The second-generation Nissan Leaf will have a range of at least 200 miles. It’s provided by a new battery pack with a capacity of 60 kilowatt-hours. Nissan Leaf Extended Range Battery will help the next version of the Leaf compete effectively. Especially with the upcoming 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV and the future Tesla Model 3. Nissan global electric-car and hybrid development leader, Kazuo Yajima confirmed the larger pack yesterday at the Electric Vehicle Symposium & Exhibition 29 known as EVS29 in Montreal, Canada.
Nissan may give a choice for a 150-mile range battery pack within the next couple of years. It is the first major automaker to deliver the juice in the form of the Nissan Leaf. A mass-market, all-electric vehicle we’ll be able to buy from your local Nissan dealer soon. It will announce additional details of the battery replacement program later this year, including other global markets.
When it does go on sale, though, Yajima said the new LEAF should have about twice the range of the current model, owing to the larger battery pack. The current Leaf has a maximum range of 107 miles with the optional 30-kWh pack. And the maximum range of 84 miles with the standard 24-kWh pack. That means the next-generation Leaf should have a range of at least 200 miles, perhaps a bit more.
Nissan Leaf Lithium Battery Capacity
The 30 kWh lithium-ion battery stores its energy to power the 80 kW AC motors in lithium-ion modules. Each module contains four lithium-ion battery cells. It provides enough power to the motor to generate 187 lb-ft of torque off the line. And also it provides up to 107 horsepower. This power would put the Leaf on the same level as the Chevy Bolt EV and Tesla Model 3. This may be an anticipation of which may already be hurting sales of the current Leaf.
Nissan confirm that they will put the 60-kWh pack for the next-generation Leaf since at least last November. While Chevy Bolt EV powered with the 60-kWh battery pack and Tesla has not disclosed the capacity of the Model 3’s pack. Complete with a prototype battery pack of that capacity, that’s when it unveiled the IDS electric-car concept at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.
Besides capacity, that pack differed from the ones used in the current Leaf in many ways. This including cell chemistry and pack structure. It’s possible that at least some of these design changes will carry over to the pack used in the production second-generation Leaf. That car is expected to be unveiled sometime this year or in 2017 and go into production as a 2018 model.
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