Nissan Turns Over New Leaf in Tennessee with Start of 2018 Leaf Production

By Anna Breuer on 6 December 2017
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Nissan announced that the all-new 2018 Nissan Leaf electric vehicle has gone into production at its Smyrna, Tennessee, plant on Monday. The cars will reach dealerships next month.

The new generation Leaf, which was introduced in its home market in October of this year, has a range of 150 miles (241 kilometers) and the 2019 model will have a range of over 200 miles (321 kilometers). The new powertrain develops 147 horsepower, a 37% increase over the outgoing model.

A unique feature of the new Leaf is the e-Pedal, standard on all models. The e-Pedal allows the driver to accelerate, decelerate, and stop simply by using the accelerator pedal. Options include Nissan’s ProPilot driver assistance technology that controls acceleration, braking, and steering in single-lane driving situations. Other available driver-assistance technologies include lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot detection, and rear cross-traffic alert.

Since its introduction in 2011, Nissan has sold over 250,000 of the first-generation Leafs worldwide.

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