Despite the leaps made in other aspects of electric vehicles, range remains the number one priority for EV car shoppers, unless they live on an island like Japan.
For the US next year, it is paramount that the most popular all-electric models – Tesla Model S, Chevrolet Bolt, and Nissan Leaf – offer at least 200 miles of range.
The 2017 BMW i3 manages only up to 125 miles on a single charge, which is why it has been relegated to the ranks of the Ford Focus Electric, despite that being a major improvement over its previous 81 miles of range.
Initially, the 2017 Leaf, Bolt, and Model 3 were all expected to deliver up to 220 miles of range. However, Autocar has reported that Nissan is planning to release a battery option that would give the next-gen Leaf 340 miles of range. Yes, that’s as far as a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle could go.
The most any Tesla vehicle would be able to offer in the near future is about 250 miles on a single charge using a 90kWh battery. Is Nissan going to stuff a 120kWh pack into the upcoming Leaf?