New 60 kWh Battry Found In IDS Concept Fits Snugly Into Almost The Same Space As Current 30 kWh Version (new pack is slightly taller)

New 60 kWh Battry Found In IDS Concept Fits Snugly Into Almost The Same Space As Current 30 kWh Version (new pack is slightly taller)

The writing has been on the wall forever, but Nissan has been reluctant to make any official announcement. That is, until now.

We're talking about the next-generation Nissan LEAF, which will have a 60 kWh battery pack, as shown quite some time ago.

This new pack should bump range up to somewhere in the ~225 mile/365 km (EPA) area for the new LEAF.

Nissan LEAF Range Chart Snapped By Mr. Schmitt

Nissan LEAF Range Chart Snapped By Mr. Schmitt

We still don't have a precise timeframe for the launch of the next-generation LEAF with the 60 kWh pack, but Autoblog got confirmation that "it's coming" while attending EVS29 in Montreal, Canada.

Here's what Autoblog states:

"Today, we finally got confirmation that the next-gen Leaf will indeed have a 60-kWh pack. Kazuo Yajima, Nissan's global director of EV and HEV engineering, told AutoblogGreen that "It's coming," referring to a 60-kWh Leaf. "I'm sorry I cannot say when," he said. We spoke with Yajima at EVS29, a large electric vehicle symposium happening this week in Montreal, Canada."

Next Generation IDS/LEAF 60 kWh Battery - Cells In This Case Made By LG Chem

Next Generation IDS/LEAF 60 kWh Battery - Cells In This Case Made By LG Chem

Nissan has been using the IDS Concept to show off some of the tech that will be in the next-gen LEAF. However, IDS is not believed to preview the actual look of the upcoming LEAF. Regardless, here's a look at IDS once again for your viewing pleasure/displeasure:

Nissan IDS Concept foreshadowing next generation LEAF for 2017

Nissan IDS Concept foreshadowing next generation LEAF for 2017

Here is some peaks at the components/modules in the next generation LEAF's 60 kWh battery we've picked up:

Nissan 60 kWh Module Stack

Nissan 60 kWh Module Stack

Even larger high density module stack

Even larger high density module stack

...one more

...one more

The Autoblog video below captures the words of Kazuo Yajima, Nissan's global director of EV and HEV engineering. He speaks of the LEAF starting at around the 3-minute mark.

Source: Autoblog