Nissan Leaf Range 300km in 2017

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May 12, 2014

Nissan has been teasing customers with hints of a longer-range Leaf for months now.

Will they? Won’t they? And, how far?

Well, now its official! The next generation Leaf will have a 300 kilometer range, which is approximately 188 miles.

The extended range is all about battery chemistry, says Nissan executive vice president of zero emissions and Infiniti business, Andy Palmer.

“The battery chemistry is all about range and energy density. That’s where you see the technology moving very, very fast,” he said in an interview last month at the Beijing auto show. “This really is the game-changing technology.”

Palmer declined to offer a precise range, but added “the battery must deliver up to 300 kilometers, or 186 miles, for EVs to present an everyday alternative to the hydrogen fuel cell cars that rivals are developing.”

But, that doesn’t mean Nissan is done playing peak-a-boo with its customers.

In recent interview at the LA auto show, Nissan’s vice president of product and advanced planning and strategy Pierre Loing hinted the company might offer a multi-pack option that would extend the Leaf’s range to 400 kilometers, or 248 miles.

The big question: when will the next generation Leaf’s hit the streets?

Loing said, “I think if you thought about a normal model cycle from 2013, that would be realistic.” That would put the next Leaf’s arrival “just after Nissan’s Power 88 business plan, which ends March 31, 2017,” he added.

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Started Puget Sound Solar in 2001 with 30 years of construction contracting experience, and a desire to turn Seattle on to solar energy. Achieving NABCEP certification in 2004, Jeremy believes that our customers often follow a path similar to the one he took, starting out with solar daydreaming, then progressing to education on the subject, and eventually leading to action. In addition to leading the company he also does some teaching and speaking engagements about various aspects of solar energy, and experiments relentlessly with various solar, energy efficiency, and electric vehicle projects.

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