One doesn’t have to look to far on the internet to find a comparison of 200-mile electric vehicles. The conversation always ends something along the lines of “Once I see what the LEAF 2.0 offers I’ll decide on whether or not to buy a Bolt or fulfil my reservation on the Model 3.”
Today, AutoCar reports that Nissan’s Gareth Dunsmore revealed a range of 310 to 340 miles (NEDC of course, which translates to around 240 miles EPA) should be viable for production in 2018, as long as the battery meets Nissan’s durability targets and price range. A range of 230 miles puts the Nissan Leaf on level ground with the Chevrolet Bolt’s 200+ miles range, and the Tesla Model 3’s “at least 210 miles range” ratings.
The current Nissan Leaf comes with a 30kWh battery pack good for 107 miles, up from the 80-something range of the 24 kWh battery pack of the standard version Leaf.
Nissan says, that in a matter similar to Tesla, offering larger battery packs allows the company to give the electric vehicle longer range despite a lack of chemical and technological breakthroughs in batter technology.
The Nissan Leaf has “two battery options now, and will grow options, making it more accessible with a longer range and a price to match,” says Nissan’s Garith Dunsmore, director of Nissan’s Zero-Emissions business unit.