn on and off instantaneously and offers a single pedal that controls the speed of the vehicle based on the intensity at which the driver is pressing it, old problems remain in the new Leaf, with the new model needing 40 minutes to charge up even using the car’s quick charging system. Full charging at normal rates would take up to 16 hours, giving voice to another persistent complaint about electric vehicles.

The Leaf is s key asset to Nissan in affirming its commitment to environmental preservation and is a leading player in the still-dormant electric vehicles industry. Rapid advancements in battery technology are needed to ensure a smooth shift of the global automotive industry from petroleum to electricity, but advancements such as the Leaf should provide hope of steady improvement to an ailing industry.

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