Nissan Leaf is one of the first mass-produced electric vehicles with a range enough for daily commutes. In 2018 Japanese automaker promises to start the production of a new generation Leaf – with an updated design and, according to Nissan’s execs – increased range.
Kazuo Yajima, head of electric vehicles for Nissan and Renault, recently discussed the company’s plans for EVs with Nikkei, naming the upcoming Leaf’s range characteristics and telling the range expectations of future models.
According to Nissan’s exec, the next gen Leaf will be capable of hitting 215-250 miles on a single charge. However, Japanese standard is quite more relaxed than EPA methodology; thus the real-world range should probably be closer to 200 miles.
Though, Nissan is reportedly working on a continuous extension of their EVs range. Yajima mentioned the Nissan’s prototype capable of 550 km (340 miles) of real range gained during the testing. The prototype’s cargo capacity and external dimesions are close to Nissan Leaf. The company is going to extend the range of their mass-produced models to that degree by 2020.
However, the Nissan’s EV division strategy should become more clear in this September – when the company will present a new Leaf.