Report – Nissan reaching out towards 340-mile range in new Leaf image

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.

Via Autocar