First teaser image of the new generation Nissan Leaf

First teaser image of the new generation Nissan Leaf

 

The official debut in September 6th is less than 4 months away.

 

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance is set to regain the electric mobility leadership. In the official twitter account of Nissan Electric we can see the following tweet:

 

 

In December last year the Alliance started delivering the improved ZE 40 battery for the Renault Zoe, now it’s time to focus in improving the Nissan Leaf. However, unlike the Renault Zoe that – apart from the increased battery capacity and improved range – basically stayed the same, the new Nissan Leaf will be improved in many ways (design, efficiency, range, faster charging and safety features for example).

The range evolution of the two Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance most sold electric cars can be seen in the chart below.

 

Lecture about Renault Zoe and its future by Masato Origuchi

 

This chart was shown in 2015, in a lecture by Masato Origuchi, EV Battery Development Group Leader at Renault. Until today it has proven to be very accurate 😉

 

While most of the electric car enthusiasts are raving about a 60 kWh battery option for the highest trim, I think that it’s much more important to deliver a new entry-level Leaf with a 40 kWh battery and roughly 400 km range (NEDC) that doesn’t cost more than the current generation, which only gets 250 km range in the same optimistic test cycle. If we want to see the massification of electric cars we have to reduce prices. Doesn’t matter how excellent is an electric car if it’s much more expensive than the cars that the majority of the population buys.

 

Truth to be said the new entry-level Leaf battery capacity might be sightly smaller than 40 kWh if we consider the latest two pieces of the puzzle…

 

First, the new Eaton Nissan xStorage reveals that if Nissan use the same battery cells in the new Leaf that they use for the xStorage, the Leaf battery capacity will be 37,44 kWh, or 38,4 kWh by Nissan standards…

Remember that the Nissan Leaf battery has 48 battery cell modules, while the Eaton Nissan xStorage has only 12, which is 4 times less. The math here is very simple: 9,6 kWh x 4 = 38,4 kWh

 

Eaton Nissan xStorage technical overview

 

The second piece of the puzzle is the Alliance Global Director of EV and HEV Engineering Division of Nissan, Kazuo Yajima’s recent interview.

 

Nissan Leaf range evolution in Japanese JC08 Cycle

 

In my opinion a 38,4 kWh battery in the entry-level trim would be quite acceptable, but only if Nissan improves the Leaf’s efficiency to levels close to the Hyundai IONIQ Electric. It’s difficult but not impossible, we’ll see…

 

All in all, I’m very optimistic that Nissan will deliver with the new generation Leaf, an electric car with the best price/quality ratio available in 2017 and will set the standards for affordable electric cars. What do you think?

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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10 Responses

  1. Jonas Jovial says:

    Already own a 30kWh (28) Leaf since the beginning of this year. Would like to have that one, but this one serves my needs. Only a better coverage of the PCR is needed. The centre interior of Portugal is completely forgotten 🙁

  2. Bolt says:

    I agree about the battery size, also I hope Nissan keeps investing in its AESC factories even though Ghosn has revealed other plans. The charging speed of the Bolt is really disappointing with how it early it tapers off even at a 50 kW charger. Cheap NMC-cells from LG with very high capacity aren’t necessarily the holy grail of batteries, trade-offs have to be made in other areas. The charging speed of the Bolt (NMC) and the permanently reduced SC speed of some Teslas with high usage (NCA) makes me curious what Nissan can deliver with more robust LMO-cells in regards of charging speed. If extremely high capacity came without drawbacks everyone would do it.

    By the way the Ioniq charges at an impressive rate, does anyone have any further information on the energy density in those cells in comparison to those used in the Bolt and Zoe?

    • Pedro Lima says:

      Hello Bolt.

      Since the introduction of the 30 kWh battery Nissan no longer uses LMO battery cells, they are NMC now, which is a good thing.

      As for the LG Chem battery cells in the Hyundai IONIQ Electric I wish I had more information, but I suspect that the energy density is not very different from what we get in the Zoe or the Bolt. The battery size is actually very small, Hyundai can expand the battery to the front seats to get more capacity. The problem is interior space, since Hyundai wants to keep the IONIQ low height to achieve good aerodynamics.

      https://i.ytimg.com/vi/kHNSVe4xFLM/maxresdefault.jpg

      You might find the topic below interesting:

      http://www.mykiasoulev.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=662

  3. EVangelist says:

    I disagree. 40kwh is not enough.

    I have been driving only EV´s since 2009 -> Think City, Buddy Kewet, Mitusbishi I-Miev, and for the last 3 year a 2013 euroleaf. I am what you can call a EVangelist. But I´m tired. Really tired.

    I have 5 long trips with my finance and 2 kids a year to my parents (270km) or in-laws (200km) And the unreliability or long lines at QC chargers, the time you have to spend using them is just… Well I have had it. I´ve reached my limit. I almost said yes to a hybrid company car at my new job a month ago, but managed to get a permission to order a Ampera-e instead. Now that car is 1.5 years delayed in Norway. Turns our its just a compliance insult of a car, or the PSA acisition is playing a role.

    So now I´m now placing my hopes on a Leaf 2.0 with at LEAST 300 KM of real world winter range. That would require about 60 kwh.

    Anything lesser than that and I´m probably getting calling quits on my 8-year streak without a drop of gas and getting myself a hybrid until the the M3 or any other EV with a 60kw+ battery is avaliable without more than a 2-3 months wait.

    • Pedro Lima says:

      The Renault Zoe R90 with the new ZE 40 battery could work for you, even with that 270 km trip, but not at highway speeds…

      • EVangelist says:

        So I’m also tired of not following the traffic speeds, cruising behind trailers.

        That, and the Zoe is also a nightmare to charge in Norway. We have IT grid here and the Zoe needs TN. So the result is you need to bring along special transforming gear when venturing away from your home base. Also it probably has the most irritation high freq. noise of all EV’s when its charging.

  4. Steve says:

    Yes, it seems clear that the Bolt/Ampera E is a compliance car. So much for GM’s fanfare and BS.. really I think the best bet would be for Hyundai to increase the battery in the Ioniq to 55kw. This is a really great car and they have an opportunity now. A year ago the Chevy Bolt had beaten everyone to the affordable 200 mile mark. But they are killing it off before the public get a chance to have it. We have seen this movie before.

  5. Brandon says:

    There seems to be some doubt it some people’s minds wether or not the LEAF 2 will have a 60 kWh battery or not.

    IT WILL… and this is already from a year ago:

    http://insideevs.com/nissan-exec-confirms-60-kwh-leaf-is-coming-wont-say-when-wvideo/

  6. Stefan Ko says:

    Since i got the IONIQ and i can drive 230 km where the Zoe Q90 41 kWh made 260 km – i dont think, that the new Leaf will do more km than the IONIQ does – or just a little bit more.
    In cities, I can drive my IONIQ under 10 kWh / 100 km consumption.
    That means: 280 km real – but i would say 200-230 km is more real at all.

    When Hyundai will release a battery upgrade or a new IONIQ in 2018/19, with 40+ kWh, it will be a good deal also.
    But dont forget Model 3…

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