Nissan testing long range EV
Nissan testing long range EV
Posted on May 9, 2017
Not content with leading the electric vehicle market with the Leaf, Nissan are already trialling the next generation of EV. This one has a 340 mile range and is due sometime around 2020. That range alone makes it well worth a look.
Apparently based on the Nissan IDS Concept shown at auto shows around the world in 2015, the new model looks fantastic. It is a true future car with sharp lines, a very aerodynamic shape and a very cool interior. It is estimated to have a total range of around 340 miles thanks to a new 60kWh drivetrain.
There is also a hint that the current Leaf will also get a range boost this year. Kazuo Yajima, Nissan’s global director of EV and hybrid development said in an interview that there would be a model revision later this year that would see a range increase of up to 400km (249 miles).
That is quite the increase considering the current model is rated up to 280kn (174 miles).
2017 Nissan Leaf
I only covered the 2017 Nissan Leaf last week after it was announced that a modified version of a Leaf will be competing in the Mongol Rally. While you won’t be able to purchase that version, you can buy a standard model at a very competitive price right now.
The 2017 Nissan Leaf is a decent looking car that manages to be practical as well as responsible. The 30-kwh lithium-ion battery pack drives an 80kWh electric motor that gives the equivalent of 107 hp and 187 lb-ft of torque. It uses Nissan’s signature CVT transmission to deliver steady power from the get-go.
With an approximate range of 107 miles, the Leaf has enough to get you around town, to work and back and stop off for groceries between charges. While obviously not suitable for extreme temperatures or long journeys, as a city car, it is an affordable way to go green.
The Leaf also teaches you how to drive more responsibly. It requires you to plan ahead, brake only when necessary, accelerate in a controlled manner and smooth out any rough car control. It rewards these efforts with more miles of range. The US EPA rate the 2017 Nissan Leaf at 112 MPGe, which isn’t bad for a car at this price.
To make life a little easier, the Leaf comes with a 6.6kWh charger that can recharge fully in around four hours using a 240V feed. The 3.3kWh charger on the Leaf S takes eight hours.
If you are interested in trying electric motoring, the 2017 Nissan Leaf is one of the most refined options out there right now. Visit Collins Nissan, 155 Scott Street, St. Catharines, Ontario, L2N 1H3 to book a test drive!
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