Nissan executives have shared some of their goal for the next version of the popular LEAF electric car. Top of the list are more “mainstream styling” and a new higher-capacity battery that “greatly increases its range”. In fact, they see greater range as key to higher sales.
“The battery chemistry is all about range and energy density. That’s where you see the technology moving very, very fast,” said Andy Palmer, executive vice president in charge of Nissan’s zero emissions and Infiniti businesses, in an interview last month at the Beijing auto show. “This really is the game-changing technology.”
Continue reading 2017: Next Nissan LEAF (mk3) to get a more ‘mainstream’ look & bigger capacity battery 300km/180miles?
While No Drastic Changes Are Planned For The 2014 MY LEAF, The Same Can Not Be Said For Future Model Years According To Nissan Exec
A lot of things happen at the Frankfurt Auto Show (IAA) this month and a lot was said; but lost in all the hoopla was a Nissan’s exec’s admission that the LEAF would see a range improvement of a reliable 200 km (124.2) miles within the current generational cycle.
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Nissan has announced starting spring 013 they will offer a limited warranty on battery capacity loss.
Confirmed by Nissan##Q##s executive vice-president Andy Palmer, this will be applied starting with next spring as part of the revised New Electric Vehicle Limited Warranty plan. It was created to protect against battery capacity loss in the first 5 years / 60,000 miles for U.S. customers only.
If in this period the battery capacity gauge drops below 9 bars – from a total of 12 – Nissan will repair/replace the battery “to restore capacity at or above a minimum of nine bars”. Replacement will be done with either a brand new battery or a remanufactured unit.
The revised warranty plan comes as a response after several problems experienced by Leaf owners living in warmer climates. A few drivers from Arizona asked Nissan to analyse battery capacity loss after they noticed important capacity losses during high temperatures.