Nissan Exec Confirms 60 kWh LEAF Is Coming, Won’t Say When (w/video)
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.
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.”
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:
Here is some peaks at the components/modules in the next generation LEAF’s 60 kWh battery we’ve picked up:
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.