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2017 Nissan Leaf Range Stuns Bolt, Model 3 – Suspicious?

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It may not be so much of a concern in smaller countries, but in the US range is the most important criterion for any EV to survive and succeed. For the 2017 Nissan Leaf, anything less than 200 miles on a single charge would be unacceptable given its reputation.

That’s what everyone is expecting from the compact, but no one anticipates it going as far as 340 miles. Yes, UK’s Autocar reports that the impending Leaf is going to go as far as 547km.

Perhaps it’s a mistake from the source, because the 90kWh Tesla Model S doesn’t even go that far. It would require Nissan to fit a 120kWh battery into its all-electric hatch.

If, by some crazy chance Nissan does equip the Leaf with an incredibly dense battery to manage that sort of distance, it would certainly flatten the Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla Model 3 which have promised not more than 220 miles each.

Maybe it’s a simple error from the original source which could have mistaken kilometers for miles, because 340km translates to roughly 210 miles, a more realistic figure for a 60kWh battery.

1 Comment

  1. DM

    July 2, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    I have averaged over 5 miles per kilowatt hour for a month many times but significant highway miles will reduce it. Not impossible by any means but unlikely a normal rate especially in a car made heavier by the larger battery.