When it receives a midcycle refresh later this year, the Nissan Leaf is expected to achieve an EPA-rated range of 125 miles on a single charge. According to a report from Automotive News, the model may arrive as early as this August.
Sources familiar with the project told AN that the anticipated increase in range will come from squeezing out as much energy as possible from the Leaf’s lithium-ion battery. The new battery will be the same size as the current pack, but will have 30 kWh of storage instead of the current car’s 24 kWh rating.
Although the new Nissan Leaf is expected to achieve a 125-mile rating, ahead of the previous model’s 84-mile rating, real-world numbers will be closer to 105 or 110, sources say. Even so, the boost could help revive U.S. Leaf sales, which slumped 25 percent year-over-year during the first five months of this year to 7,742 vehicles. Nissan even said that Leaf sales have been slower than expected, but that demand for electric vehicles should surge in the next five years.
To prepare itself for the future, Nissan is testing out an all-new Leaf with a next-generation electric drivetrain. This unit is expected to more than double the range of the refreshed Leaf, reportedly to as much as 310 miles per charge. Stay tuned for more official details on the next-gen Leaf in the coming months.