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Nissan's newest vehicle has one feature that could chip away Tesla's dominance

Nissan's newest vehicle has one feature that could chip away Tesla's dominance

Second-gen model gets horsepower and range upgrades.

The Leaf is the best-selling EV in history, topping more than 280,000 owners, including 112,000 in the U.S. Early versions got about 70 miles on a single charge and appealed to commuters wanting a thrifty, green vehicle.

Schillaci said the automaker was also looking at ways to expand its "e-Power" gasoline hybrid system into other regions following strong sales in Japan of the e-Note, its compact multipurpose vehicle launched past year which was the first model to use the system. The Bolt, by comparison, starts at $36,620 while the Model 3 starts at $35,000.

Will Chevrolet respond by adjusting the price of the Bolt EV, just as the Volt plug-in got price cuts after its initial release?

Production of the previous generation of the Nissan LEAF began at Oppama in 2010, and at Smyrna and Sunderland in 2013.

A more powerful battery pack that will be revealed next year by Nissan for the Leaf will also be offered in the new SUV.

Cabin noise has been reduced thanks to less wind drag, aerodynamic changes and a quieter electric motor.

Faced with tighter global environmental regulations, most carmakers are investing heavily in the electric-car sector, sparking a ferocious race to create the next green vehicle. Its best sales year in the USA was 2014, when 30,200 units were delivered.

The new second generation Nissan Leaf was launched to representatives of the world media in Tokyo in Japan yesterday. (18-cm) information display, automatic emergency braking, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and a rear-view monitor. The auto can be operated in one-pedal mode that automatically slows or stops the vehicle when the driver eases up on the accelerator, but still includes a brake pedal. This allows you to accelerate, decelerate and stop all using the accelerator.

For those who want to drive their new LEAF further, Nissan will introduce a high-power version with increased motor power and battery capacity at a higher price at the end of 2018.

"It was a case of our team listening to the customer, listening in each region in the country", he says. Both cars offer extra-cost options that raise the average transaction prices: A well-equipped Bolt runs about $42,000, while the Tesla, with a price structure modeled on those of similarly sized German luxury sedans, can be optioned up to almost $60,000.

Plenty of companies, including tech and automobile, are manufacturing electric cars to conform to the worldwide environmental regulations.

The Automotive-Electrification Index tracks the number of electrified vehicles (including EVs, plug-in hybrids and fuel-cell electrics) sold and measures the combined range of these vehicles, what the analysis calls the "e-range".

Owners can also access their smartphone to check the car's battery status.

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