Re: LEAF 2 : What we know so far
Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2015 4:24 pm
Soul EV and e-Golf, just to name two.GetOffYourGas wrote: FWIW, many people seemed to expect a doubling of the battery size in the 2015 model, yet we still have the same 24kWh. I personally would not be surprised if Nissan drags out the current battery until Leaf 2.0 in spring 2017 (model year 2018). Yes, the car will be long in the tooth, but what is their competition doing? Oh wait, what competition?
The 'current' cycle began in 2010 (2011 MY), with the 2013 being the mid-cycle refresh. Except for adding some features to the 'S', Nissan hasn't made any major changes to the LEAF since then (barring any improvement the Lizard battery may provide). IMO it's unlikely they'll upgrade the pack capacity for 2016 - I think they'll just run out the current model until the next gen arrives. The current competitors are close enough to it in range (with the Soul and Spark having a small but real advantage), and given Nissan's behavior to date I don't see their corporate execs feeling they need a capacity increase in this generation. They'd much rather sell people the next gen cars.GetOffYourGas wrote: On the other hand, I wouldn't be surprised if Nissan gave us a slight bump in battery size for 2016/2017, just to hold us over. It would be a mid-cycle refresh, given they said the current cycle began in 2013. I'm just not expecting much. Maybe an honest 100 EPA miles. That's a 19% increase. Not terrible. For reference, the battery in the 2016 Volt holds 15% more energy than the 2011 Volt.