TOKYO (May 25, 2018) – Nissan has unveiled the Nissan Leaf Open Car, which is an open air version of the new Nissan Leaf in Tokyo. Don't get too excited though. It's just a concept. There are no plans yet to produce it.
Still...It's a convertible which does add excitement to what is perhaps the most successful all electric car model in the world - The Leaf, and if the company is taking time to show this convertible version off to the world at a conference, it's quite obvious Nissan execs, must be thinking seriously of putting a convertible version of the Leaf into production. For now though drivers here in Canada and the US will just have to lower the windows and let the breeze flow to get that open air electric motoring feeling.
The EPA has given the 2018 Nissan Leaf an estimated range of 151 miles from its 40-kWh battery which is a 40% improvement over the previous model. It's rated 125 MPGe in the city and 100 MPGe on the highway, or 112 MPGe combined.
MPGe was created as a way to compared electrified vehicles to their gas counterparts. A gallon of gas is considered equal to about 33.7 kWh of battery power. Thus, a car that can travel more than 100 miles on that much charge has an MPGe in the triple-digit range.
While Tesla is pushing hard to get their new mass production electric car for the masses to market in meaningful quantities, Nissan unveiled the convertible Leaf to celebrate the milestone of 100-thousand Leaf sales in Japan since its introduction in 2010. Nissan's Leaf is part of a vision and strategy at the car company to create a "zero emission" society", according Nissan executives.
The newest version of the Leaf, debuted last October. improved range and advanced Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies such as e-Pedal, the ProPILOT driver assistance system and ProPILOT Park*.
There are currently no production plans for the LEAF Open Car.