After Portugal, Spain and the USA, it’s Norway’s time to get the entry level Nissan Leaf (Visia) with the 30 kWh battery.
The 24 kWh battery it’s still an option, but it’s soon to be discontinued since the 2017 Nissan Leaf is about to be announced with a 30 kWh battery for the entry level, while the highest trims get 41-42 kWh.
There was an expectation to see if Nissan would take this opportunity to start using LG Chem battery cells, but the information I have now is that the 2017 Nissan Leaf will continue with AESC cells and without TMS (Thermal Management System). The new battery pack is already being built at Nissan’s battery plant in Sunderland, UK. According to Nissan the new generation battery pack will also be available in the Nissan e-NV200 electric van.
So if you want a Nissan electric car with TMS and LG Chem battery cells, you’ll probably want to wait for the Nissan Micra EV that will share many components with the Renault Zoe and will be built at the same Renault plant in Flins, France.
Truth to be told the bigger capacity allows the battery to be discharge at lower C rate and generate less heat. Not having a TMS will be less worrying than it’s now. At least if the electric motor continues to be the same. Nissan could surprise us with a more powerful motor and faster DC charging, but it’s very unlikely.
What do you think? Will Nissan Leaf’s lower price allows it to sell relatively well even without a TMS?