Jonathan Gitlin

YOUNTVILLE, Calif.—Nissan arguably doesn't get nearly enough credit for mainstreaming the electric vehicle. Sure, Tesla made EVs cool among Silicon Valley's venture-capital set who aspire to a clean, fast, and prosperous future. And the Chevrolet Bolt is GM's second bite at the cherry that actually worked, proving all those EV-1s didn't die in vain. But since 2010, it's Nissan that has actually been selling the most cars, with more than 290,000 Leafs worldwide, 114,000 of them here in the US.

Now there's an all-new Leaf, one with better range, more power, better technology, and for less money than before. After spending the day driving one, I came away impressed.

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