The new Nissan Leaf won two international honors at the Consumer Electronic Show’s CES Unveiled ceremony last week.
Named the “CES Best of Innovation for Vehicle Intelligence and Self Driving Technology” and “Tech for a Better World” by the Consumer Technology Association, the awards were given to recognize Nissan’s advancements in its ProPILOT and e-Pedal technology, its driver assistance suite and a new pedal handling acceleration, deacceleration, and braking. Braking is done by easing up on the pedal. This marks the brand’s first international award.
“It is a great honor to have this early and important recognition for the new Nissan Leaf,” said Daniele Schillaci, Nissan’s executive vice-president for global marketing and sales, zero-emission vehicles and the battery business, and chairman of the management committee for the Japan/A&O region. “This award recognizes products and technologies that benefit people and the planet, so it is fitting that the new Leaf has been honored. It is more than just a car. It is the icon of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, our vision to move people to a better world.”
According to Nissan, other changes to the 2018 Nissan Leaf include a lower profile, more emphasis on aerodynamics to maximize range, 150-mile range, and 147 horsepower. A more expensive 200-plus mile rated Leaf will go on sale in 2019.
The Consumer Technology Association is a trade organization responsible for the annual Consumer Electronics Show and Sinoces, two of the largest consumer trade shows held in the United States and China. The firm regularly holds conferences and events to highlight emerging technology in the fields of virtual reality, robotics, self-driving cars, encryption, environmental sustainability, and others. It also works with local, state and federal governments to influence policy beneficial to the “innovation economy.”
The 2018 Nissan Leaf is already on sale in Japan. Look for it to make its U.S. debut some time early next year and in Western Europe by Feb. 2018.