2018 Nissan Leaf is the star of new Japanese carsharing service

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Carsharing, where several people have access to a car belonging to a separate party, is taking off in many corners of the world. And now Nissan has its own service to add to that stack of existing programs.

Nissan announced this week that it will present the Nissan e-Share Mobi carsharing service in Japan early next year. The program has no membership fees, nor fees related to the distance traveled. Heck, there aren’t even any membership cards – a driver’s license replaces an official membership card.

Want to test ProPilot without spending tens of thousands of dollars? If you are in Japan, here is your ticket.

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One thing that drivers will have to pay, however, are the tolls. Every Nissan e-Share Mobi car comes with a card that will cover toll charges on the way, but those toll charges will then be passed on to the driver. Cars will be cleaned daily when not in use, so you won’t have to worry about tissues and cups being used by someone else.

The first vehicle in the program is, unsurprisingly, the all-new Nissan 2018 Leaf EV. The Leaf is equipped with ProPilot, Nissan’s semi-autonomous lane-keeping system. So, not only is this a good program for city dwellers without cars, but it’s a great way to experience new in-car technology without paying a lot of money for the entire car.

The program will start at 30 different sharing stations in various Japanese prefectures, including Tokyo, Kanagawa, Kyoto and Osaka. Nissan hopes to expand it to other parts of the country after that, but it is not yet clear whether Nissan plans to offer similar services in different countries, including the United States.

Now in production in the United States, the 2018 Nissan Leaf offers much more than the first generation. The range is around 150 miles, with a bigger battery on the way pushing the range north of 225 miles. Its 147-horsepower electric motor is also almost 50% more powerful than that of the outgoing model.


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