If you were hesitant a few years ago to turn to an electric car, it's high time to take a look at the new products that have been introduced in the EV segment over the past year. Indeed, there is no shortage of quality choices, especially if we're talking about the Chevrolet Bolt and the all-new 2018 Nissan Leaf introduced a few weeks ago.
Here are two models that were certainly among the most anticipated of the year, and that many experts would agree are now the leaders in the electric car segment. They are the latest models to emerge in the segment, and consumers are therefore entitled to the best in terms of technology, autonomy and driving performance.
So how do you choose which model is right for you?
A more affordable price for the 2018 Nissan Leaf compared to the Bolt
There are two notable differences between the Chevrolet Bolt and the 2018 Nissan Leaf. The first is in the range while the second is in the price. With its new 40 kWh battery, the 2018 Nissan Leaf can travel 241 kilometers between recharges. The Bolt, on the other hand, can travel 383 kilometers.
So it would seem that at first glance, the 2018 Nissan Leaf is at a disadvantage. However, there's also the price to consider. The 2018 Nissan Leaf will start at $35,998 and will be eligible for the $8,000 rebate offered by the Quebec government. The Bolt is too, but its starting price is close to $45,000.
That's a difference of nearly $8,000 (after taking into account preparation and other costs) between the Bolt and the new Leaf. That's a lot of money, so buyers have to wonder if it's worth the extra 140 kilometers, especially since the Leaf can get about 190 kilometers of range in 40 minutes.
Safety technologies that stand out for the 2018 Nissan Leaf
In addition to its more affordable price, the 2018 Nissan Leaf also has the edge in terms of driver assistance technologies. In fact, when the Leaf makes its debut in Canada in early 2018, it will offer a system called Nissan ProPilot that is very advanced and has no equivalent in its segment.
It's actually a set of driver-assist features that ensure the 2018 Leaf will maintain its lane by automatically adjusting steering when needed, and it can even brake if another vehicle suddenly cuts you off or if there's congestion ahead. ProPilot also bundles smart cruise control designed to maintain a preset distance from the vehicle in front of you.
With its advanced safety features and more affordable price, the 2018 Nissan Leaf is probably the best option for those who want to get more for their money. To learn more about the new 2018 Nissan Leaf, contact us today at Belvedere Nissan!