Published on November 30th, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro


Nissan Leaf With Various Battery Sizes On The Way?

November 30th, 2013 by  

Originally published on Gas2.


Sales of the Nissan Leaf have picked up steam after a price cut earlier this year, but executives are still looking to move consumers en masse into electric vehicles. Taking a page from Tesla’s playbook, a Nissan executive hinted that a Leaf with different battery size options could be in the pipeline of future products.

Plug-in Cars spoke with Pierre Loing, Nissan’s vice president of product and advanced planning, who said that “The packaging easiness (of the battery) makes it easier to put more batteries in the car, and you will see this.” He then noted that Tesla offers different battery options at different price points, saying “Maybe you will see this from Nissan.”

That sounds like a not-so-subtle hint, and the move is a practical one to be sure. The Tesla Model has been by far the most successful electric car on the market, and major automakers are looking to the California automaker for their next move in regards to EVs. Nissan has already been caught competing with a Nissan Leaf boasting a 48 kWh battery pack in Spain, twice the size of the production model, which could provide upwards of 150 miles of “real world” driving compared to the 75 or so most Leaf drivers are currently getting.

Seems like a no brainer to me, as Americans love the illusion of choice, and offering a larger battery for buyers wanting more range could draw in early adopters who have a slew of new and exciting EV offerings to choose from. With competitor vehicles like the BMW i3 and and Fiat 500e proving popular despite (or because of?) their newness, Nissan needs to remind buyers that it’s still the original cutting-edge EV.

 Source: Plug-In Cars

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  • Peter Forint

    Want to sell more EVs? Build sports car and SUV versions. Improve their emotional appeal to complement the rational appeal.

  • 97898752

    Aside of more range the Leaf needs more front end Body with a sportier look

    when you sit inside a car its nice to see some beefy front end , the Leaf makes you feel like you have no front end crumple zone protection in the even of a crash
    Great car otherwise, very reliable, fast pickup, good speed, very quiet and smooth 100% Electrric ride,with plenty of room for a small looking car

    • Peter Forint

      Why is the LEAF the least attractive car in the Nissan lineup (okay, second least attractive behind the Juke)?

      Give is a more attractive body and more people will consider it.

      EVs make great second cars. Imagine being able to justify a sports car to your spouse because it has lower total cost of ownership!

      • Bob_Wallace

        That’s a question I have as well. The Prius, when it was introduced, was also butt-ugly.

        Of course, that’s “IMO”. Perhaps those looks appeal to others.

        • Peter Forint

          Prius Gen 1 was as pretty as a Tercel.
          Prius Gen 2 grew up a lot, and was the first to popularize the sloped hatch.
          Prius Gen 3 added some angles, and IMHO (to paraphrase) has led a number of similar shapes – i.e. Subaru Impreza, Kia Forte, etc. I think the Gen 3 is a decent looking car, and I’m not just saying so because I drive one! 🙂

  • Rich

    If the leaf would offer a 150 mile range at $32k to $33k, that would be great!

    • Rich

      BTW, that’s $32k to $33k before tax credit.

  • Lynne Whelden

    If presented with a choice, I bet 100% would opt for the “largest” size. That’s a given.

  • Shiggity

    100+ miles at a sub 30k price point is an important milestone for EVs, hopefully they hit that in 2014.

  • Jouni Valkonen

    It is also important that if EV battery size is doubled, also the charging rate can be doubled. It takes about 30 mins to charge lithium battery cell to 80 % without degrading the cell integrity too much. Both Leaf and Tesla can do this, but Tesla battery is more than three times bigger, so the charging rate with Tesla is almost three times faster.

    This is perhaps the most important reason, why EVs are no go if the battery size cannot approach to 100 kWh. With 120 kWh battery we can have 200 kW charging rate.

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