Nissan is an obvious leader in the eco-friendly, electric vehicle industry. They were the first company to produce a mass-market all-electric vehicle when they offered the first Leaf model in 2010. Since then, they have continued to improve on the original, making the Leaf one of the best electric vehicles in the world with more than 281,000 models sold to date.
The announced release of the new 2018 Nissan Leaf, which is set to go on sale in January 2018 in the US, has excited our staff at Nissan World of Red Bank. While Nissan has been producing the all-electric Leaf models for 7 years, the 2018 version has been redesigned to provide more convenience, better range, improved power, and a more streamlined aerodynamic design. Here’s why we’re so happy to introduce it to our Red Bank Nissan dealership.
New Leaf Design
The 2018 Nissan Leaf is a stylish 5-passenger, 5-door hatchback that offers sleek lines to improve aerodynamics over earlier models. It is designed with a rear diffuser to readily enable air to flow smoothly underneath and behind the car, and the newly redesigned headlines are built to deflect airflow away from the side mirrors. The charging port on the front of the car has been re-designed on the 2018 model, as well. The new port features a 45-degree angle to make charging more convenient and accessible.
Nissan’s also incorporated an improved battery inside the 2018 Leaf, which will offer faster charging times and longer range. A 40-kW battery will get the job done and charges in 16 hours with a 3kW normal charger, 8 hours with a 6kW charger, or up to 80% in 40 minutes with a quick charger. Most public New Jersey and NYC charging stations offer a 50-kW charger, which will provide approximately 88 miles of range in as little as 30 minutes.
While the current 2017 Leaf averages a range of 155 miles on a single charge, rumor has it that the new Leaf will travel about 235 miles on one charge.
The 2018 Nissan EV offers an improvement in power over current versions. The new e-powertrain provides 110kW of power rather than the current 80kW, allowing it to accelerate from 0 to 60 in a peppy 7.9 seconds.
The new Leaf EV offers plenty of technology to make driving and charging easy, safe, and convenient.
A Nissanconnect® EV App allows you to use your phone to automatically charge your Nissan Leaf on a timer, make your vehicle the perfect temperature before you even get in, see your estimated driving range, and find nearby e-charging stations.
The 2018 Nissan Leaf comes with Nissan’s ProPILOT™ Assist Technology. With ProPILOT™, you can follow the car ahead of you at a preset distance, keep your car centered in your lane, or even have the car automatically bring your Nissan LEAF to a full stop based on the traffic flow.
The innovative e-Pedal technology, which turns the accelerator pedal into an electric pedal at the touch of a button, allows you to speed up, slow down, or stop with just the one pedal. It can even bring the car to a complete halt on hills—and stay there. This is designed to make driving easier and more fun.
Finding New Jersey & New York Charging Stations
New Jersey and New York offer plenty of public charging stations for the Leaf, with even more being planned. According to the New Jersey Bureau of Mobile Sources, wherever you are in NJ, you are within a 25-mile radius of an EV Fast Charger station. Taken in context, 95% of the state falls within these 25-mile radius zones, so you won’t have to worry about charging your Nissan Leaf in Red Bank or Marlboro.
New York currently offers over 200 EV sites that provide more than 400 electrified parking spaces. A March 2017 press release by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo detailed the state’s plans to install 450 more charging stations in the near future, meaning your work commute won’t be stressful.
Benefits of Using the Leaf to Commute
Driving the new Leaf EV to commute to work is an excellent choice for all the obvious reason—saving money, protecting the environment, being cool—but there are a few other perks to owning Nissan’s electric vehicle.
For 2018, the new Leaf is designed to be quieter than most gas-powered cars while also providing a relaxing, smooth ride. You don’t have to fret over stopping at the gas station and waiting for an attendant to pump for you, either, as you can conveniently charge your Leaf overnight in your own garage.
The cost-per-mile to power an EV is approximately one-third to one-quarter the cost of gasoline (on a cost-per-mile basis, so you’ll save money). And because the Leaf doesn’t have an exhaust system and doesn’t need oil changes, maintenance costs are reduced. If you do need to perform routine maintenance, our Red Bank Nissan service center can help.
Of course, driving a Leaf to work every day helps your community by improving the air quality. With no gas-combustion and carbon dioxide emissions, you help keep the air we breathe so fresh and so clean.
Nissan Leaf Tax and Fee Incentives
New Leaf owners can save money with EV tax and fee incentives, as well.
New Jersey waives the mandatory vehicle emissions testing for electric car owners. If you use a New Jersey EZ-Pass, you may qualify for the Green Pass Discount, which saves you 10% on tolls during off-peak hours. The state of New Jersey even exempts you from paying the sales and use tax when you buy, rent, or lease a new Leaf.
The Turnpike Commission also allows you to use the High-Occupancy Express Lanes on the New Jersey Turnpike from Interchange 11 (in the Township of Woodbridge) to Interchange 14 (in the City of Newark), regardless of how many passengers you have in your electric car. Certain time restrictions apply.
Insurance companies often offer discounts for electric vehicles, so be sure to call your insurance agent to find out how much you can save simply by owning the ‘18 Leaf.
The federal government provides additional several tax incentives for electric-vehicle owners, including a federal income tax credit of up to $7,500. You may also get a discount or rebate on home charging stations.
Get Prepared for the New Nissan Leaf
Once the New Year unfolds, we should be ready to start dishing out the greatness that is the 2018 Nissan Leaf! Come take a look at our Nissan dealership near Eatontown, and you’ll leaf with one of the world’s finest EVs—guaranteed. For more details about the new Leaf or any of our fuel-efficient Nissan cars near Middletown, contact our sales team at (732) 704-7860. We also invite you into our car dealership at 120 Newman Springs Rd in Red Bank, NJ, to take a test drive.
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