Nissan LEAF and Renault ZOE

Nissan LEAF and Renault ZOE

Interesting and potentially huge news is coming out of France in regards to the new, next-generation Renault ZOE and next-gen Nissan LEAF.

According to Les Echos, the new versions of both models will be ready in 2017 with double the range of today's Renault-Nissan electric cars.

In the case of the next-gen ZOE, Beatrice Foucher, Director of Renault's electric program, stated that the aim is 300 km (186 miles) of real-world range (and 400 km stated on NEDC).

The current generation of ZOE can go 210 km (130 miles) in NEDC testing.

Nissan apparently could equip the new LEAF with a 48-kWh battery pack, according to the report out of France.

Les Echos sees progress in battery technology, as well as in falling prices per kWh - from $1,000 in 2010 to $400 in 2014 and $180 in 2025 (forecast).

Source: Les Echos