Right now, we are halfway through 2015 but we haven’t heard anything regarding the second generation 2016 Nissan Leaf. According to reports from InsideEVs, the present generation Nissan Leaf could be equipped with a 30kWh battery pack on the high-end models also offer up to 105 miles of driving range per charge.
InsideEVs also comes with two unspecified dealerships that have been confirmed during this fall. The 2016 Nissan Leaf will come into the market with a 25% larger battery compared to the older 24kWh that is presently used.In accordance with the EPA testing method, this larger battery will allow 105 miles per charge, which is an
In accordance with the EPA testing method, this larger battery will allow 105 miles per charge, which is an upgrade over the earlier figures of 84 miles per charge. The 24kWh pack will be present in the base model of Nissan Leaf. Meanwhile, the SV and SL models will benefit from the 6.6kw fast charger, a bigger battery, along with a CHaDEMO quick-charging port in the SL models.
Coming with the 105 miles per charge, the 2016 Nissan Leaf will have the greatest driving range compared to any other EVs not built by Tesla Motors and this could help Nissan boost its slipping sales.
The year 2014 was a watershed year for Nissan Leaf sales. On top of that, 2015 has kicked off to a slower start for the Nissan Leaf thanks to rival EVs like Kia Soul EV, the Chevy Volt, and the luxurious BMW i3. At the same time, there are also other implications of this move.
In general, automakers don’t tend to make big upgrades like these when a vehicle is nearing a possible upcoming replacement. Many have assumed that the 2016 Nissan Leaf would be the last model before the next-generation variant is revealed.
At the same time, many are wondering if this move is designed to extend the production lifecycle of the current generation model. The next-generation Leaf might not be ready for its big debut yet and it has made Nissan offer this placeholder model instead.
Carlos Ghosn, the Nissan CEO has declared that the next Leaf will offer as much as 150 miles of range per charge and possibly up to 250. In case the replacement model isn’t ready yet, Nissan will have to prolong the life of the first generation model, a bit longer than they expected.
At the same time, Nissan could simply be testing the EV waters, and analyzing how consumers respond to increase battery options. Tesla has offered this aspect right from the beginning and Nissan will possibly move away from its one-battery-fits-all philosophy.