Nissan Sway concept teaser

2017 Nissan Leaf to look more conventional, get 400 km range

March 14, 2015
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A new report by Green Car Reports provides a number of details about the 2017 Nissan Leaf. The design of the currently sold model is polarizing. The next-generation model would however look conventional, says the report. The Nissan Sway concept that was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show could possibly form the design basis of the all-electric hatchback as the company describes it as a glimpse at how the future generation of small Nissan models could look. The design can be expected to be less curvy and more angular.

One of the most important changes on the new-generation model should be its driving range. Backed by a statement given by Andy Palmer, ex-product chief of Nissan, the report suggests that different ranges could be offered if there are multiple battery-size options. The ex-product chief “strongly hinted” the possibility of the all-new model being offered with a range of battery options at different prices, says the report.

The currently sold model has a maximum driving range of 228 km in the Japanese cycle. Carlos Ghosn, CEO and President of Nissan, said in a TV interview late last year that the driving range of the second-generation Nissan Leaf will be more than 400 km (249 miles), as per a report by Daily Kanban.

This impressive driving range can be expected, considering that technologies and components used in EVs will have progressed way ahead from what existed when the first-generation model was first introduced in 2010.

Since the launch, the battery cell supplier for the EV has been Automotive Electric Supply Corporation, a JV between Nissan and NEC. All the lithium-ion battery packs are produced at dedicated battery production facilities in Japan, USA and the UK. However, a report by Bloomberg from September 2014 claims that the Japanese automaker is planning to cut battery manufacturing by shutting down dedicated battery facilities of in USA and the UK.

The same report adds that the company would limit its battery production and follow the move of sister company Renault by sourcing batteries from South Korea’s LG Chem. Combining these two reports, it can speculated that batteries could be sourced from both AESC and NEC. The possibility of this move implies that the 2017 Leaf could be offered with a range of battery options, each having different driving range and price.

The second-generation model of the “leading, environmentally friendly, affordable family car” will officially debut in 2016.

[Source 1: Green Car Reports]

[Source 2: Daily Kanban]

[Source 3: Bloomberg]

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