The Chevrolet Bolt has been leading the way when it comes to zero emissions; so, it’s not surprising that it has been stashing plenty of awards under its belt. However, the Bolt’s success has pushed the Nissan Leaf into the shadows.
Although the Leaf may be leading when it comes to international EV sales, there are signs that it may be losing that soon too. Thankfully, the second-gen Leaf featuring a 60kWh with over 200 miles of range will most likely help the model retain that title.
But, we can’t help but wonder if that would be too late?
Fans were expecting to see the 60kWh Leaf coming as a 2017 model but the company disappointed them when it decided to keep on with its 30kWh battery option with 107 miles as the only choice.
As Nissan decided to forego any offerings of a 35kWh or 40kWh battery option, this means the Leaf will not be able to stand a chance against the new BMW i3, Ford Focus Electric and the Hyundai Ioniq Electric.
It’s crucial for the Leaf to have something bigger than 60kWh for its 2018MY – that is if it really wants to succeed. The Nissan not only has to catch up with the Bolt, it also needs to have an edge as Tesla’s Model 3 will be arriving about the same time.
Well, one sure way Nissan could cultivate an edge is to work on making its ProPilot self-driving system more appealing than Tesla’s Level 5 Autopilot to consumers.