A 60kWh battery unit is crucial for a model to be a leading 2017 EV and that’s exactly why the Chevrolet Bolt has been on top, in terms of zero emissions. So, it’s not really a surprise that this model keeps nabbing awards.
The Bolt has been garnering plenty of attention lately; so much so that the Nissan Leaf has been left in the dark. Although the Leaf still tops when it comes to global EV sales, it’s possible that it would be stripped off its position soon.
However, the second-gen Leaf, boasting a 60kWh while offering over 200 miles of range, will give the model another chance to position itself at the top.
But, will that be too late?
Most buyers were anticipating the 60kWh Leaf to arrive as a 2017 model yet the automaker remained with its 30kWh unit with only 107 miles as the only option.
Being Left Behind
Nissan’s move of omitting a 35kWh or 40kWh battery option meant that the Leaf would be way behind the new BMW i3, Ford Focus Electric as well as the Hyundai Ioniq Electric.
It’s absolutely crucial for the Leaf to possess something bigger than the 60kWh unit for the 2018 model year if Nissan really wants to be on top. The Leaf needs to catch up with the Bolt as well as the Tesla Model 3, which is slated to arrive about the same time.
For the Leaf to one up Tesla’s Level 5 Autopilot, it’s necessary for Nissan’s ProPilot self-driving system to be more enticing. Besides, it doesn’t really matter if the Bolt lacks in semi-autonomous driving feature as the Leaf wouldn’t be able to match up to it, when it comes to functionality.