Some very strong hints from Nissan as to when
and how far
I'm guessing the time frame is right, and it will be more than a "mild refresh".
But I doubt it will have a base
range ~twice that of the 2013-2015 LEAF.
I'm guessing Nissan will produce a BEV with ~that range, but it will be from (either or both) an optional pack/efficiency upgrade on the LEAF base model, or a separate upmarket Nissan/Infiniti model.
I'm still expecting the base LEAF to be priced at ~ the same level as gen 1, which will probably limit the EPA range to ~120-140 miles.
http://dailykanban.com/2015/01/today-he ... leaf-2016/
...At the Detroit Motor Show, Nissan’s CEO Carlos Ghosn dropped a few heavy hints. Today, we came as close to confirmation as possible at this point in time. In a press conference at Nissan’s Yokohama HQ, Nissan’s dapper Japan Chief Takao Katagiri told reporters to expect “a more efficient EV with an improved battery” during Nissan’s fiscal 2016, which goes from April 1 2016 through March 31 2017. In the “a picture says more than a thousand words” dept., a slide Katagiri put up against the wall during his remarks was more forthcoming...
The slide shows a 2011 Leaf with a range of 200km, followed by a 2013 Leaf with 228km, followed by a mysterious unnamed vehicle with an unspecified, but much longer range. I obtained a copy of the slide, and measured the arrow. It is exactly twice as long as the arrow depicting the range of the 2013 Leaf. Mind you: We are in Japan, the land of high precision.
228 km (141miles) times two would be 456km, or 283 miles. Of course, this is according to the hopelessly optimistic Japanese JC08 standard. However, it is a safe assumption that the new Leaf will get double whatever range it currently gets. Did I say Leaf? The name of that new range-doubling EV is not announced. It could be Leaf, it could be anything. The car on the chart has a distinct Leaf-like silhouette, though.
Katagiri ominously and repeatedly mentioned “evolution and renewal” of Nissan’s EV program in the fiscal 2016 timeframe, leaving the door open to anything, from a mild refresh to a completely new car, or both....
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