Nine things you should know about the 2018 Nissan Leaf electric car Page 2

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(8) It won't be at U.S. dealers until "early 2018."

The 2018 Leaf goes on sale in Japan early next month, but it won't arrive at North American dealers until early next year.

U.S. buyers can now register with the company online, however, to reserve a new Leaf at their local dealer.

(9) Its 40-kwh battery pack has the same form factor as the older 24- and 30-kwh packs in 2011 through 2017 Leafs.

For owners of older Leafs from the 2011 through 2017 model years, the idea of a pack swap just got more interesting.

Nissan engineers said the 40-kwh pack in the 2018 car uses the same form factor and connections as the earlier car's battery.

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The new car draws more power from its motor, and there are likely unspecified changes to its power electronics as well.

Still, does that mean that older Leafs with 24-kwh packs that are now losing capacity could have a newer 2018 pack fitted? And what would such a pack cost?

Inquiring minds want to know ... but we fear that story will have to wait for another day.

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