And the key will be the autonomy. Since 2010 is on the market in the Nissan Leaf, until the date the electric vehicle the world’s most successful. Nearly 220,000 units have been sold, far surpassing the Tesla Model S, in the second position. The announcement of the Tesla Model 3 changed the rules of the game, and its more than 350,000 bookings in just a month have been a huge shock – and challenge – for Tesla Motors. Nissan is not willing to throw in the towel, and the second generation the Nissan Leaf will help you keep your throne.
The current Nissan Leaf is offered with two battery options, one of them with 24 kWh and the other with 30 kWh of capacity.
When the Nissan Leaf was released to the market, was a product not too mature. Its cruising range of 200 miles, in ideal conditions. It was the maximum allowed for your battery lithium-ion battery of 24 kWh of capacity. Little by little Nissan was improving finish and increasing their appeal to the final consumer. The slow but steady expansion of the network of public charging stations has also helped considerably to Nissan. Last year, Nissan premiered a Leaf with a battery of 30 kWh capacity.
Already we were able to test in motor, and on paper, has raised the autonomy of 250 kilometres. Batteries are still the weak place of the electric, in addition to the availability of charging points. One of the major competitive advantages of Tesla Motors have been the huge batteries of their cars, with up to 90 kWh of capacity in the Tesla Model S and Model X top of range. The network Supercharger fast recharging has also served many owners to lose the fear to travel by road, with brief stops on the way.
Before being launched, the battery of 60 kWh should meet all the requirements of reliability and durability imposed by Nissan.
The next electric vehicle from Nissan is planned for 2018. Has not been made explicit that it is a Leaf, but all the rumors point to your second generation. A second generation early aesthetically in the Nissan IDS Concept, with a front cutting edge, and maybe a calender occluded, as we have already seen in the Tesla. The key to the Nissan Leaf second-generation will be a new li-ion battery, whose development has already begun. Its capacity will be 60 kWh, double that of the current range of Nissan.
On the paper, you should achieve a autonomy minimum of 500 km, even reaching 550 km, according to a report in Autocar after an interview with the responsible of the project. A Nissan Leaf with a battery of 60 kWh will be offered in addition to a Leaf with a battery of a smaller capacity, less autonomy and more affordable price. This strategy is very similar to that of Tesla Motors delivers its Model S and Model X with battery from 60 kWh to 90 kWh – and significant price differences between versions.
Problems of productive capacity and delays in the deliveries of the Tesla Model 3 could be blessings for Nissan.
A detail to make it clear to Nissan is recharging your new electric. The Leafs are already compatible with systems of fast recharge, but a network of Supercharger in global expansion can decant to many consumers for a car to california. Nissan has an ace in the sleeve: your price will be somewhat lower than a Tesla Model 3, and in addition, will be launched in 2018. Currently, it is believed that Tesla will have serious problems in providing their Model 3 time, which could lead to thousands of consumers eager to a Nissan dealer.