“Big” Nissan Leaf 2019 coming next year
Nissan will introduce the Leaf with larger battery by April 1, 2019. This is confirmed by Guillaume Pelletreau, Managing Director of Nissan Center Europe. In an interview with a blogger, he speaks of the premiere for Nissan Leaf 2019 “within the fiscal year” which begins in Japan on April 1.
So far, Nissan had given no clear indication of when the second version of the Leaf will be presented. The exact battery capacity is still unknown. Because of a prototype based on its predecessor, more than 60-kilowatt hours (kWh) had been speculated. How much it actually gets? CEO Pelletreau leaves open and says it could be 60 kWh, but also more or less.
Hyundai had shown at the Geneva Motor Show the Kona EV in two variants with 39.2 and 64 kWh. For the 64 kWh version, Hyundai specifies a range of 482 kilometres in the WLTP. The Kona EV is 31 inches shorter than the Nissan Leaf. Theoretically, the length of the leaf offers more space for batteries. We are more likely to assume more than 60 kWh.
The waiting time for charging is expected to be shortened: The maximum DC charging power of the Leaf was 50 kW in the Japanese Chademo standard. While Hyundai is working with the Euro-American CCS (Combined Charging System), for which columns with up to 350 kW are being built, Nissan is likely to remain true to the tried and tested – the Chademo Association reports up to 200 kW in the current protocol (1.2) and up to 400 kW (2.0) in the near future. We value the factory specification of the Leaf with a large battery up to 100 kW.
The popularity of the standard Leaf has the announcement of a larger battery, which will be available as a waste product and more engine power, so far not been demolished. On request, Nissan Germany calls five months delivery with rising tendency. The current Nissan Leaf with 40 kWh battery capacity and 110 kW engine power is available from 31,950 euros. The very well-equipped top version Tekna costs at least 38,300 euros, of which each 4000 euros promotion premium can be deducted.