2018 Nissan Leaf: No Reason For 60kWh
At the CES 2017, Nissan announced that its all-new Nissan Leaf will be arriving, “in the near future.” However, the automaker did not mention anything on increasing its range.
According to AutoBlog, the official PR of Nissan revealed that, “The model will be equipped with ProPILOT technology, enabling autonomous drive functionality for single-lane highway driving. This new LEAF will build on the company’s leadership in electric vehicles, which includes more than 250,000 Nissan LEAFs sold worldwide since 2010. The new LEAF represents the next chapter of Nissan Intelligent Power.”
Nissan’s senior vice president of research and advanced engineering, Takao Asami, had confirmed some years ago that Nissan would be developing a 60kWh battery with more than 200 miles of range for the Leaf, but revealed that there is a reason why it can’t be done right now.
“We are not selling it because price, cost, profitability, and volume were not expected to meet our business criteria,” clarified Asami.