How Can Nissan LEAF get 2X The Range Without a New Battery
Arlin Sansome comments on Nissan LEAF's battery and range options from British Columbia.
The 2015 has a major change. The battery is now 10c rated instead of the older battery that was 3c rated.
One thing everyone keeps forgetting is they don't need a new battery to make 2x the range you can design a new car to fit 2x the current battery type. But what's happening everyday is batteries are getting better. So, say we get a battery with 25% more energy density, then you make the pack big enough for the 48 kwh rating. After this, you will not need to have 2x the physical size.
Also, this is likely the reason for a new look. They will now design the whole LEAF with its own chassis specially made to hold lots of cells and not be a chassis designed for gasoline and then converted. They kind of mentioned that, when they said now it's the time to really go with this now that the Leaf has become profitable. Good things coming all around.