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?

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Plop meh · June 23, 2016 at 10:53 am

Kill Tesla? Psh, yeah write. It can’t compete with Tesla’s price and ecosystem of free superchargers.

EvLover · June 23, 2016 at 3:32 pm

According to EPA, current Tesla Model S with 90 kWh battery and All Wheel Drive is rated as:

285.7 miles in City
303.2 miles on Highway

and combined city/highway mixed range is 294 miles

(The spreadsheet has 4 tabs, please choose the one with “EVs” then do a search for the number “303.2”

MIB · June 23, 2016 at 6:39 pm

Having bought an early model 2011 Leaf when the factory was saying the range was over 100 miles, I would question every number that NISSAN puts into print.

Toblakai · June 23, 2016 at 9:09 pm

@plop Superchargers are only free for Model S, Model 3 owners will need to pay extra.

Danal Estes · June 24, 2016 at 3:22 am

Basing the “Car X could ruin Car y” solely on range is a somewhat limited perspective. It is like saying that an gasoline cars sells solely on how big their gas tank. Once past a comfortable threshold where the fuel tank allows one to reach gas/charging stations comfortably, it drops off the radar of important features.

And, in the US, Nissan has not been very successful with dealer charge stations being usable by Leaf drivers (I own one). Whereas Tesla has absolutely kicked ass, worldwide, at getting charge stations deployed.

And every Tesla station is usable by every Tesla car, 24/7 (cost or not, to be determined). All other electric cars face a patchwork quilt of chargers that vary in hours of accessibility, enrollment, and more.

Bjrosen · June 24, 2016 at 3:43 am

340 miles would require two tons of batteries, where would they put them in a car the size of a Leaf? The smart solution is a pony engine like the Chevy Volt has. I have a 2017 Volt, I’m getting 58 miles on the battery and 45 MPG on the 1.5L pony engine for a total range of 460 miles. The 58 mile battery range is good enough for daily driving 58 miles on the battery is sufficient and the range extender gas engine handles long trips. I did a 385 mile trip to Maine last week on 7 gallons of gas, I had 2 gallons remaining when I got home. Until there is a huge improvement in batteries, at least 4X, range extended electrics are the only practical solution.

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