With its reveal still a month off, Nissan has released some new information regarding aerodynamic improvements we’ll see in the second-generation of its electric powered hatchback. Nissan claims the basic shape of the 2018 Leaf was inspired by an airplane wing profile and results in a more symmetrical flow pattern that helps reduce drag and also endows the car with zero lift at higher speeds to enhance its stability. The new Leaf’s lower-drag coefficient also will play a role in extending its range while contributing to better stability in crosswinds.

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Nissan still remains quiet on the issue of powertrain specs for the 2018 Leaf, although rumors continue to circulate that in addition to a larger standard lithium-ion battery the car could offer up to a 60 kWh pack that would move it far closer to the head of the EV field when it comes to per-charge range stats. The automaker has, however, confirmed the new Leaf will introduce its own form of e-Pedal one-foot driving tech as well as offer the firm’s ProPilot semi-autonomous operating capabilities.

More EVs and Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles:

2018 Honda Accord Clarity EV: Smooth operator, with asterisks

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Limited Quick Take

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf First Review


 

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