Nissan is expected to announce a new version of the Leaf EV in September, which will then go on sale before the end of the year. Kazuo Yajima, who is the head of electric vehicles at the company, has recently shared some details regarding the upcoming car.
In an interview with Nikkei, he said that the 2018 version of the Nissan Leaf will have a better range than its predecessor. It will be able to go for 350 to 400 kilometers (217 to 248 miles) on a full charge, whereas the current Leaf offers a range of 280 kilometers (174 miles).
However, it’s worth pointing out that these numbers are based on the Japanese JC08 test cycle, which is very different from the standards in the US. What this means is that the real-world range will be lower, although it’s hard to say for how much exactly.
Nissan’s executive also talked about the company’s future plans for electric vehicles. He said that they are already developing an EV that’s roughly the same size as the Leaf and can go for 550 kilometers (341 miles) with a full battery. The prototype, which features a new battery with increased energy density, has already been tested but is far from ready yet. If everything goes according to plan, the company will release it in 2020.