AutomotiveNews reports that Nissan has some big plans for the next generation LEAF EV, After speaking with Nissan’s executive vice president, Andy Palmer, word is that the new LEAF will benefit greatly from new and improved battery technology to offer greater range.
Specifics weren’t shared with AN, but Palmer did indicate at one point that EVs need to have a range of up to 300 km or 186 miles in order to stay competitive with uprise in hydrogen fuel cell technology from Honda and Toyota. Why Nissan isn’t jumping on the hydrogen fuel cell technology is beyond us, especially since hydrogen fuel cells don’t need hours to recharge.
The Nissan LEAF will otherwise be offered with “more mainstream” styling when compared to its bubble-like hatch shape of today. Stylistically, the the LEAF should gain Nissan’s latest corporate “V-motion” front design. A launch date sometime in 2017 is expected.