Tech News: New 2018 Nissan revealed

Since its invention, mass production, as well as affordability, of Ford Model T cars has been making a large impact on our daily lives. In recent years, car designers and makers have been making advancements due to the new technology coming out every day. With scientists arguing about the effects of gasoline cars on climate change and the cost of expensive gasoline, many drivers are turning to a new type of car: electric cars.

As the fall season quickly approaches, many car manufacturers are releasing their new 2018 car models. One of them is Nissan, as the company revealed its plans for the Leaf electric car on Sept. 6. The car can cover 150 miles on a single charge, and it is the first Nissan car to have ProPilot, a semi-autonomous driving technology.

What are the benefits of electric cars?

With the rise of climate change and gasoline prices, the popularity of electric cars has been increasing steadily. “An electric car is a car powered by an electric motor instead of a gasoline engine,” explains the website PluginCars. These types of cars are powered exclusively by electricity, so there are no expensive gas trips, oil changes or emissions checks. Additionally, there are no tailpipe emissions, which means there is less pollution. The cars are made by different utility companies, and cost two cents per mile. With increased energy storage and reducing costs, electric cars have been making new strides. Vehicles can now be charged at home instead of at a gas station.

What are the car’s features? Why is it so innovative?

The new Nissan 2018 Leaf is changing the electric car market as Nissan is making this car limited edition. This makes it more valuable and unique, as it is not a car one can buy at a dealership. As Nissan puts it, the Leaf has more range at 150 miles on a single charge, instant acceleration and 147 horsepower. Its new features also include “Zero Emission” and Nissan Intelligent Mobility. Along with all this, is the Nissan ProPilot Assist, which  “maintains your speed, helps keep you in the lane, and comes to a complete stop” for you.

Does this Nissan car rival a Tesla car?

One of the top respected manufacturers is Tesla. Although the Nissan Leaf can travel roughly 150 miles, the Tesla Model 3 can travel over 275 miles on a single charge, costing around $38,000. The Nissan Leaf faces “more direct competition from models including the Volkswagen e-Golf and BMW i3.” Many experts state that the Leaf is not close to challenging Tesla. Even though Nissan was one of the first automakers to introduce the electric car to the public, electric cars “still represent only a fraction of conventional vehicle sales.” Around two million electric vehicles were registered worldwide as of 2016, out of the over 80 million vehicles sold that year.