On range, yes. But the Leaf has a few tricks up its sleeve.
The Nissan Leaf was a car that desperately needed a refresh. The original Leaf had a design that was hard to love and prices were plummeting on the used market because of the car's pitiful range of just 107 miles. Nissan has just revealed the all-new 2018 Leaf, which will have a host of advanced self-driving features. This new car will have two features called ProPILOT Assist and e-Pedal technologies, which combine adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist to allow the car to drive itself in a single lane.
Basically, the Leaf will control everything involving steering, braking and acceleration in traffic so the driver has to do almost nothing. The e-Pedal technology allows the driver to drive with only one pedal (the accelerator). With this feature, the car will recapture braking energy and slow the car down when the accelerator is not pressed without the need for pressing the brake pedal. The 2018 Leaf will start at $30,875 including destination, which is lower than its rival, the Tesla Model 3. This price will be even lower after factoring in a federal tax credit of $7,500, plus local incentives. This new Leaf sounds pretty great, but there is a catch.
The Tesla Model 3 will have an available range of up to 310 miles and the Chevy Bolt can go 238 miles on a charge. Despite the long range of competing models, the new Leaf only has a 40-kWh battery pack providing the EV with a 150-mile range. Nissan plans to release an "e-Plus" version of the car with 225 miles of range in 2019. Still, we don't know how Nissan plans to compete right now with an EV model that has nearly half the range of its competitors. We do like the new design of the Leaf compared to the old model. The car also has 147 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque, which is 40 hp and 49 lb-ft of torque more than the outgoing model.
The interior of the car also seems like a nice upgrade. The cockpit no longer looks like it belongs in a Star Trek episode, which should help it age better. It's no Model 3, but the new Leaf is a big improvement.