Eaton Nissan xStorage reveals future battery capacity

Eaton Nissan xStorage installed

Now that we know what will be the battery capacity of the Eaton Nissan xStorage in 2017, we can accurately calculate the new battery capacity for the Renault Kangoo ZE, Nissan e-NV200 and facelifted Nissan Leaf.


Below we have the technical details of the Eaton Nissan xStorage.


Eaton Nissan xStorage technical overview


We can see a 60 % battery capacity improvement for 2017 and this goes hand in hand with the information that Renault provided about the new battery for the Renault Kangoo ZE. Renault says that the Kangoo ZE will have its NEDC range increased from 170 to 270 km, this equals to 59 % improvement.


The battery in the Renault Kangoo ZE, Nissan e-NV200 and Nissan Leaf has 48 modules, while the Eaton Nissan xStorage has only 12. Each module is made with 4 AESC battery cells in 2s2p configuration. Remember that the Nissan Leaf’s original battery was only 23,4 kWh (192 x 32,5 Ah x 3,75 V) total, it didn’t reach the advertised 24 kWh capacity.

The 60 % battery capacity improvement corresponds to an increase from 23,4 to 37,44 kWh.


Cell Type
Laminate Type
Cathode Active Material
LMO with LNO
Anode Active Material
Capacity (0,3 C)
32,5 Ah
Nominal Voltage
3,75 V
Exterior Dimensions
290 mm
216 mm
787 g
Energy Density
317 Wh/L
157 Wh/kg

Technical specs for the AESC battery cells in the old 24 kWh battery.


While it’s still unknown if the new battery cells will have their weight and volume unchanged, it’s very probable, this means an energy density increase to 507 Wh/L and 251 Wh/kg, not bad for a pouch cell.


Here you have it, you can expect 37,44 kWh capacity for the new battery, this is a bit disappointing since the first information I got months ago was that the facelifted Nissan Leaf would get at least 41-42 kWh of usable battery capacity.

Yet, the Hyundai IONIQ Electric proved us that battery capacity isn’t everything. What cool features do you think Nissan has reserved for the facelifted Leaf unveil?


Thanks Rik for the heads up!



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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
4 years ago

What will be the usefull capacita then? 34, 35 kWh?

Let’s prata for a gerar increase in effeciency then.

Jonas Jovial
4 years ago
Reply to  Pedro Lima

I had no idea it was already allowed in Europe. I don’t know if i can get used to it. Besides, with cameras there’s always the problem with drops of water distorting the picture or even fog condensation on the camera lens, except if they are heated.

4 years ago
Reply to  Pedro Lima

The IONIQ has 28kWh usable, ~31.1kWh total. Unlike other manufacturers, Hyundai advertises their usable capacity. ~34kWh would only be about 9 to 10% bigger than the Ioniq’s battery. It is unlikely the Nissan Leaf will be able to match the Ioniq’s efficiency, lugging around a larger battery & all.

4 years ago

What a Christmas gift from Nissan. Not that I thought I would ever buy one again anyway. But still, really disappointing to see what they, the first of the incumbent car makers to embrace EVs, have to offer seven years down the road.

I don’t believe for a second they will be able to touch the Ioniq in terms of efficiency. And then this, like the Ioniq itself, is a cra that is obsolete before it is even introduced. It doesn’t matter what “cool features” they add or don’t (and besides, Nissan hasn’t made a cool car since the original GT-R).

4 years ago

In the forbes article Nissan design chief said new Leaf will look like the IDS concept. With this design they could beat any EV in efficieny and reach 450 km NEFZ or 160 miles EPA I think.
They sure will advertise Leaf 40 like the Renault Zoe Z.E. 40 so that normal buyers don’t look close what is the real capacity. But end of 2017 Nissan surely will switch to LG chem cells.

4 years ago
Reply to  Pete

Well the real capacity for the Zoe 40 is 41kwh usable.
Which makes me wonder why nissan would put anything less into the bigger leaf. Not sure if trying to work it out from the capacity of the xstorage is the way to go.

4 years ago

as long as it’s possible to drive real 200km in winter on the motorway (~120-130km/h) and it does not look like the current leaf, i don’t care how much the new battery stores 🙂

4 years ago
Reply to  Leaf

For me that would be good too. But with A/C on. Luckly were i live winters are,not very cold.

4 years ago

I find it a bit strange. Nissan has in the past shown a pack with the dimensions as used in the current Leaf with 60kWh capacity.

Also it is entirely possible they redesigned the pack for the new model.

So I don’t think anything can be concluded from the math done in the article.

4 years ago

Also 60% up from the current 30kWh is the 48 we heard rumoured before. If combined with better efficiency that might be enough instead of 60kWh

4 years ago
Reply to  Erik

The xStorage 6 kWh edition is using the 32.5 Ah cells from the 24 kWh Leaf. You can easily calculate this by multiplying the Wh of each cell with the number of cells (48).