Nissan Leaf will get a 40 kWh battery this year

Nissan Leaf

 

The 2017 MY will get a 140 EPA miles range (228 km).

 

The Renault-Nissan Alliance is serious about regaining the electric mobility leadership.

Later this year, around November you’ll be able to choose the Leaf in three trims. The entry level with 30 kWh battery and the mid and high level with 40 kWh battery. The 24 kWh will be discontinued.

In the Portuguese Nissan website the entry level trim was only available with the 24 kWh battery, now it has the 30 kWh option. Currently the Nissan Leaf Visia 30 kWh (battery included) is priced at 26.015 € while the Visia 24 kWh is more expensive and still show the old price of 27.215 €. This is another sign that the 24 kWh will be discontinued.

 

I  wrote on this blog that if Nissan couldn’t introduce the second generation before the Bolt, they would release a bigger battery for the current Leaf to gain time. I think that the second generation Leaf is being delayed because Nissan wants to have a stable/safe autonomous system working, even more now that Tesla Motors is having bad publicity about their own Autopilot system. But I thought that Nissan would release a 48 kWh battery not 40 kWh. Yet the 40 kWh battery is great news and means that the energy density of the cells improved from 317 Wh/L to 528 Wh/L since the first 24 kWh battery. Not yet in Tesla Motors territory but not far… The second generation NMC cells are making this possible.

If Nissan and Renault start sharing components as Carlos Ghosn suggested, the 40 kWh battery makes sense, since the Renault Zoe will also have one with the same capacity. Both Zoe and Leaf will probably have the same 192 cells but in a different package.

It’s still unknown if Nissan will do a minor facelift for the 2017 MY. I hope they will make one similar to what Tesla did with the Model S. The Leaf nose and those froggy eyes need a makeover, Nissan should also make some aerodynamic tweaks to further improve efficiency like they did in the Aero Style model only available in Japan.

Now with the current generation Leaf getting a 40 kWh battery, the second generation shouldn’t arrive before late 2017 or early 2018.

 

The 40 kWh Leaf also suggest that Nissan will compete with the Bolt by having a lower price. Since Nissan now produces the Leaf in 4 factories around the world (counting with the Venucia E30 clone in China), they have the mass production advantage over the competition to drop prices fairly easy. I truly believe that the Renault-Nissan Alliance will be the first automaker to sell electric cars with similar prices to gas cars.

 

 

More info:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/MaLEAFunepassion/permalink/795819083887418/

http://menu-principal-forums-aveq.1097349.n5.nabble.com/batterie-40kw-vrai-ou-faux-td47770.html

http://configurador.nissan.pt/leaf

Pedro Lima

More than natural resources, are wasted human resources that bothers me the most. That's why I'm a strong advocate of a society based on cooperation, not competition, that helps every individual to reach his full potential so that he can contribute back to society. "From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs".

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13 Responses

  1. xado says:

    will be ordered as soon as possible,my 2013 leaf is ready to change in december

  2. Rafael says:

    Hola Pedro lima. Tengo varias preguntas ¿Esta nueva batería de 40kwh cojera en el mismo espacio que la actual de 30kwh?. ¿Las celdas que monta esta versión de 40kwh serán aquellas que anunciaste de 240wh/kg?. He leido en varias paginas que Panasonic tiene listas unas celdas con un 10% de silicio en el Anodo para el Tesla model 3 con una Energía gravimetrica de 300wh/kg ¿Sabes algo más de esto al respecto?. Este Leaf con 228 km de autonomía real ya es otro cantar a muchos ya les valdria incluso a mí pero como dices una versión de 48kwh ya hubiera sido redonda otorgandole 270-280 km. Perdon por el toston.

    • Pedro Lima says:

      Olá.

      Sim, a bateria de 40 kWh ocupará o mesmo espaço. Ainda não se sabe o peso que terá. Nem se continuarão a ser fabricadas pela AESC ou passarão a ser LG Chem como no Zoe.

      É verdade as células Panasonic para o Modelo 3 terão o formato 20700 e uma densidade energética a rondar os 300 Wh/kg.

      Deveremos ter mais detalhes no Paris Motor Show em Outubro.

      Abraço.

  3. sapcmc says:

    If the batteries are to be shared with Renault either Renault will dump LG Chem or Nissan will start working as well with LG Chem.

    In case Nissan decides to use LG Chem cells I wonder how they will last without a proper thermal management system as the Nissan one is totally passive.

  4. Yoda says:

    Thanks for posting EV news about future products…
    In a comment over at InsideEvs one of their editors just stated that they sit on news about future products to protect short term EV sales an thus the billion dollar profits of establised auto manufactures…
    As a reader and consumer who does not make billion dollar profits I appreaciate real and honest news so I can make up my own mind…

    • Pedro Lima says:

      I really don’t care about traditional automakers. They are making electric cars with old battery tech and high prices to keep selling poluting cars.

      We already have technology to make electric cars compete in range and price with gas cars. Automakers just don’t want it to happen.

      • Peter says:

        Tesla also only want to sell, like the Powerwall which is not a good product compared to LG Chem, E3DC or other systems. Tesla is playing the world rescue but cars are the problem, also EVs. For the world its better drive by bus or bycicle so its really not important if the EV revolution take 10 or 20 years.

        • Jh says:

          Actually. Irl outised pf the ecp bubble it is very important. Personal transport is here to stay. Wh

  5. Jonas Jovial says:

    E será que finalmente terra arrefecimento activo das baterias?

  6. Jonas Jovial says:

    Se conseguisse um número de chassis ainda este ano é que era bom.. assim ainda conseguia usufruir dos 2250€ do abate..

  7. Loek says:

    Could I fit the 40kw batterie in my 2016 (30kw) Leaf?

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