Nissan Leaf has been one of the most successful electric vehicle ever across the globe, particularly in the U.S. And while the Japanese auto major is working on the second generation Leaf, which, according to the company will run in excess of 400 km in a single charge, they have introduced the 2016 model year electric hatchback in the U.K with a significant boost in range.
Nissan Leaf has always been one of the important products from the stable of Nissan, given the brand cognition it generates when environmentally friendly vehicles are in talks. And in line with the promise of delivering environment friendly vehicles, the 2016 Nissan Leaf will generate a healthy all-electric mileage of 250 km, a significant increase over the outgoing model.
The increase in the range is generated via a new and bigger 30 kWh battery pack, which will join the existing 25 kWh battery pack. While the capacity is increased in the new battery pack, the size is kept same like the current batteries. The performance is hiked as much as 25 % and the weight of the battery has also increased by 21 kgs.
There were rumors floating that the Leaf will get a considerable increase in the power range before the company launches the second generation model with 400 km range. And now, with the unveiling, Nissan has made the news official. The new battery features carbon, nitrogen and magnesium in the electrodes to enhance performance, which resulted in weight increase.
The battery will be offered with a 8 year / 1,00,000-mile warranty and it will be compatible with rapid chargers (3 phase, 400V). The second generation Leaf in talk here will be launched somewhere in the late 2016 or early 2017 and as Nissan-Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn has confirmed, it will come with the industry best 400 km range.
As for the 2016 Nissan Leaf, the 30 kWh battery pack model will go on sale in the UK this December and will be priced at £24,490, a healthy £1,600 more expensive than the 24 kWh battery pack model with the same trim. The 30 kWh will be available only in the mid-range Acenta and the range-topping Tekna (from £26,490) trims and not the entry-level Vista model.