Range anxiety is one of the main things holding electric cars back – but the next generation of electric vehicles will be able to drive farther. Much farther. Nissan just announced plans to give its 2016 Leaf a more powerful battery with a range of 110 miles – and the automaker is also working on a prototype next-generation Leaf that will be able to travel more than 310 miles on a single charge!
Nissan has already revealed that the next-generation Leaf will have a driving range of at least double the current Leaf’s 84 mile range, but until that arrives, Nissan is giving 2016 Leaf buyers a quick update. The vehicle will ship with a powerful 30 kwh battery that should give the Leaf a real-world driving range of around 105-110 miles. It’s expected that Nissan will officially unveil the updated 2016 Leaf in the next month or two.
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Nissan is also working hard on new battery technology that will give the next-generation Leaf an even longer driving range. During the announcement about the updated Leaf, Nissan revealed a Leaf prototype that is powered by a next-generation electric drivetrain. The new system is still being tested, but it reportedly has a driving range of more than 310 miles. If Nissan can bring the next Leaf to market with a 300 mile driving range, it will easily out perform the upcoming Chevy Bolt, and maybe even the upcoming Tesla Model 3.
Via Automotive News
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