Nissan Admits Current LEAF Is Low On Range – Claims Next-Gen LEAF Won’t Be
The Chevrolet Bolt may have been the plug-in star of the 2015 NAIAS, but neither Nissan, nor Tesla are willing to let Chevrolet steal the show.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk responded to the Bolt by stating:
“…sounds like they are going to do something significant with the Bolt.”
Meanwhile, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn stated that the “Bolt is not a surprise,” adding that Nissan’s long-range LEAF will beat the Bolt to market, match or beat its range and cost less.
Now, one more Nissan exec has gone on record to reinforce the claim that the next-gen LEAF will have more range, while at the same time admitting that today’s LEAF is lacking in the range department.
The exec is Nissan newbie Phillipe Klein, chief planning officer who replaced Andy Palmer shortly after his departure.
Here’s what Klein stated at the 2015 NAIAS:
“We don’t need that much to get out from the basic range anxiety. We’re going to be there relatively quickly.”
“It’s fair to recognize we are a bit short [with current LEAF’s range.] But for commuting purposes, we are not very far from getting out from range anxiety.”
Klein didn’t provide further comment, but we do know that the next-generation Nissan LEAF is on schedule for a Q1 2017 launch and that Ghosn believes it’s range will be double that of the current LEAF’s 84 miles and may have even more range than the Bolt’s 200, as claimed by General Motors.
Source: Automotive News