2018 Nissan Leaf: Too Little, Too Late!
Today, an ideal battery unit for a top EV would be a 60kWh and this is proven by the Chevrolet Bolt. The Bolt has been leading when it comes to zero emissions thus it isn’t much of a surprise that it keeps nabbing awards of recent.
The Bolt continues to soar amongst buyers while its rival, the Nissan Leaf, falls to the bottom of the list. Although the weird looking hatch may be leading in terms of international EV sales, it does seem likely that Nissan would soon lose that, too.
There is a way around this; the second-gen Leaf, likely coming with 60kWh battery with over 200 miles of range, could catapult the brand into the top of the list again.
However, that may be too late as folks had anticipated the 60kWh Leaf to arrive as a 2017 variant but Nissan had remained with its current 30kWh unit, worth 107 miles, as the sole battery option, disappointing many fans.
The automaker had foregone the 35kWh or 40kWh battery option which indicates that the Leaf would be left behind the all-new BMW i3, Ford Focus Electric and the Hyundai Ioniq Electric.
The only way the Leaf could be a success is if Nissan decided to equip the 2018 model with a battery unit larger than the 60kWh option. This is due to the need to surpass the Bolt’s lead in regards of sales and the fact that the Tesla Model 3 would be arriving at that same period.
It’s especially crucial that Nissan’s ProPilot self-driving system has to be more appealing than Tesla’s Level 5 Autopilot so that the Leaf would be to have an edge over the Tesla.
On top of that, it isn’t exactly a problem if the Bolt isn’t coming with a semi-autonomous driving feature as the Leaf will not be able to be on the same level as the former when it comes to practicality.