2016 Nissan Leaf Expected To Receive Larger Battery, Small Range Boost
Consumers looking for a new Nissan Leaf may soon have the option for a better battery with improved range on certain trims.
Right now, the best anyone can do is the 24-kWh battery good for 84 miles of travel on a single charge, Inside EVs reports. However, the 2016 model may see a 30-kWh battery delivering power to the SV and SL trims; the base S would keep the 24-kWh pack. The publication estimates range would come between 105 and 110 miles per charge.
The pack is likely a stopgap measure for Nissan as it prepares the second-gen Leaf for its showroom debut in Q2 2017, though the automaker remains silent on the subject thus far. The new EV is expected to deliver a range of 180-200 miles, while its styling will be more conventional than its current eco-trendy looks.
Price of admission for the 2016 model is expected to remain the same as now, beginning at over $29,000 for the S trim. Three new colors will also be available — Forged Bronze, Coulis Red, Deep Blue Pearl — while Morningsky Blue and Cayenne Red are dropped from the palette.
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Just paint it the raspberry-esque lavender of the building behind it and the dang thing would blend in...
I would be significantly more comfortable buying an electric car if the battery capacity didn't degrade significantly with time. Right now it seems that electric cars make the sense if you lease them.
A 25% improvement in battery capacity at the same MSRP and presumably a similar (or same) weight during a mid-cycle refresh is pretty impressive to me. The Volt's pack has gone from 16.4 kWh to 18.1 kWh while losing weight and consuming the same space over the same period of time. By all indications Nissan is ready for another 25% jump in capacity for the 2018 model year Leaf redesign. If these are the kinds of leaps that EVs will be taking over the coming years it won't be long until they are entirely competitive with gasoline and diesel models without government subsidies. People who drive these cars already love them (I have a Soul EV), consumers just want more range and a greater buffer against capacity loss over time. Looks like these solutions are right around the corner.
Nissan is trying desperately to retain its current lessees. A large number of Leafs will be coming off lease over the next two years. At the moment, I'm being offered $5000 off my lease residual, OR 2 free payments to extend the lease by 1 year. Now this bigger battery enters the mix. If I thought my commute would remain the same for the next couple of years, I might bite on the bigger battery. But I'm not sure it will. And there's no way I'm keeping my current Leaf at their prices.