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Nissan plans to launch Leaf in 2018, might get FAME benefit

Nissan plans to launch Leaf in 2018, might get FAME benefit
Nikhil Puthran Nikhil Puthran Monday 10 April 2017, 15:50 PM

Nissan Leaf, world’s best-selling electric vehicle, is finally expected to make it to India next year. With the current generation model nearing its end globally, the new model is very likely to be introduced in India. In order to keep the price in check, the vehicle is expected to be assembled in the country. It is believed that Nissan might showcase the new model at the 2018 Auto Expo event in the country.

Locally assembling the Leaf in the country allows Nissan to benefit under the FAME scheme, which means that the all-electric vehicle might be lucratively priced. The new model will be introduced in the country as one of the eight products that will be launched by 2021. The upcoming second-generation Leaf will offer a choice of new battery packs and improved driving range. Given rising environmental concerns and growing efforts by automakers to encourage buyers, the new Leaf will be more of a mass market vehicle.

On the design aspect, the new Nissan Leaf carries forth the V-motion grille and body-side sculpting from the IDS Concept which was showcased in 2015. The new model will no longer get the vertical tail lamps, instead it will get horizontally positioned assembly lamps. Nissan first introduced the Leaf way back in 2010 and since then, the automaker has reportedly sold over 1 lakh units in the United States.

The new model, like the current generation will continue to generate similar power output figure of 107bhp. The existing ones are offered with 24kWh and 30kWh battery models which have a driving range of 228kms and 280kms, respectively. As a part of the upgrade, the upcoming model will get a 60 kWh battery option that is expected to offer a driving range of over 322km.

Source: ETA

 

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