In August we were the first to try it Galaxy Note 9, the smartphone of the premium line of Samsungbefore he arrived in the country. Now we are the first to be the second generation of the Nissan Leaf, the best-selling 100% electric car in the world, which will arrive next year in Ecuador and other countries in Latin America.
EXPRESS traveled to San Francisco to feel the power, the softness and the immediate response that this car promises, next to zero emissions and a range of 378 km with its 40 kilowatt / hour battery (depending on the version).
Going behind the wheel in an automatic car is very comfortable, but driving a Leaf is extremely comfortable. Imagine this: no gear lever or three pedals, instead one control lever to choose between parking, ride and turning back and only two pedals, of which in mode ePedal you only need one to accelerate and brake.
As you read this, when you activate this mode that has four fingers removed from the handle, driving is dependent on a single pedal, accelerator. That is, the car is held by gradually lifting the foot of the accelerator and completely stopping and continuing to brake, even on slopes, when the foot is completely removed. The brake, with ePedal is only used at specific times, almost in case of emergency.
In the beginning it might be a bit weird, but it works well, fairly progressively, you get used to it and in the end it turns out to be pretty practical, either in full traffic, if you go through the Golden Gate Bridge or avoiding the curves of the roads around the Forests of Muir.
It also brings other technologies to stand out if its multimedia system is compatible with Android Auto and Apple Carplay, the almost autonomous parking system (ProPilot Park) and the temporary autopilot (ProPilot) for highway and traffic jams.
PROPILOTon the other hand, it is a way that allows autonomous driving on the road. When activated, by pressing a button on the steering wheel and setting the speed with which we want to move, keep the car in the middle of the road, both in curves and in a straight line, circulating at the distance we mark it vehicle that precedes and accelerates or comes to stop everything, depending on it.
This system includes cameras & # 39; s and a software for image processing 3D that recognize and read the lines of the road and the vehicles that circulate through it. With this information it works on the accelerator pedal, the brake and the steering, to keep the blade between 30 and 100 km / h in the path.
The radars and cameras from the Nissan Leaf also allow us to use a feature we loved, ProPilot Park. This mode effortlessly guides the car in parallel, obliquely, forward or backward; In this way, the stress of the driver is reduced, because the system controls the accelerator, the brake and the steering. The driver controls the area around the vehicle and if necessary applies the brakes.
The Nissan Leaf is the most iconic mobility effort of the brand with regard to its vision on the future of vehicles, which essentially translates into three principles: zero shocks, no emissions and an immersive experience.
It is also completely friendly. It's like going from an Android phone to another Android. Five minutes or less to start the test completely strange, a second pedal, except the third. Braking is much faster than you might think and immediately understands the need for delay.
The only anxiety that we are jumping over its announced arrival in the country in 2019 is the lack of charging points, although Nissan has ensured that the Leaf can be tax quiet at home. The need for the battery of the smartphone to arrive at the end of the day, however, could not prevent him from being placed on the vehicle, with the annoyance that he was stranded in the center of the city.
In short, go on a electric vehicle For the first time, it has forgotten how it feels to deal with it. Suddenly there are no speeds, obviously no third pedal and the engine is too quiet (if you forget, you can forget whether it is on or off).
The Nissan Leaf, whose introductory price for the Latin market is unknown, seems a good step in the direction of the future of hyper-connected cars, full of technologies that make the gearbox look like a bobber out of the century.