Nissan discontinues 24 kWh battery in the USA

Nissan Leaf battery

John Voelcker from the Green Car Reports, contacted Paige Presley from the communications group at Nissan North America and got new information about the Nissan Leaf.


Paige Presley wrote:

“We have made a running change to the 2016 Leaf S model to equip it with 30-kwh battery packs as standard equipment, offering best-in-class range across all trim levels for Leaf.”

“Additionally, all 2016 Leaf S vehicles equipped with the 30-kwh battery pack will also come with the Quick Charge Package as a standard feature.”

“The base price of the 2016 Leaf S with the 30 kWh battery and Quick Charge Package is $32,450 before any federal, state or regional incentives are applied.”

“Should a customer desire a 2016 Leaf S with a 24-kwh battery, they can visit [the Nissan USA website] to locate a vehicle or find a dealership that will assist.”


This information isn’t surprising since Nissan Leaf’s lowest trim has the 30 kWh battery in Portugal and Spain since last July.

John Voelcker added that “the updated 30-kwh 2016 Nissan Leaf S cars started to reach dealerships late last month.”


With the 24 kWh battery out of production, the upcoming facelifted 2017 Nissan Leaf with a 30 kWh battery in the lowest trim and 41 kWh for the highest is set to be unveiled next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show.


Rendering of possible facelifted 2017 Nissan Leaf

Rendering of possible facelifted 2017 Nissan Leaf


The Chevrolet Bolt EV surprised us with its range and efficiency. Can the facelifted 2017 Nissan Leaf surprise us in some way? We already know the range will be lower but it can have better efficiency, higher charging rate and of course a much lower price tag.



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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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Jonas Jovial
5 years ago

The problem is the lack of battery cooling 🙁

5 years ago
Reply to  Jonas Jovial

Are we sure that the new 41kwh is without TMS?

5 years ago

So it’s official that the 2017 Leaf will have the same battery as its sister Zoe? Are we certain that the battery will be an LG Chem 41 kwh usable with TMS?

Two other questions:
1) Do you know if the battery (60kwh) of the Bolt is the usable portion or total?
2) It appears that Bolt has no heat pump so it could be a disadvantage for her in winter, unlike the Leaf, which has one?


5 years ago
Reply to  Pedro Lima

Sorry for the Bolt question that you already answered.

Regarding the Leaf, 41 kwh usable is a great upgrade (SV/SL is now 27 kwh usable) but without TMS it’s a big disavantage, would be nice during cold winter and hot summer and fast charging.

Bolt with almost 70 kwh and TMS is great. Maybe no heatpump is needed with all that kwh.

5 years ago

I still can’t put together, that the 4x Leaf will get a facelift, if Nissan just started deliverings of the new S with the same old design.

5 years ago

I hope you’re right. You did proclaim the new LEAF would be in Paris with exactly the same confidence you now seem to have for Vegas, so I’m not sure what to think. But it certainly doesn’t seem possible that Renault would have the new Zoe for 2017 while Nissan would continue with an unchanged LEAF, so I reckon something will emerge before year end anyway.

For me the biggest question mark is the price. It seems to me the Zoe is initially to expensive versus the Ampera-e, but that may still change by the time both can actually be bought. I certainly hope the LEAF and Zoe will be sufficiently aggressively priced to give Bolt/Ampera-e buyers something to think about. Lower priced cars are needed as much as more range, and all three of these can do very well in 2017 if the price of the Renault/Nissan offerings are sufficiently below the American.

I will likely try to live with my old LEAF a while longer, but if I were to switch in 2017 the only question would be whether I can get hold of an Ampera-e. In Norway it seems certain Opel won’t get nearly enough cars to satisfy demand.

5 years ago
Reply to  Terawatt

Renault Zoe 41 kwh is available right now, in 2016, so I also think that Nissan will offer an updated battery in the “current model” very soon.

4 years ago
Reply to  Frank

I’d be very happy if Nissan would allow us, pioneers and others, to upgrade our MK1 Leafs to 30KWh.
Unfortunally, the’ve already said it won’t be allowed, sorry, possible. If you want to upgrade your battery, toss the car away a buy a brand new one!
…unforgivable! Since the principle is environmentaly focused, its a nonsense!