Nissan unveils new electric car in bid to fend off competition

The new car will be available next month in Japan, followed by the United States and Canada


Afp September 06, 2017
Nissan unveils new electric car in bid to drive off competition PHOTO: AFP

Japanese giant Nissan Wednesday unveiled a new electric car with an extended range and semi-autonomous driving functions, as it seeks to battle off competitors in a sector it once pioneered.

The second-generation Nissan Leaf has a potential range of 400 kilometres (250 miles) between charges, compared with 250 kilometres for its previous version.

It also boasts semi-autonomous driving capabilities such as keeping the vehicle automatically in one lane on the motorway or parking without human intervention.

Toyota set to sell long-range, fast-charging electric cars in 2022: paper

Hiroto Saikawa, president and chief executive officer of Nissan, said in a statement that the new vehicle "strengthens" the firm's "leadership" in the electric car sector.

PHOTO: AFP

Nissan was an innovator in the sector seven years ago when it unveiled its first Leaf -- which has sold 280,000 units -- but has since had to contend with fierce competition from General Motors and Tesla among others.

Faced with tighter global environmental regulations, most carmakers are investing heavily in the electric car sector, sparking a ferocious race to create the next green vehicle.

Tesla moves a step closer to building electric cars in China

The new car will be available next month in Japan, followed by the United States and Canada.

The price tag in Japan will be 3.15 million yen (around $29,000).

COMMENTS

Replying to X

Comments are moderated and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive.

For more information, please see our Comments FAQ

E-Publications

Most Read