Nissan Leaf E-Plus With 320km Range Coming 2019

by under News on 18 Jul 2018 11:42:52 AM18 Jul 2018

With great batteries come greater power. 

2018 Nissan Leaf

Japanese automaker Nissan has revealed that an improved, longer-range version of its Leaf family hatchback will be coming for the 2019 model year. Dubbed the Leaf E-Plus, the new model will not only pack up to 320km of range on a full charge, but it’ll also offer greater shove insofar as performance is concerned too.

“When you have a bigger battery, with more capacity, it just opens up the door to be able to have more output. A larger capacity battery lends itself towards two things: One is obvious – range. The other one, which is less obvious but is equally true, is additional output.” — Brian Maragno, Director (EV Marketing & Sales Strategy), Nissan
2018 Nissan Leaf

The Leaf in its current form packs a 40kWh battery with 110kW and 320Nm, and an official US-EPA claimed range of 243km. The upgraded Leaf E-Plus will not just offer 320km on a full charge, but it may also offer as much as 150kW of punch. So the upgraded Leaf E-Plus’ stats are a significant leap upwards no matter how you cut it, and that may make or break sales with buyers who might be looking at their first electric vehicle.

Of course, a price premium is expected, but we reckon that’s justifiable. Unfortunately, Maragno didn’t reveal much else when he spoke to AutoGuide and revealed the impending Leaf E-Plus, and he didn’t speak at all about how an E-Plus variant might just pave the way for a Leaf Nismo in the near future. 

2018 Nissan Leaf

But on the subject, Nissan Australia is (officially) keeping mum on the subject, saying that they are “preparing for the arrival of the second-generation Leaf,” and that’s that. But while a Leaf Nismo might remain a pipe dream, an E-Leaf variant will be here in due course, we think.

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