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.
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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