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New Battery Makes Longer-Range Nissan LEAF a Possibility

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We may see a longer-range Nissan LEAF in the future.

As the technology in the electric vehicle segment continues to advance, so do the demands for a car with more range. Luckily for those consumers who want a longer range battery, Nissan just announced some good and bad news. The good news? The Japanese carmaker is currently developing a longer-range Nissan LEAF. The bad news? It’s not likely to arrive on the market until 2016 or 2017.

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According to Andy Palmer, Nissan’s product chief, the topic of enhancing the LEAF’s range is part of an “intense internal debate” at the company, with two different sides. One side believes that the 2014 LEAF’s current range (84 miles) is plenty for the majority of consumers, while others think that more consumers would be interested in the LEAF if its range was in the triple digits.
Because we’ve already gotten a glimpse at the Canadian version of the 2014 Nissan LEAF (the only big change was in the selection of paint colors), this means that the earliest this higher-range battery could be available is 2016. Currently, the LEAF boasts a 24-kWh battery pack. With a slightly higher kWh, the tiny electric car could easily get triple digits.

The EV has already been successful, but a new providing for a longer-range Nissan LEAF could make it even more popular. What do you think?

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  • Randy MooreInternet Manager

    Randy Moore is the Internet Manager at Cronic Nissan in Griffin, GA. Cronic Nissan has been serving the Griffin and surrounding Georgia cities since 1975. With an intense focus on customer service and satisfaction, Cronic Nissan is the true hometown Nissan Dealer.

  • Llew Keller

    I my opinion, electric cars will only be for green purist types until the range problem can be solved with bettery battery technology. Nissan and other manufacturers want you to consider an electric vehicle as a commuter car, requiring everybody to have a second car for trips. But when the time comes that you can take a trip of a couple hundred miles in your electric car, then find a convenient charging station when you get there – the electric cars will really start selling.

    Also, I work with a lot of people who communte long distances – certainly more than 85 miles round trip. They will save a ton of money when they are able to buy electric cars – but it will only be practical for them when the range increase.

  • Seb

    It still beats me why no car manufacturer (other than Tesla, of course) has thought of offering different battery size options. What’s there to lose? The worse that could happen is that most people opt for the smaller battery. But frankly I think that’s unlikely. I for one would be happy to pay $5000 or even $7000 extra to get a usable range. How many more people out there are just waiting for the first reasonably priced EV with a usable range to come out before they can leave the gas car behind?…

  • Mats Hägglund

    I have a Leaf rented for 3 years just because of the small battery today, if it had been larger I would have bought the car direct.
    So when this rental ends I will buy any car that goes the double distance regardless of brand. The brands that talk about this distance is NEVS (SAAB), TESLA and LEAF (not so clear)

    Best Regards from Sweden.