Next-gen Nissan Leaf aims for 340-mile range

generation of Nissan's Leaf electric hatchback, due in 2018, will be offered with a selection of different batteries, one of which can provide up to a distance of 340 miles.

figures such variety will make the Leaf a much bigger choice and reduce the principal, if not eradicate, various anxiety for those who have so far been put off by the limited range of electric cars.

Nissan Leaf weight first next to the IDS concept at the Tokyo Motor Show last November. That the concept car featured 60kWh battery, which is said to offer a range of between 310 and 340 miles.

Next-gen Nissan Leaf aims for 340-mile range

Nissan Gareth Dunsmore, business unit director for zero-emission company, revealed that the range must be feasible for production in 2018, provided a larger battery meet the target price and the durability of Nissan.

He did not refer directly to the Leaf, but with replacement due in 2018, it seems 340 miles could be the key figures for the range-topping models in the Leaf-generation line-up.

Leaves as recently revised now offered with a larger, 30kWh lithium ion battery, which is good for a range of 155 miles claimed, up from 124 miles of 24kWh battery standard.

This strategy will continue with the next-gen Leaf, by Nissan is set to offer several different battery to give buyers a choice of different ranges - and with prices rising to match.

It's the same strategy with the Tesla. Offers a larger battery packs allow Nissan Leaf to provide longer range although there has been no significant chemical or technological breakthrough in battery technology, which is understood still a decade or more away.

While the Leaf has a list price higher than more conventional rivals, the majority of models purchased from a three-year lease deals. This is where Nissan can compete with petrol and diesel models, the Leaf costs about £ 200 to £ 250 per month at present. Each high capacity battery will attract a premium on rental rates.

"We have two battery options now, and will grow options, making it more accessible with a longer range and prices to match," said Dunsmore.

Nissan is seeing interest in the Leaf is now improving all the time, and in March of this year 6% of total European sales of the EVS. Dunsmore hopes that figure will rise to 20% by 2020, something 2018 Leaf, with a greater range, should help to achieve.

Nissan has not had a plug-in hybrid models in the range, although it is becoming the technology of many other manufacturers are adopting to reduce the CO2 emissions of their fleets. Dunsmore believes plug-in to compromise.

He said: "When you are driving a plug-in, you have an electric motor and internal combustion engines. You use the machine most of the time and it makes emission bad. I see the relevance, but there is a compromise. I'm glad we made the move and establishing leadership in vehicle electricity. "

Dunsmore also welcomed competition from other brands, because it helps to increase consumer acceptance of EVs.

"Nissan showed courage 10 years ago to invest $ 4 billion (£ 2.77bn) in electric vehicles, and all the courage that has been building up the expertise that is unmatched," he said. "Other brands are now fellow pioneers. EVS is a real and viable alternative, and we are now headed tangible benefits in the cities and to the climate.

"We've been the leader for five years. Sales and volume is important for business, but driving Nissan as an expert in the technology that is important too."

He also said Tesla has helped lead Nissan to increase the visibility of electric technology. "Having Tesla, visibility to the technology is a huge benefit," he said. "Go to Google, type in 'EV' and we were there. We have expertise in technology and in making it accessible. We will continue to do it, and more and more people are pursuing more visibility there for us."