The Nissan Leaf is trying to keep up with new electric vehicles that are currently in development.
Never one to shy away from bold statements, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn recently told shareholders that the company is working on an EV with range “comparative to today’s conventional vehicles” and that it’ll be available “in the near future.” During the meeting, Ghosn showed a video of a next-generation Leaf mule testing new battery technology, starting with 417 km (259 miles) on the odometer and returns with more than 200 km (124 mile) remaining after going on a drive.
It has been reported numerous times that the next-generation Leaf is aiming to have at least a 250-mile range and the Japanese automaker confirmed it is testing “new materials and chemistry solutions in order to make thinner, lighter weight and less costly batteries.” Along with the ability to create an EV with comparable driving range to an internal combustion engine, Nissan is also aiming for vehicles that charge faster.
The next-generation Nissan Leaf is expected to arrive around 2018-2019 and for the meantime, Nissan is likely equipping the 2016 Leaf with a 30-kWh battery to give it a 105-mile range. Unfortunately given that time frame, the Chevrolet Bolt will likely steal some market share and the next Nissan Leaf will face stiff competition from the Tesla Model 3.
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