Currently, the Nissan Leaf comes with a 24 kWh battery pack. Later this year, however, when the 2016 model year starts selling, Nissan will be offering a higher grade package that comes with a 30 kWh batter pack – that’s a 25% increase!
Although the information hasn’t been directly confirmed (or denied) by Nissan, the information was first leaked on the My Nissan Leaf forum a week ago, and InsideEVs has also received confirmation directly from 2 unidentified LEAF dealerships.
The current range of the 24kWh Nissan Leaf is EPA rated at 84 miles. If the un-useable part of the pack stays the same, than 30 kWh should be rated at 105 miles, which is right on par with the Kia Soul EV’s EPA rating.
2016 LEAF trim levels will break down as follows:
Available Exterior Colors:
Deep Blue Pearl
Available Options Packages:
charger Package is still an option on the S model and still contains the ChaDeMo port and the 6.6kW OBC. No more QC + LED Headlight Package option on the SV, that equipment appears to come as standard on the ’16 SV (not confirmed but I don’t see the option so I’m assuming the ChaDeMo port is standard, not sure about the LED headlights but I’d bet those are there as well). Premium Package with Bose + AVM is still an option on both the SV and the SL (really should be standard on the SL IMO).
In short, bigger battery, more colors, many of which will be debuting on the A36 Maxima (Coulis Red and Forged Bronze). No more MorningSky Blue which is a shame as it was a nice color on the ’15, but Deep Blue Pearl is one hell of a color IMO. It was originally an R35 GT-R exclusive color which found it’s way onto the Z34 for 2016 and will also be available on the A36 ’16 Maxima, I think most folks will love it. Anyways, hope this isn’t a repost, enjoy being in the know.