The Nissan Leaf Range
When Tesla literally laid down the foundations of the personal use EV back in 2008 and 2012 with Tesla Model S going mass production there was truly just one other establisehed old car brand that was quick enough to follow the suit and immediately insert itself into the race - Nissan.
Being the progressive company they are the French giant Nissan made sure to be the first major competitor to Tesla which it still remains to this day both in terms of sales and comparable metrics and the priicing.
Though the idea of competing with Tesla was central here, the whole range is indeeed limited to just one car type unlike what the like of Audi and BMW did with too many variants spread thin - as the Leaf range focused exclusively on being a 4-door hatchback. So while its performance and comfort and pricing value is definitely in the mid to top line range compared to other brands the car type being a small-size classifies it as an entry-level range. Definitely targeting both European fans and newbies to the EV market looking to lose most power and performance features for a good entry price on the first EV car, the Leaf range is meant to be more of a family car more than anything. Still it was the Leaf range that inserted and kept Nissan in the conversation.
With being limited as a range to one car type unlike Audi with its e-tron, the LEaf range has proved to be a very consistent range offering similar variants that both in its power and performance and the price can be directly compared to the more petit Tesla Model Y or Model 3. Its FWD with 1 to 2 motors depending on the specific variant of the range showcases some decent enough attributes across the board despite its size.
While surely being in the game of competing with the market leader Tesla, it is crucial to compare the Niro range to that brand both in terms of specs and looks. So comparing how technically and technologically, not even mentioning comfort wise did this range get to Tesla it might be a quite so close call. A very quick gander at the specs in the range shows how an idea of an EV became a reality for the Nissan brand fans as well.
Talking about the looks as well - we can say that unlike Tesla, Nissan has gone the safer route and made its SUVs look like a more of a generic family car with streamlined features. Its updated range has both a somewhat minimalistic futuristic body form as a sedan and a very minimalistic yet stylish interior finsh with some premium options.
As the looks and design are very important for any car range for sure, the specs and performance are truly everything. Based on just judging the Leaf range on the merit of it specs and metrics, let's take a look at the fact that depending on the variant its EPA certified electric range and starts o to 60 at kind of low still acceptable 7.1 seconds which is not much at all. Unfortunately where it is kind of average to lackluster in terms of max speed or acceleration or other show-off features, it also does not gain in range to improve the impression. More power and performance metrics that make it truly stand out from the rest, including the ever so important for EVs range. This tranlsates to when the journey has already begun, it will deliver you as far as the official EPA rated range of up to 171 mi without a single recharge definitely seems like a barrier for some buyers. This means that avid out of the city and interstate travelers will not be very likely to grace it with their attention but it works for most average traveling in between.
Somewhat lower priced than a few other smal sized EVs, which might make buyers or people new to the EV world ignore a lack of some things other top-of-the-line ranges like Tesla Model X or other offer at a higher cost.
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that combined make for a very satifsfying feeling when inside it on the road.