Amazing 2016 Nissan LEAF Driving Range Update
There’s a number of reasons why Nissan Leaf sales dropped by 25 percent in the first five months of this year and all of them seem pretty reasonable. With EV tax credits expiration and the first off-lease units available on the market, the automaker sold only 7,742 new cars by the end of May.
Naturally, they don’t like the fact that the epitome of an electric vehicle is having hard time on the market these days, so they decided to go with an instant and substantial update.
2016 Nissan Leaf Driving Range
This August, the 2016 Nissan Leaf will be launched with a battery that’s expected to provide enough power for EPA-estimated driving range of 125 miles. Reportedly, the lithium-ion battery will be the same size as the current one, but instead of delivering 24 kilowatt-hours, it will deliver 30 kilowatt-hours.
As a remainder, the current Leaf has EPA-estimated 84-mile driving range, so the improvement is notable. Of course, the 2016 Leaf won’t be able to provide the exact driving range as EPA estimated, but the automaker expects its green hatchback to be able to travel somewhere between 105 and 110 miles on a single charge.
However, the automaker’s decision to tackle the most common issue with electric cars, the Leaf’s driving range, might not bring lots of astonishing results instantly. They are aware that the competition is fierce nowadays and they’re preparing for the near future better than we anticipated.
New Trick in Nissan’s Sleeve
After the 2016 Nissan Leaf with significantly improved driving range, the plan is to release the new generation that’s already in the experimental test phase. The next generation Nissan Leaf will be able to provide a range of more than 310 miles.
So, the next-gen technology will make the Leaf not just a green car for modest anxious rides around the block (although even the current one has more than enough driving range to be used as a commuter car without hesitation), but a true rival to the fossil-fuel cars.
Next-Gen Nissan Leaf Release
No one can estimate with certainty when the next-gen Leaf with more than 310 miles of driving range will be available, but it’s clear that they wouldn’t offer the updated 2016 Leaf without thinking about the next-gen release.
Therefore, it would be safe to assume that the all-new Leaf cannot be expected in the next year or two. But, as they surprised us with the updated Leaf whose driving range is almost 49 percent better, we either can’t say that they won’t make yet another surprise sooner than expected.
Source: Automotive News (subscription required)