Nissan started not with range but with a price: Just under $30,000 ($29,990) but the whisper number was certainly $20,000 because that’s where you end up after a bankable $7,500 federal incentive and $2,500 state incentive in California, where half of all EVs and a third of all Leafs are sold in the U.S.
According to Nissan, the improvements under the hood — or in this case, the floor — allow for much quicker acceleration both from a stop and while in motion. The zero-to-60-mph sprint is said to be 15 percent quicker, so figure a time of around 8.5 seconds. (The previous Leaf managed a time of 10.2 seconds in Edmunds testing.)
The 2018 Nissan Leaf offers a 150 mile estimate range, a jump from the 107 mile 2017 Leaf range. This is less range than the Chevy Bolt and the Tesla Model 3, but it is also a more affordable car. With fast 240V Fast Charging you can expect 22 miles of range in an hour or with 50KW charging you can expect up to 88 miles of range in 30 minutes.
For now, the word on the street is that the new Leaf is better than before, in pretty much every way. You won’t want to go back to the first-gen once you’ve tasted the upgrades in store here.