How Far Will The Next-Generation Nissan LEAF Travel Per Charge? And Will Multiple Battery Options Be Available?

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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  • Dudamus

    Several models would be a good idea. For most people that commute less than 50 miles 30kWh is adequate. For others a 40 or 60kWh model best suit their needs. Nissan also need to expand their product base. Some people just do not like smallish hatches and would prefer a full size SUV or even a pick up truck. If they can get better battery operations that can improve the product rather than just sitting on the same old battery year after year, they can offer more product lines.