Highlights of Nissan’s 300-mile Ariya, its first electric vehicle in 10 years

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This article was originally published by Michael Coates on Clean fleet report, a publication that gives its readers the information they need to transition to the most fuel-efficient cars and trucks, including electric cars, fuel cells, plug-in hybrids, hybrids, and diesel and gasoline engines advances. The Ariya is similar in size to Nissan’s bestseller Rogue crossover, but aimed at a new audience. The all-electric compact SUV will be available in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive (dual engine) versions. It offers two powertrains, a 63 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery paired with a single 215-horsepower (hp) electric motor or an 87-kWh battery with 389 hp in total from two engines. Range is estimated at 267 miles for the smaller battery and 379 miles for the larger, based on the generous WLTP test cycle. In the United States, Nissan has said it hopes to exceed 300 miles of range with the larger battery in a two-wheel drive configuration. Prices in the United States will start “around $ 40,000,” according to Nissan.

Inside of Concept d’Ariya had a minimalist dashboard with two large display screens (12.3 inches) and haptic touch control buttons. It will come with the latest version of Nissan’s Safety Shield 360 which will allow hands-free driving. The Ariya will launch in Japan in mid-2021 and hit the US market before the end of next year, joining a crowded electric crossover field.