The Japanese automaker is fully committed to the electric revolution and apparently has big plans for the upcoming generation of the world’s best selling electric vehicle – the Leaf.
According to the latest rumors flying off the mill, the new iteration is coming in 2018 and will offer a plethora of battery pack sizes that will deliver up to 340-miles driving range. Such a big range span – most likely starting from around 100 miles per charge for the base, most affordable version – will go a long way towards reducing the range anxiety for those unsure of the mainstream possibilities of electric cars. Nissan is already previewing the next Leaf – the IDS concept shown during the Tokyo Motor Show last November will serve as inspiration, and that one had a 60kWh battery pack, for a range between 310 and 340 miles (550 km).
Nissan’s Gareth Dunsmore, director of the company’s zero-emission business unit, claims the large battery pack might become a viable production option by 2018 if they manage to iron out Nissan’s price and durability thresholds. For now, the recently facelifted Leaf comes with the biggest option as a 30kWh lithium ion battery pack, which can enhance the 24kWh battery version’s 124 miles to 155 miles on a single charge. The strategy will become even more prevalent in the next generation, with more than one battery options for different ranges and prices.