2016 Nissan Leaf: Travelling Range Updated Thanks to the Higher Capacity Battery, Enjoys Record-Breaking Sales Worldwide, And More

Nissan recently unveiled its Global Green Program and in it, the company highlighted the roles of electric vehicles in the reduction of emission and protection of our cities, environment and quality of life.

According to the data collected by Nissan, approximately 50million kilograms of CO2 emission has been prevented by 41,000 pure electric Nissan Leaf’s driven across Europe.

Meanwhile, the rumors involving a longer-range battery for the 2016 Nissan Leaf has been circulating for quite some time now. Nissan is quite reluctant in revealing any details of the upcoming Nissan Leaf but rumors suggest an increase in range which should be a welcome for most green car lovers.

According to Automotive News, a long-range 2016 Nissan Leaf could be launching soon. However, keep in mind that this longer-model isn’t going to be a 2017 or 2018th edition.

In fact, it will be a new update to the long-running Nissan Leaf, introduced in 2010. Automotive News further details that the new battery will have a 30 kWh capacity which is an improvement over 2015’s 24kWh.

The report further indicates that the battery housing will remain the same. The report failed to mention whether the new battery will be a standard addition to the present leaf or whether it will be an add-on with extra cost required.

We are not sure whether this change will be available only for USA or will it includes Japan and UK as well. With a 25 percent increase in the energy capacity, it is expected that the vehicle’s range will be boosted to 105 miles from 84 miles.

However, according to an unnamed source as indicated in the report, Nissan expects that this change will accomplish ‘an EPA-rated range of about 125 miles on a full charge’; however, the real-world range should be closer to 105-110 miles.

Similar to the Nissan Leaf, the Chevrolet Volt has already gone through three increases in its battery energy capacity. It is expected that the updates to the motor, the power electronics, the regenerative braking, and/or the powertrain control software will result in a higher range rating than what the boost in battery would provide.

This is evident because earlier these modifications have boosted the 2013 model’s range to 84 miles on a complete charge. It is a substantial improvement over the 73-mile rating in 2012-2011 models.

In case of the Chevrolet Volt, the 2011-2012 model cars had a 16 kWh battery, the 2013-2014 model cars featured a 16.5 kWh battery while the 2015 had a 17.1 kWh battery. The second-generation Volt has an increased battery capability of 18.4 kWh.

Meanwhile, according to current growth figures, estimations suggest that by 2050, there will be as many as 2.5 Billion vehicles worldwide, which is a major bump over today’s 1 billion. The CO2 emissions are presently estimated at 600 million tons worldwide. As a result, transport will have a major hand in shaping future cities.

According to Institute for Energy Diversification and saving, placing 1000 electric vehicles on city streets will decrease CO2 emissions by more than 2000tons every year.

On top of that, it will significant reduce the noise-pollution levels. This is because Nissan’szero0-emission vehicles, like e-NV200 and the Leaf is more silent than a standard ceiling fan.

According to Paul Willcox, Chairman for Nissan Europe, the Nissan Leaf and the e-NV200 zero-emission vehicles can be utilized by a variety of businesses. These vehicles are also financially beneficial as the can cut maintenance costs by 40% compared to a standard conventional fuel-utilizing vehicle.

Using the Nissan Leaf will cut fuel expenditure between three to four times. According to the tariff, the cost in electricity stands at €1 and €2 per 100 kilometers.

Paul Willcox further stated, “It really is possible to put in place efficient and sustainable mobility models which prevent pollutant emissions, protect the environment and also meet the individual, collective and business transport needs of today’s society.”