News has leaked out of Japan and a picture surfaced that shows what the next Nissan Leaf might look like. The Nissan team has hinted previously that there would be an increase in range in Nissan LEAF v2.0.
What will the new range of the new Nissan LEAF be? Will they stick with the same battery chemistry? Will the styling change help with the range? All these things are potentially up for grabs as Nissan now has published competition from GM with the Chevy Bolt and likely Tesla III. Things are starting to heat up and I doubt if Nissan wants to give up their sizable lead in the new EV car segment.
The news was reported that there will be changes made to the cathode material in the battery so that the form factor will remain the same and range will be increased from the current range of 230km to over 400km. The Nissan Leaf Japan battery is a 230km battery now which translates into a 142 mile pack. If the increased range goes up to 400km that translates into a 248 mile range battery pack! I’ve seen USA based range as high as 132 miles on 2015 Nissan Leafs on the cars GOM (guess of meter, which is a slang term Nissan Leaf drivers have nick named the cars range indicator.).
As for the styling change the picture shown here was taken from a Japanese Website. The styling details are excellent as the hood shape has taken the queue from the current Head Light to redirect airflow around the mirrors. Looks like the hood will do this now and the lights are more subdued.
All in all, a positive change and makes me, as a current Leaf Driver, look forward to staying in the franchise going forward.