One of the main reasons why the Chevrolet Bolt has successfully stayed on top, in terms of zero emissions, is the fact that it comes with a 60kWh battery. This has pushed the model to become an award-winning vehicle.
The Bolt has been garnering plenty of attention recently which leaves very little room for the Nissan Leaf. The odd-looking hatch may still be leading when it comes to international EV sales but it’s not impossible that it would lose that title soon too.
However, the latest iteration of the Leaf with 60kwh and 200 miles of range will most probably elevate the model right back into the race of becoming the best among the best.
But, could that be too late?
Many fans were anticipating the 60kWh Leaf to arrive as a 2017 model but Nissan retained it 30kWh unit with only 107 miles as the only option.
The automaker’s decision to keep that as the sole choice meant that the Leaf will be left behind the all-new BMW i3, Ford Focus Electric, and the Hyundai Ioniq Electric.
If it really wants to succeed, the Leaf needs something bigger for 2018 – bigger than the 60kWh option. It needs to play catch up with the Bolt and Tesla’s Model 3 as the latter will be arriving about the same time and may rob away all the attention.
The Leaf needs to one-up Tesla’s Level 5 Autopilot and the best way to do this is to make Nissan’s ProPilot self-driving system more attractive.