TonyWilliams wrote:This appears to be Nissan's answer to the Kia Soul EV, but obviously they will have to compete against the GM Bolt in just 1.5 years (likely a 36-40kWh battery).
The Tesla Model 3 will likely be offered as a 50kWh car, with a real 200 mile range at 55mph on perfect days.
Makes sense to me... I'm guessing it's the same car as '13-'15 with perhaps minor tweaks... all things have pointed to the 2nd gen one coming for the '17 MY, so having class-leading battery life in the short-term just to sell a few cars this year is a reasonable approach.
25% increase in capacity? I guess that's a start, but falls quite short of what most of us were hoping for. But, that 25% would be enough in my case to remove any range anxiety. Now, if they would just offer us an upgrade option to the 30kWh pack when they give me my warranty replacement pack. I'd gladly pay them an extra couple grand.
Yep, me too. 30kWh would be really nice. Once every couple of weeks, I need to go 80 miles r/t (mostly highway) and the LEAF just doesn't cut it currently. An extra 25% and I'm there! (Right now I drive my ICE those days, but with 30kWh I'd be good to go!)
Sublime wrote:I'll theorize that the 24kWh packs are a way for them to get rid of any inventory of the old chemistry while they transition to the new chemistry.
That, and I suspect that Nissan won't offer 30kWh packs as an upgrade to older cars that need warranty replacement, so they might keep the 24kWh packs in production (maybe with new chemistry) just to be able to perform warranty replacements.