Although it wasn’t mentioned explicitly, the semi-autonomous ProPilot technology that Nissan recently premiered on a Leaf prototype is going to make its way into the second-gen electric hatch for 2017.

The same plot applies to the new range extender called e-Power which, as is typical of Nissan, is being hinted for an upcoming compact car.

This vehicle, according to Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, will “meet consumer demand for greater autonomy and fuel efficiency.”

Put two and two together and you’ll find that Nissan is merely being coy about the new Nissan Leaf – unless the EV is just a red herring to an all-new electric compact hatch or sedan. What are the odds though?

Anyway, pairing a range extender to a 60kWh that is worth over 200 miles on its own is an exciting proposition. Perhaps range would be able to go close to 300 miles with the help of the small gas engine?

That would certainly give the Leaf a massive advantage over the Chevrolet Bolt, and draw it closer to long-standing sales rival Chevrolet Volt.

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Daniel Evjen · June 27, 2016 at 6:32 pm

I very much hope that Nissan does not put a gas engine into its Nissan Leaf. Any thought of gasoline in the Nissan Leaf makes me want to barf. I currently own a 2011 Nissan Leaf and am proud to say I have no fan belts, radiator, spark plugs, oil dripping valve covers, filthy tail pipe smells, etc. etc. etc…. All, I can say is do not back-track into this filthy muck ever again.

    Tomk777 · June 28, 2016 at 7:43 am

    If the were smart, they would use a small fuel cell as a range extender, no ICE, just electric power, heat, and water vapor as by products, the stack wouldn’t have to be that large to extend the range by 100 miles.

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