The all New Nissan LEAF has won Best Electric Car at the WhatCar? 2018 Awards. With Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies such as ProPilot and e-Pedal, it didn’t win just because it’s electric.
WhatCar? Editor Steve Huntingford says the LEAF won because it “combines excellent performance with generous standard equipment and low running costs.”
In the Technology Award-category, Nissan xStorage received a commendation for technology that uses recycled Nissan EV batteries to store energy when prices are low. It also gives customers the power to profit by selling excess energy back to the National Grid.
Available on the Leaf N-Connecta and above, Nissan ProPILOT helps make things easier, from dealing with traffic jams to keeping your distance on the motorway.
Nissan ProPILOT will:
Maintain your speed
Keep you in the lane
Bring you to a stop
Available on the Leaf Tekna, ProPILOT park will take the neck stretching, twisting and stress out of parking.
Nissan ProPILOT Park will:
Change gears for you
Use pedals for you
Steer into the space for you
How about driving with just one pedal? It's so simple! With the Nissan e-Pedal, you can accelerate and decelerate with a single, seamless movement. Just release the accelerator for automatic regenerative braking and depress again for acceleration. And if you ever need a more immediate stop there’s still a familiar brake pedal.
The powertrain of the second-generation LEAF3, which debuted in 2017, produces 110 kilowatts of power and 320 Nm of torque. Recently, a model with a new powertrain joined the lineup: the Nissan LEAF e+, which offers increased power and approximately 40% additional range4. Sales of the LEAF e+ began in late January in Japan. U.S. sales will begin this spring, and Europe will follow shortly thereafter.
The Nissan LEAF embodies the three pillars of Nissan Intelligent Mobility – Intelligent Power, Intelligent Drive and Intelligent Integration. The car’s innovative electric powertrains exemplify the first, while ProPILOT, available in many markets, showcases the second. Designed for single-lane driving on the highway, ProPILOT maintains speed and lane position while reducing driver fatigue. ProPILOT Park, available on models in Japan and Europe, accelerates, brakes and steers the car into a parking spot.
Nissan Energy is an ecosystem centered on Nissan electric vehicles that make them even more useful to customers by leveraging their batteries’ ability to store and share energy. It enables electric vehicle owners to easily connect their cars with energy systems to charge their batteries, power homes and businesses or help balance power grids. As part of Nissan Energy, the company has already started infrastructure pilots in Europe, Japan and the U.S., and future commercial uses are in development.
Nissan Energy also includes new efforts to reuse batteries, a vital step in enhancing the sustainability of electric vehicles. Along with strategic partners, Nissan has taken LEAF batteries and repurposed them for use in off-grid street lighting, power banks for sports complexes, and more.