Reddy wrote:Ed, thanks for the link. That's the best looking prediction that I've seen yet...
Looks too much
like an ICEV to me, but that seems to be what the market wants.
...If >200 mi EPA and <$35K that should sell as fast as they can make them.
I woudn't count on that.
Nissan has emphasized value over range in most of its announcements, so I think >125 EPA miles for < $30 k is what we can expect for the base model, likely with only incremental capacity improvements over the current "30 kWh" Pack.
It does look slightly longer and lower than the gen one to reduce aero resistance, and could be both lighter (as suggested below) and have improved drivetrain efficiency.
"Close to 200 miles" might mean only 40-45 kWh available from an optional larger pack, but it is possible Nissan will go for the extra CARB credits available from an even larger compliance
http://www.autonews.com/article/2017032 ... af-on-deck
Nissan's next-gen Leaf on deck
...Some styling cues of the test mule are similar to those of the first generation, including the side profile and hatch.
On the technical side, the critical change will be improving the driving range of the Leaf’s lithium ion battery, which currently claims an EPA-rated equivalent of 114 mpg combined city and highway on a full battery charge.
The car is also expected to be lighter because of increased use of carbon fiber.
Nissan has signaled that the redesigned Leaf will have a range of close to 200 miles.