Nissan Leaf will get a 40 kWh battery this year

2016 Nissan Leaf

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.



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Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. I’m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.

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5 years ago

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

5 years ago

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.

5 years ago

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.

5 years ago

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…

5 years ago
Reply to  Pedro Lima

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.

5 years ago
Reply to  Peter

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

Jonas Jovial
5 years ago

E será que finalmente terra arrefecimento activo das baterias?

Jonas Jovial
5 years ago

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

5 years ago

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

5 years ago
Reply to  Loek

Sure you will be able and there are several aftermarket options coming to.