The picture above is probably fake, but…
After Nissan recently announced that the 2017 Nissan Leaf would remain basically the same, with the small difference of the 30 kWh battery become standard on all trims, everybody got disappointed.
How is it possible that the biggest battery capacity for Nissan electric cars is only 30 kWh, while its sister company Renault is about to have a 41 kWh battery for the Renault Zoe, that’s a smaller electric car?!
Is Nissan dropping the ball now that the Chevrolet Bolt EV is almost here?!
Even before Nissan released the 2017 Nissan Leaf specs, I got the information that the Nissan Leaf would have two different variants. Similar to what Nissan currently does with the Versa Sedan and Versa Note, or the four different variants Toyota has in the USA for the Prius (Prius, Prius Prime, Prius C and Prius V).
This means that we’ll see Nissan selling two Leaf variants side by side until the original model is phased out.
Putting a bigger battery in a different variant makes it simpler for Nissan to explain that old Leafs can’t have it.
The other information I got is that the new battery is already in production at Sunderland, United Kingdom and will also be available to the Nissan e-NV200 electric van. It won’t be the same as the one used in Renault Zoe made with LG Chem battery cells.
The first electric Nissan to get the LG Chem battery will be the Nissan Micra EV in late 2017. Renault will build the Nissan Micra at the same Flins plant in France where it currently builds the Clio and the Zoe. Nissan Micra EV and Renault Zoe will share not only the battery but also other components.
Last but not least, the Nissan electric car based in the IDS concept with the 60 kWh battery won’t be here before 2018.
To answer my own question in the beginning. No, Nissan is not dropping the ball now that the Chevrolet Bolt EV is coming. Nissan will have more and better electric cars sooner than you might think.
This information is all I got for now, no need to send me e-mails to ask for more. As you can imagine I haven’t seen the new battery with my own eyes, I rely on information given to me, but I only make it public when I find the source(s) credible.
If you do have more information feel free to contact me or post it on the comment section.