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Nissan Leaf steps up with larger battery and longer driving range

Interesting | May 1st, 2014 by 2
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Nissan Leaf, one of the first fully electric vehicles to come to market, and a BMW i3 competitor, is announcing an update to their popular …

Nissan Leaf, one of the first fully electric vehicles to come to market, and a BMW i3 competitor, is announcing an update to their popular EV due out in 2016-2017.

According to GreenCarReports, Nissan executive and Product Chief Andy Palmer said offering multiple battery-pack options with different ranges in the Leaf was being debated internally.

The 2014 Leaf’s rated range of 84 miles is considered acceptable by some executives and sufficient for the daily needs of most consumers. The counterparts feel that a range in the three-digits would accelerate the adoption of the popular Leaf EV. It is already the best-selling electric car in history, with 110,000 sold globally since December 2011.

Nissan Leaf steps up with larger battery and longer driving range

Same report says that “boosting pack size from the current 24 kilowatt-hours to perhaps 36 kWh would boost range to something in the range of 120 to 130 miles.” An even larger 42-kWh battery pack would yield a range of at least 150 miles.

Just as a reference, the base Tesla Model S goes 208 miles on a single charge. BMW i3 has a range of 80 – 100 miles, which can be extended to 160-180 miles with the optional Range Extender.

Comparing Nissan Leaf to BMW M3

 

 

  • CDspeed

    This is one reason I’ve not had a problem with these small EVs, they work well but they’ll show what the demand is so the next generation will evolve and improve. The i3 is a hot little hatch, and BMW is now experiencing great demand, so their next electric car should be amazing, and can ditch the generator. I also hope the i5 is a sports sedan or coupe.

  • Roland Renno

    Okay I understand what the term competition is but I understand more what the term jealousy is. Whenever BMW introduces something in the market, the Japanese, Chinese, or similar races rush to imitate the idea if not the model and introduce something similar with less quality and perfection since their target point is to attract the media with their attention.

    Bunch of losers in the real world!

    ///M

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