A Revolutionary Nissan Leaf Is In the Works


When it comes to all electric cars, and we're not talking about hybrids, plug-in hybrids or extended range models here, the Nissan Leaf is probably the first one most people think of. After all, it's now easily the world's best-selling EV and Nissan is even now making a profit out of them, which really is an achievement that shouldn't be overlooked. However, like any good idea, it doesn't take long before imitators come out of the woodwork and the Leaf is facing more and more competition as the months and years pass by. It's pretty likely we're going to see an entirely new-generation Leaf for the 2018 model year and you may be able to see that one here at Route 33 Nissan, but in the meantime, some new Nissan Leaf features are now in evidence to keep things ticking over until the all-new model arrives.

What we do know is that the current-generation of the Leaf in its base S form is now going to benefit from the inclusion of the bigger 30 kWh battery from the higher trim levels, but what was perhaps surprising to some is how quietly it was actually done by Nissan. The manufacturer had already changed the battery in higher trims of the Leaf without much fuss or fanfare to the 30 kWh unit, and that has now resulted in a welcome 27 percent improvement in its range from 84 to 107 miles. However, the entry level model stayed with a 24 kWh battery, probably as a means of keeping the starting price under the significant $30k barrier.

Speaking to the Motor Trend website recently, a Nissan spokesperson commented;

"We have made a running change to the 2016 Leaf S model to equip it with 30-kwh battery packs as standard equipment, offering best-in-class range across all trim levels for Leaf. Additionally, all 2016 Leaf S vehicles equipped with the 30-kwh battery pack will also come with the Quick Charge Package as a standard feature."

What this means is there will no longer be a Leaf S24 and a Leaf S30, although it appears the S24 will still be available from select dealers for a while yet. The only down side to it all is the inevitable increase in the basic price of a Nissan Leaf. The S24 with the smaller battery and range of 84 miles started at $29,010, which is obviously below the psychologically significant $30k threshold. But the new Nissan Leaf features now mean the EV will start in future from $32,860. But we need to remember that all versions of the Leaf will now offer better performance and a greater range on a full charge. And that's something that could well mean the difference between them being a practical alternative to a gasoline models for some potential buyers.

The upgrades are a useful and welcome exercise in keeping the Nissan Leaf up to date, and they're bound to keep the EV relevant in the market until its 200-plus-mile range successor finally makes its debut.

For more details on the Leaf or any of the great vehicles in the Nissan lineup, keep checking the Route 33 Nissan website, give us a call, or drop in to see us anytime.

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