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New Nissan LEAF Could Go 200+ Miles per Charge

by Shane McGlaun
New Nissan LEAF Could Go 200+ Miles per Chargezoom in

While sports cars battle for supremacy on paper with numbers for power, torque, and G force capability, the EV battles with battery size and driving range. Currently Tesla reigns supreme in that category and with its coming Model 3 even more people will be able to afford an EV that can go 200 miles or more per charge. Nissan isn’t content to cede the market to the Model 3 and if a leaked document is accurate, it plans to fight back.

A slide supposedly from a Nissan presentation shows that a prototype EV with a 60 kWh battery is in the works. The current LEAF uses a 30 kWh battery and is good for about 107 miles per charge. With a 60 kWh battery inside, it could double that range to 214 miles or more.

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The real question is whether Nissan will jack the price of the LEAF up to go along with the larger battery. With a base Model 3 expected to be in the mid-$30,000 range and Tesla carrying a premium name, Nissan needs to be cheaper to compete. The larger battery is rumored to bow in for the LEAF in the 2018 model year.

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