Latest Nissan electric car, Leaf EV unveiled at CES

OVER the last week or so we’ve seen some wild concepts from Nissan at CES (IMx) and NAIAS (Xmotion), but as usual, its Leaf EV is quietly a story as well. The revamped electric vehicle is weeks away from going on sale, and the company tells Engadget that there are already 13,000 pre-orders.

With a newly-extended range capable of 150 miles on a charge, its price starts at less than $30k (N10,738,470.65) before any tax credit for the base model and buyers can actually expect to receive one in 2018.

Over the last week or so we’ve seen some wild concepts from Nissan at CES (IMx) and NAIAS (Xmotion), but as usual, its Leaf EV is quietly a story as well. The revamped electric vehicle is weeks away from going on sale, and the company tells Engadget that there are already 13,000 pre-orders. With a newly-extended range capable of 150 miles on a charge, its price starts at less than $30k (before any tax credit) for the base model and buyers can actually expect to receive one in 2018.

Meanwhile, the XMotion concept serves as a design exercise that combines the company’s Japanese heritage and traditional materials with new technology. In the middle of the crossover SUV there’s a wooden console using “traditional Japanese architectural wood joinery techniques” called kanawa tsugi that features a “floating commander” ready to interpret passenger’s gestured-orders with its motion sensor.

While that may be more realistic at some level of an Inception dream, the brake lights are particularly intriguing, using holographic projection. When German suppliers Hella and Covestro showed off holographic auto lighting technology in 2016, they said that it could reduce lighting installation depth with smaller lamps. We’ll see if it reaches production in time to arrive on the next-gen Leaf, or, more likely, a slightly milder crossover than the Xmotion.

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