• Nissan’s 2019 LEAF Will Have 200+ Mile Range [News]

    2018 Nissan LEAF
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    Nissan will improve the range of their 2019 LEAF with a better battery option promising more range.

    Our source inside Nissan confirmed that the 2019 LEAF will have a battery option that delivers 200+ miles of range. The second-generation Nissan LEAF is impressive on a number of levels. It has a familiar hatchback design, more power, better driving dynamics, and integration of a significant number of updated safety and tech features.

    However, the major disappointment was the 2018 LEAF’s range on a single charge. While the new LEAF’s race is an improvement on its predecessor, 150 miles seemed like weak-sauce compared to the Tesla Model 3 220-mile range and the Chevy Bolt’s 238-mile range capability. Nissan wouldn’t disclose the exact range of this 200+ mile model. However, that claim puts the 2019 LEAF in the in the same ballpark as the Model 3 and Bolt.

    The higher capacity battery pack will fit in the same package as the current configuration of the redesigned LEAF. Just be ready to pay a little more than the top-of-the-line SL model. Our guess that MSRP will be fairly close to the $35,000 Model 3 and $37,495 Chevy Bolt.

    The other piece of news is that you cannot upgrade the battery pack in your 2018 LEAF. If your lifestyle wants a BEV with a range of over 220 miles, you have to wait for the 2019 model. Apparently, the process of swapping batteries in a electric-powered vehicle is a lot more complicated than swapping the batteries in a flashlight.

    Pricing and future announcements

    Watch for Nissan to announce availability and pricing sometime in 2018.

    Nissan has been playing close to the chest when it comes to future product announcements. In our wrap-up of electric vehicles at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, the next-generation LEAF wasn’t on our radar. Watch the video below to see what Roman and Anton included in their list of EV cars to watch for back in January at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. You can also check out this post to see the current discussion surrounding EVs near the end of this year.

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    Derek Mau
    Derek Mau
    Before becoming an automotive journalist, Derek was diving into engine bays and wiring car audio systems for competitions since high school. Granted, there were a few extra bits and pieces after reassembling everything but nothing ever fell apart on the road. Today Derek applies his enthusiasm and gearhead knowledge into the latest cars, unraveling today's complex automotive technology, and learning the rich history behind classic cars.

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    13 thoughts on “Nissan’s 2019 LEAF Will Have 200+ Mile Range [News]

    1. “Apparently, the process of swapping batteries in a electric-powered vehicle is a lot more complicated than swapping the batteries in a flashlight.”
      Apparently Derek Mau’s understanding of electric cars is
      deficient – Tesla (and others) can easily replace one size battery pack with another. Nissan can’t because they never designed the pack to allow for enough space, which is OK if you never
      plan on providing a future option
      of battery upgrade. Criticizing that Nissan decision is rather dopey.

      1. Aint no one more excited about electric drive than me, but NO WAY I am going to buy an electric vehicle that isn’t easy to replace the battery on.

        We as consumers need to lift eh voice of demand!

    2. Ebarassing. The Chevy Bolt beats it handily and will for some time it seems. And the Model 3 is a joke because they cant even build them.

      1. I charge my Leaf with solar panels how is that not Zero Emissions? Stop listening to the Koch brothers or else you’ll just keep on being a lemming.

    3. I find this news odd since I reserved the new 2018 Leaf with 150 mile range, but if Nissan is planning on announcing a longer ranger version mid-2018, then why would I consider the 2018 at all. Nissan would need to offer a very attractive lease for the 2018 to get me to consider it now.

    4. 35k no thank you but I bet rambro is all over the leaf’s nuts I’m sure at night he hugs his electric golf cart lol jk. Numbers don’t lie less then 1 percent of America and the world for that matter has an electric car 99 percent of vehicles owners have gas engines I think some of that is because any self respecting man should be driving a gas engine to enjoy the vrooms booms bov’s superchargers and the smells of greatness in gas cars the new leaf is very nice but 35k nope I’m good

      1. I completely agree. The air, after all, belongs to you. Just dump your poison into it and I will sick it up and die from lung cancer.

      2. Brandon you make an arse of yourself in every comment, doesn’t matter what about. Does it make you feel better at night, being a blithering idiot on some forum?

    5. You do realize you don’t get lung cancer from anything that comes from a vehicle other than brake dust or the fumes from the plastics from a new vehicle which by the way are in all electric vehicles to breathing petroleum doesn’t cause cancer

    6. This not new news. This was announced awhile ago. Also the second gen Leaf is really a reskinned first gen chassis with a lot of upgrades.

      The biggest problem with the new Leafs is the use passive temperature management of the battery while everyone else actively manages battery temperature. This leads to early battery degradation.

      You can easily spend $36K on a 2018 Leaf before incentives. I imagine the 2019 with the larger battery pack can easily go for $40K before incentives. The only advantage over the Bolt is active cruise control which is unavailable on the Bolt.

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