Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. will be releasing its redesigned Leaf next week and the entire electric car industry will be on the watch out for the battery range of the EV against competitors like General Motors Co. and Tesla Inc.
Will Nissan Motors’ Leaf offer options in range?
Nissan Motors’ Leaf is a champion when it comes to sales. According to the automaker, it sold more than 280,000 Leafs all over the world from the debut of the car in December 2010 to the previous month. It is still to be seen whether the battery range of the EV will ramp up or will the automaker provide better options in battery size at different price points. It remains to be seen if the automaker will offer a larger range on costlier terms. This year model starts around $31,000 and it is offering a range of 107 miles.
Ed Hellwig, a senior editor with Edmunds, said “If the range goes up and the price remains the same, the new Nissan Leaf will continue to offer one of the least expensive and practical ways to own a pure electric car.” Hellwig said that the EV will possibly not provide more range than the Chevy Bolt but if the EV delivers even a modest bump over its current range, then it will be sufficient to get the attention of the most mainstream EV shoppers.
He added, “The original Leaf was easily recognizable, but not very attractive. This time around Nissan is promising a more conventional design that should make the Leaf more appealing to a wider range of buyers.”
Tesla Model 3 has an advantage over Nissan Leaf – Range
The current battery range of Nissan Leaf compares with at least 238 miles for General Motors’ Chevy Bolt and 220 miles for the Model 3 of Tesla Inc. The Bolt starts at $38,000 and the Model 3 starts at $35,000. According to Karl Brauer (On Kelley Blue Book), the battery range on the new Leaf will likely be around 150 miles.
The 150 miles range would definitely give the Chevy Bolt and Model 3 an advantage over the Nissan Leaf. Brauer added that the Nissan EV could have an upper hand on the high availability advantage over the Model 3, and on the base price over both the Model 3 and the Bolt. The Bolt is the No. 2 recommendation of Consumer Reports for electric vehicles while the Model S – the much pricier sedan – is the No. 1 recommendation for EVs.