While it’s rumoured that the the 2016 Nissan Leaf will have a longer range by way of a higher capacity battery, nothing has been officially confirmed and details are scarce.
Green Car Reports tells us that yesterday, a Nissan dealer in Indiana put up a page on their site that claims the 2016 Leaf will be available with two batteries, the new battery will be a higher capacity unit giving it a 25 percent increase, putting the little EV into the 180-km or 110-mile range. The current-generation Leaf uses a 24-kilowatt-hour battery pack and has a range of 135 km or 84 miles.
According to the Andy Mohr Avon Nissan page, “Drivers of higher trim levels will enjoy a battery with as much as 25% increased capacity, delivering a driving range of as much as 110 miles.”
If this is indeed true, we may see a rise in Leaf sales as over the next few years, the market will be seeing a handful of new and affordable electric cars. The highly anticipated 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is expected to have a range of up to 320 km or 200 miles.
No pricing has been announced yet and it’ll be interesting to see if the price point of the current Leaf will drop significantly.