Vehicle redesigns will be a norm next year and the EV market will be having its share of the pie as well. The Nissan Leaf is especially in need of a revamp, when it comes to its look and range capabilities. But, maybe a performance improvement would do it good too.
By next year, the Chevrolet Bolt would have raked in great sales figures and the Tesla Model 3 would have kicked off its sales. The Hyundai Ioniq Electric, BMW i3 and the Volkwagen e-Golf would have plenty to boast about as well.
These vehicles will most likely be nearing the 200 miles of range mark while the Chevy Bolt, having already hit that mark, will be working toward the 300 miles mark. Meanwhile, the Model 3 could beat this when equipped with Tesla’s 100kWh battery unit.
Strike While the Iron is Hot
So, when the second-gen Nissan Leaf launches with a 60kWh battery next year, it may be too late as the 200-mile mark for EVs is only limited to this period and by 2018, it would have definitely been raised higher.
Now is the perfect time for the Leaf to be revived as it will help the model to maintain its status as the pioneer EV and not just another model that is following the waves of trend. Simply going forward with its 30kWh battery, making a little more than 100 miles, will not do the model much good for long.
Among the EVs mentioned above, the Leaf is the most successful and that may be the reason behind its downfall when its upcoming model fails to appeal to the consumers. It may result in a difference so big between expectation and reality that it would seem like an utter failure compared to its competitors.