- Posted May 9, 2014 by
Next Nissan LEAF to get better battery
The engineers at Nissan are hard at work on new battery technology that will go into the next Nissan LEAF, due in an estimated three or four years. Currently the all-electric LEAF has an estimated range of 84 miles, already an improvement from last year’s 73 miles. Nissan’s goal for the next generation EV is much higher, however.
Their updated goal is 186 miles or 300 kilometers, which puts it in the range of hydrogen vehicles and cars like the Tesla Model S. Nissan has been working on battery pack improvements for the current LEAF as well, and an all-electric Infiniti is in the near future once the new technology has been further developed.
The new Infiniti EV will be packaged as a more traditional sedan, which should allow for more space for the battery pack. The LEAF will remain a hatchback, but will have very different styling.
Brand global design chief, Mamoru Aoki, said that EVs no longer need to grab people’s attention with radical designs. The next LEAF will look more mainstream, and share design cues with other Nissan products such as the recently redesigned Rogue crossover. It will, however, still have unique styling that sets it apart from gas models, such as no front grille.
“The current LEAF is aiming too much at an EV-like appearance,” said Aoki. “Tesla doesn’t look EV at all. The Tesla S just looks very nice, very sporty, sleek, but very authentic.”