Wanted to put a link to what is one of the first hands on reviews of the new Nissan Leaf from Hybrid Cars.com. "Let’s get one thing out of the way straight off the top: the 2018 Leaf is limited to an advertised 150 miles of range on a single charge. In a world where the Chevrolet Bolt can easily crack the 200-mile mark, this seems like a missed opportunity for Nissan to pole vault over its competition. However, Nissan engineers say 200-plus mile version of the Leaf is in the offing for 2019, at which point the company will increase sales momentum. Naturally, the long-legged Leaf will be more expensive." For the full review, go here.
From the LA. Times "The battle for control of the small but increasingly competitive electric vehicle market got a little hotter Tuesday night, as Japanese car company Nissan unveiled a new Leaf with a stronger battery and longer range — at a price well below rival electric cars. "
Read the whole article here.
Several online sites are reporting some leaked information about the 2018 Nissan Leaf ahead of next month's announcement. There is a battery capacity jump and increased horsepower and torque, but some trepidation about the overall impact to range. It's possible this leak does not reveal all that Nissan has planned but as these numbers imdicate, the range should jump to at least between 143 and 165 miles.
Here is Autoweek's story.
The new Nissan LEAF will feature improved aerodynamic design that makes it even more efficient, allowing drivers to travel farther on a single charge. Aerodynamics is key to how efficiently an electric car moves. Less drag and better stability enable the vehicle to drive longer distances before having to recharge. (Full Press Release here)
Another great leak is floating around the internet. This time the video frame grabs show the new Leaf without camo coverage, giving us a better picture of what we'll see in September. Here is a link to the article on Motor Authority. Should be an interesting fall!
Just got this press release in my in-box. Sounds like they have amped up the Re-Gen Braking component in the next generation Nissan Leaf so much that it can act like a brake at times. Here is a link to the release itself.
Kazuo Yajima, head of electric vehicles for Nissan and Renault, recently discussed the electric range expectations for the new Leaf and future vehicles on the Japanese automaker’s electric platform, as reported by Electrek. Look for the 2018 Leaf to cross the 200 mile range barrier and have a new form factor for the first time. (Read more here)
Here is another set of images which purport to show the 2018 Nissan Leaf out in the wild but heavily camouflaged. This time the camo is a little tighter, hugging the curves a bit more, revealing the designs we expect to see. As reported on Electrek, the next revision in the Nissan Leaf design, slated for the 2018 model will be somewhat sportier but a lot more powerful, promising 200 miles in range. (Click here for more info on Electrek.)
According to the trusty scorecard of InsideEVs, Chevy moved 978 EV Bolts in March, while nearly 1,500 Leafs were sold. For what’s supposed to be the first Real Marketable EV, that’s some flimsy numbers for the Bolt. Read more here. - [Hint, they are stumped as to why.]
Here are a few drawings that reportedly depict the next generation of the Nissan Leaf. Previously these drawings were only "thought" to be the next design but this article on Clean Technica points out why we should believe these are real. The key selling is how much these drawings match what looks to be lurking under the camouflage of recently sited test Leafs. This is getting real. :) Read more here.
This is a must watch video if you want to see where the Nissan Leaf is headed for 2020.
Since Nissan enjoyed the spot of number one selling EV in the world you would think that they would be trying to stay on the cutting edge of technology since they blazed a trail with the Nissan Leaf in the first place. In the first 5 years of it existence the Leaf has pretty much stayed around the 100 miles range number. Why? How hard would it have been to add in some extra KWHs of cells as the price of LiFePo4 batteries has been dropping over the last few years. (Read more here at Torque News.)
In an article just published on the web site electrek.co we may be getting a first real world sneak peek at the next version of the Nissan Leaf. Despite being camouflaged, the car has some clearly new design points that look to be based on a concept IDS design. Nissan expects to reveal the Next Gen Leaf (2018 model) in September of 2017 with sales soon after. Click here to read more.
Other sites showing images of the next Leaf include:
Very exciting news out of the Detroit Auto Show as Chevy showed off The Chevy Bolt which would have a range of 200 miles and a target price of $30,000 after federal rebates. Word is that this little car will challenge Tesla for entry into the exciting high-mileage, modestly priced family electric automobile category. As someone with daily experience in an 80 mile/charge Nissan Leaf, 200 miles is very exciting and this car might even be available as early as 2017. Here is the full article in Slate.
When I first got my Leaf, I concentrated heavily on how my driving style, techniques and car settings affected my range. The more AC, more heat, more lead foot driving and jack-rabbit starts, the lower the range. So it was a great learning curve and fun to watch the accumulating data.
Then one beautiful spring day I needed to make a round trip up into New Hampshire. The range of the trip was right near the edge of my 80 mile comfort zone. So I planned a route that would take me near several charging options, mostly near the start of the trip, with the same ones on my route near the end. And I also planned the trip using the ECO setting on the Leaf's navigation, which took me somewhat away from charging opportunities... but I knew it would be easy enough to switch routes if necessary.
It turns out that the real beauty of this plan was that I was able to experience the effect ECO routes would have on mileage. It was an amazing trip in that regard.
For the first time I was taking a long trip but wasn't in a hurry and so this route called for an average speed of maybe 40 miles per hour. And that was the beauty of the trip, fast enough but not too fast.
I got to my destination with slightly more than half of my predicted range left. The event was a party, celebrating the change a good friend was making in his life and while enjoying myself I went over the trip home in my head. I figured I would start taking the ECO route, but if necessary, transition to the less-ECO route charging options, near the end of my journey. That would give me some safety in case things looked like they were getting close.
So I headed out and kept my eye on the GOM just to have a sense of how I was doing. What started to become clear was that based on my driving speed and the mild temperatures, it looked like I might get home without stopping. This was pleasantly surprising but I knew it was within the envelope of possibility.
As the trip neared completion and the GOM indicated less and less miles available, it was still safely within the range of arriving at home with energy remaining. I did frequently make use of the Leaf's steering wheel button showing the remaining range on a map. But in the end it was never really in doubt, and as it turned out this was a record-setting trip for me. It was the first and only single-charge, 100+ mile day for me in my Leaf. Pretty cool and a great learning experience, about range.