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Nissan has confirmed that a longer-range version of the all-electric hatchback, allegedly dubbed Leaf E-Plus, is coming our way, without, however, providing a time schedule.


Buried within a press release announcing pricing details on the 2019 model year Leaf is a single line that announces the model. “A longer-range version will be available in the future,” it reads.

As it stands, the latest-generation Leaf is offered exclusively with a 40 kWh battery pack that allows for a range of 150 miles (241 km) between charges. That’s significantly less than the Tesla Model 3 Long Range, which has an EPA-rated range of 310 miles (500 km).

While Nissan hasn’t said how much larger the battery pack of the longer-range version will be, sources say that it will utilize a 60 kWh pack complete with active thermal management. This new battery pack will apparently be enough to up the vehicle’s range to roughly 225 miles (362 km). While still short of the Model 3, that’s enough for most everyday driving scenarios.

As Nissan used a press release about the 2019 Leaf to confirm the long-range variant, it seems highly unlikely this new variant will be introduced for the 2019 model year. Instead, it is much more likely we will see it launch in the second half of 2019 as a 2020 model.

As for the existing 2019 Leaf, it starts from a reasonable $30,795, including a $895 destination and handling fee. The range-topping SL model is priced from $37,095.

Alongside the aforementioned 40 kWh battery pack, the 2019 Leaf features an electric motor delivering 147 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque.

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I was a bit skeptical about Nissan bringing out an EV in a larger segment this reverses that. I hear the TeRRA SUV isn't far off from being produced.
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Don't know why they are developing a long range model that still falls short of the Bolt. Glad to see that they are finally implementing a proper thermal management system though, because rapid charging issues should not be a problem with a brand new EV.
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Don't know why they are developing a long range model that still falls short of the Bolt. Glad to see that they are finally implementing a proper thermal management system though, because rapid charging issues should not be a problem with a brand new EV.
There's little need right now to keep pushing range numbers up especially given the current automotive landscape where PHEV's are a hit and people are slowly adjusting to hybrids. Essentially its car makers only adjusting as demand is needed.
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The Leaf has always been an entry level EV, so its main key for success has been affordability. As battery tech continues to improve however, we will probably see it get closer to the raising average range of new electrics.
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Most people aren't using their EV as their sole or primary vehicle, so the Leaf is fantastic option if that's the case. To be honest I feel like Nissan jumped the gun a bit with the Nismo variant, but I'm sure it'll still sell in Japan.
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Most people aren't using their EV as their sole or primary vehicle, so the Leaf is fantastic option if that's the case. To be honest I feel like Nissan jumped the gun a bit with the Nismo variant, but I'm sure it'll still sell in Japan.
Even someone who deviates from the mean of average miles driven (29.2 miles per day, see link below) then the current range of EV's are beyond practical.

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Motorists age 16 years and older drive, on average, 29.2 miles per day or 10,658 miles per year. Women take more driving trips, but men spend 25 percent more time behind the wheel and drive 35 percent more miles than women.

more: http://www.rmiia.org/auto/teens/Teen...Statistics.asp
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If you consider how many first generation Leaf's were sold, you can see how range anxiety has been largely exaggerated, particularly in North America. But with new models like the Kona EV offering up 258 miles, it's going to become somewhat of a nonfactor.
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I understand the anxiety when it comes to long distance trips but aside from that and some more planning than you're used to, so the battery can stay topped up, there's little else to worry about.
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infrastructure has changed drastically, without even trying, where ever I go there's always somewhere to charge. Sometimes, its just a designated wall outlet, others, an actual EV charger.
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