Nissan Postpones Debut of High-Performance Leaf EV
Nissan Motor Co. has canceled events later this week in Amsterdam and Yokohama to unveil an upgraded version of the Leaf electric car.
The move comes amid an unrelated, continuing investigation into former chairman Carlos Ghosn, who was arrested last week on suspicion of financial misconduct and conspiracy. Ghosn championed the Leaf, which was launched in 2010, and Nissan’s push into other electrified vehicles.
Nissan tells Reuters it will hold the Leaf unveiling at a later date to ensure the vehicle receives “the coverage it merits.” The 2019 model is expected to get a more powerful battery (60 kWh) that extends driving range by one-third to 200 miles.
A young(ish) guy that I’ve known for a number of years, a man who spent the better part of his career writing for auto buff books and who is a car racer on the side, mentioned to me that his wife has a used Lexus ES Hybrid.
The engineers at Munro & Associates have taken a perfectly sound BMW i3 and taken it apart. Completely apart. And they are impressed with what they’ve discovered about how the EV is engineered.
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