The 2018 Nissan Leaf: An Affordable Electric Car

Oct. 18, 2017Electric cars are trying so hard to catch on in a big way, and thanks to models like the Nissan Leaf becoming more affordable, it’s finally starting to happen.



With the 2018 Nissan Leaf emerging onto the market at just under $30,000 — that’s $5,000 less than the basic Tesla Model 3 — buyers are seeing prices come down, and range go up.

What’s the Range?

The first question on the tip of any electric car buyers tongue is one that was on mine — how far can the 2018 Nissan Leaf drive on a single charge?

The latest model of the electric hatchback can now drive 150 miles on a single charge, making it more than practical for daily commutes, but still coming in far behind competing cars like the Chevrolet Bolt, which gets 100 miles more per charge.

 

 

What’s the Interior Like?

The Nissan Leaf can hold an impressive five passengers quite comfortably in its cab, and has great cargo capacity, with 23.6 cubic feet of trunk space (roughly the size of a newer model Honda Civic’s).

The space age bubbly look of the older Leaf models hasn’t gone completely by the wayside, though the interior did see a dramatic update. A sportier new steering wheel has a lot of fans excited, and the seven-inch touchscreen interface has been integrated into the dashboard. The 2018 Nissan Leaf kept several elements from the old design, including the interesting gear shifter.

 

 

Though still on the smaller side to compensate for its necessary aerodynamic design, the 2018 Nissan Leaf screams one thing: we’re getting closer to having it all.

How Long Does it Take to Recharge?

When you’re ready to recharge, the 2018 Nissan Leaf will take between eight and 16 hours to recharge, though you can speed the process up by using a quick charger, which will get you to 80% power in around 40 minutes.

 

2018 Nissan Leaf Release Date

Though an official release date hasn’t been announced, we know that the newest model will go on sale in early 2018, with an MSRP of $29,990 for the most basic model.

 

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Destiny Hagest

By Destiny Hagest

 —  Destiny is a freelance writer with a background in sustainability and natural health. She lives in the mountains of central Montana with her husband and young son. When she's not writing or chasing her toddler, you can find her wandering the quiet wilderness in search of wild herbs and antler sheds.

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