Nissan released two new videos related to the new 2016 LEAF.

The one video (above) presents some assembly or testing operations of the new 30 kWh lithium-ion batteries at Nissan's Battery Plant at Smyrna, Tennessee.

The second one below is presenting look of the car, which is nearly identical to the previous 2015 model - so not a heck of a lot new to see there.

What we know about the new batteries (30 kWh version):

  • new cell chemistry (more energy dense and improved warranty from 5 to 8 years and from 60,000 miles to 100,000 miles compared to 24 kWh, until fourth capacity bar gone)
  • new cell and modules design
  • the same number of cells (192) but packed 8 cells per module
  • the same pack dimensions
As to the question:
  • Can you buy a 30 kWh battery to replace an old 24 kWh battery with low capacity in an older LEAF?
The answer from Nissan, is NO. Physically it will fit, but there are other differences that make it incompatible with the car.