Will the Nissan LEAF Be The World’s First Affordable 150-Mile EV?
“How much do you expect to pay (in dollars) for a public charging station that takes 29 minutes to gain 80% charge?”
Again, for this question, let’s assume the vehicle being charged for this question is a Nissan LEAF with an average range of 150 miles EPA.
Asked Nissan is a previous survey sent to LEAF owners.
In that same survey, Nissan posed a question regarding how much future 150-mile LEAF buyers would be willing to pay for the added range.
“How much of a premium [over today’s 84-mile LEAF] would you pay for a 150-mile EPA-rated LEAF?”
The highest amount one could choose in that survey question was $5,000.
The all leads into our next question, this time posed by us:
Will the Nissan LEAF be the world’s first affordable 150-mile EV?”
If not the LEAF, then which vehicle will be first? The Tesla Model E (Gen III)? At a projected price of $40,000 (pre tax credit) sometime in the 2017-2018 timeframe, we’d argue this isn’t quite cheap enough to be considered affordable to the masses, especially since Nissan seems to be hinting at a price in the low to mid $30k (pre tax credit) region.
We’ve already seen Nissan testing a 48 kWh LEAF, but we suspect that was a one-off vehicle and that Nissan will not need all that capacity to get a LEAF to market with a 150-mile EPA rating (due to the efficiency upgrades of late)
Assuming Nissan wants the LEAF to become the world’s first affordable 150-mile EPA-rated EV, when does Nissan need to launch it by to assure it gets that distinction?