DaveinOlyWA wrote:rumors state it to be around 35 kwh pack. so it will get pretty much at least 100 miles under pretty poor conditions and its a much larger vehicle. but the article pretty much says it all; there is no definitive word on anything right now other than this projection.
I believe they said the pack in the current demo vehicle is around 35 kWh - they are going to need a bigger pack if using typical Panasonic laptop cells (which need a larger "longetivity buffer") if they are going to target 100mi range worst case with a bigger vehicle.
Let's say they use 95* w/AC on the highway at 70mph as their worst case scenario. It's likely the Leaf will run out of juice (24 kWh) after 50-60 mi - don't know for sure as Nissan's example is 70mi at 55mph in 95* heat. So if you want to do 100mi in those conditions, which aren't all that uncommon depending on where you live, unless you can substantially improve the efficiency of the vehicle, you are going to need about double the battery capacity - or about 50 kWh.