With the next-generation 2018 Nissan LEAF due to launch in just over one month’s time, there’s quite a lot of speculation surrounding the car’s likely specifications, optional extras, and price point.
To date, it’s been widely expected that Nissan will produce a 60 kilowatt-hour LEAF capable of more than 200 miles per charge in order to adequately cross-shop against the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV and 2017 Tesla Model 3.
Over the weekend, spy shots from France (courtesy of Nicolas Dufresne) show a Nissan LEAF prototype charging at a French public charging station with just 265 kilometers (165 miles) of range remaining after a 99 percent charging cycle. It’s caused quite a few in the electric vehicle world to suggest that Nissan’s next-generation LEAF will manage far less per charge than Nissan had promised — and as such, be far behind in the electric vehicle range race before it’s even joined it.
But is Nissan really only bringing a 165-mile (265km) LEAF to market? Is this the only version we’ll see? And what can we learn from these latest spy shots?
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