the Nissan Leaf has been (within their limited area of diffusion) to be a true success, no one can doubt it. The electric car most sold in the world (more than 250,000 units around the world) takes a long time in the market and like everything in this life need to be renewed if you do not want to be outdone by their rivals. In the japanese house they know they can’t rest on your laurels, because in a matter of months will arrive from new rivals that will complicate things. The more hard in Europe will be the the second generation of the Opel Ampera (renamed as (e) and by its technical characteristics can give you more of a headache.
In the rest of world markets must fight against the Tesla Model 3 and Chevy Bolt (twin brother of the Opel Ampera-e). All of these models offer the best data of autonomy and a design that leaves behind the japanese car. For this reason, we have already known that, Nissan engineers are working at a high rate to have at the ready the second generation of the Leaf for before that we take the grapes. This news makes us think that the project is in a relatively advanced phase, and that Nissan was waiting for the best time to launch it.
By the words of Tim Gallagher, senior director of electric vehicles Nissan, we have known that the Leaf of the second generation will be presented official in the month of September. After this event, which will be revealed to all the world, its sales will start before the end of this year. Taking into account these data, the place chosen for the presentation should be Frankfurt Auto show, as is done at the beginning of September.
The Hall of Tokyo will be held also in the same month, but if sales want to start before the end of 2017, the terms would be much tighter and there could be delays. Another fact that reinforces its public presentation in the German event is that the main market of the Nissan Leaf in Europe, as governments offer high incentives to the acquisition of vehicles of this type, and the japanese car is the one who benefits most. Whatever the case may be, the united States and Japan are also among their charters most important and, thus, sales in these countries could occur in the second quarter of 2018.
In terms of its design and technical details we know very little. The design will be very similar to the one that showed the Nissan IDS Concept a couple of years ago. Their lines are very bold and could attract many more customers who currently attracts the Leaf. In terms of your platform and electric motor, will be the same as that used Renault Zoe next generation and should have a autonomy between recharges higher than 400 kilometers.
Soon there will be more news.
Source – Nissan