Next generation Nissan Leaf could be free of range anxiety image

According to Chief Planning Officer Philippe Klein, Japan’s Nissan is getting even closer to putting to rest that primary concern any electric vehicle user has – will the battery last enough for the planned trip?

The Nissan Leaf is the world’s best selling electric car – though the segment has not yet left niche status, despite concerted efforts from both automakers and regulators around the world. And one of the main reasons is the range anxiety – but the executive claims the automaker is very close to eliminate it as it prepares to put on the streets the next-generation electric vehicle battery. “We’re going to be there relatively quickly, ” said Klein on the sidelines of the North American International Auto Show taking place as we speak in Detroit. Though he declined to be specific on the timeline for the electric car’s driving range expansion, judging logically the step up should happen together with the debut of the next-generation Leaf electric model – rumored to be in 2017 or 2018.

The executive acknowledged that today the Leaf is “a bit short,” though for urban city commutes the US Environmental Protection Agency rating of 84 miles (134km) on a full charge is “not very far from getting out from range anxiety.” Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn back in November said during a Japanese TV broadcast that the company wants to have a second-generation EV battery that can “double” the current target. On the other hand, we should remember that – just like gas fuel economy ratings – the range of an electric vehicle can be influenced by numerous aspects – from weather to driving style.

Via Automotive News Europe