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Nissan aims for pole position in electric cars with longer-range Leaf

Nissan has unveiled a new version of its Leaf electric car with a longer range as it vies for a leading role in the electric car market.
The MKII Leaf will have a 235-mile range on a single charge of its 40 kilowatt hour battery - about 50pc more than the current version - according to the company, which also has plans for a 310-mile range car.
The Leaf is the bestselling electric car in the world with more than 283,000 of the green vehicles on the road but the Japanese company faces intense competition from rivals with even greater ranges.
Nissan aims for pole position in electric cars with longer-range Leaf

A bigger battery will give the new Leaf a claimed 235-mile range

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The most high profile is billionaire Elon Musks Tesla, whose S and X models claim ranges of about 275 miles, though these cars are considerably more expensive than the Leaf, the current version of which is priced from about ?24,000 before green grants.
Tesla recently launched a mass-market vehicle - the Model 3 - which is expected to have a range of about 220 miles for the base version and set to cost about ?30,000.
Electrically-powered cars are the fastest growing car sector in the UK, according to the latest new vehicle registration data.
Figures from industry trade association the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show that demand for them grew 58pc over the past year, with 3,968 registered in August.
However, the still represent only a small part of the market, even though their market share grew from 3.1pc of the total a year ago to 5.2pc now.
Demand is being fuelled by tightening global emissions regulations, which have seen several countries commit to banning the sale of new cars with conventional engines by 2040, though this does not necessarily exclude hybrids which use a combination of internal combustion engines and electric systems.
Nissan aims for pole position in electric cars with longer-range Leaf

The new car will have an 'e-pedal' meaning drivers do not need to touch the brake in normal driving situations
Nissan is also incorporating automated technology to aid drivers in the new Leaf, as part of its intelligent mobility programme.
This includes systems which take on some of the functions of the human driver, such as controlling the car on single lanes, self-parking and what Nissan is calling e-pedal. This uses a single pedal which allows drivers to start, accelerate, decelerate and stop simply by adjusting their input upon the accelerator pedal. A conventional braking pedal remains in place to deal with what Nissan calls aggressive braking situations.
Hiroto Saikawa, Nissan chief executive, said the new car strengthens Nissans electric vehicle leadership, as well as the expansion of electric vehicles globally. It also has the core strengths that will be embodied by future Nissan models.
Nissan currently builds the Leaf in at its plants in Sunderland in the UK, Smyrna in Tennessee, and Oppama, Japan. The new version goes on sale in Japan next month and with deliveries in North America and Europe starting in January 2018.
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