Nissan’s Leaf is already the range-topping option among small electric vehicles. However, the Japanese carmaker has announced plans to extend this with the introduction of a new 60kWh battery.
There have been rumours of the new power unit – which will be double the size of the existing one – since November, and Kazuo Yajima, Nissan's global director of EV and HEV engineering, confirmed the 60kWh Leaf to AutoBlog at the EVS29 event, which took place in Montreal, Canada.
While confirming the plans, Yajima neglected to say anything further on when it would come to fruition. However, he added that with a capacity double that of the current, third-generation model, the next Leaf will have a range of more than 200 miles.
With other manufacturers working on affordable EVs to rival the Leaf – most notably Tesla’s Model 3 – Nissan’s engineers are working feverishly to continue to improve the award-winning Leaf’s battery range.
"In the near future, I believe we can produce an electric vehicle that doesn't have any driving range problem,” Yajima added.
The third-generation 30kWh Leaf was launched in late 2015, boasting a 25 per cent increase in range – taking it to 155 miles on a single charge – over the older 24kWh unit.
Incredibly, the battery pack is only 21kg heavier than its predecessor, and the larger battery model costs just £1,600 more.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.
June 22, 2016