It’s absolutely essential to have a 60kWh battery in order to be a top 2017 EV; that’s why Chevy Bolt has managed to stay on top, when it comes to zero emissions. This has resulted in the model nabbing many awards recently.
The Bolt has been the center of attention lately which leaves the Nissan Leaf in the dark. The unique-looking hatch may still be on top in terms of global EV sales but it seems likely that it would lose that soon too.
That said, the second-gen Leaf arriving with 60kWh, offering over 200 miles of range, will most likely catapult the vehicle right back into the running to become the best of the best.
However, would that be too late then? Most folks were expecting to see the 60kWh Leaf as a 2017 model but the automaker stayed on with its 30kWh unit, offering 107 miles as the sole choice.
Nissan’s decision of not offering a 35kWh or 40kWh battery option meant that the Leaf would be left behind the new BMW i3, Ford Focus Electric along with the Hyundai Ioniq Electric.
The Leaf would need to have something bigger than the 60kWh option for the 2018 model year, if Nissan is determined for it to succeed. This model needs to catch up with the Bolt and seeing that it’ll be arriving about the same time as Tesla’s Model 3, it stands to risk of being overwhelmed by the latter’s publicity.
In order for the Leaf to have an edge over Tesla’s Level 5 Autopilot, Nissan’s ProPilot self-driving system would need to be more appealing. On top of that, it really doesn’t matter if the Bolt doesn’t come with a semi-autonomous driving feature as the Leaf will not be able to level up to it, in terms of practicality.