Nissan “lighted” the prototype of the electric car Leaf with the strengthened batteryJuly 9, 2018
When in October last year the Japanese brand introduced the second generation of the world’s most popular electric car (Leaf at the moment), many were surprised: the model received a battery with a capacity of 40 kWh, which provides a range of 378 kilometers along the NEDC cycle. It’s clear that such a power reserve is not enough for all motorists on long trips, and as Nissan promised during the presentation of Leaf of the second generation, a new version of the electric car will soon be presented.
Of course, Nissan claimed that 387 kilometers will be enough for 80% of drivers, but, no doubt, in the winter, things will be different, and with age the batteries of electric cars begin to lose capacity almost the same way as batteries in smartphones, laptops, tablets do and other devices. However, the company is already testing the version with an enhanced battery. As the Electrek portal writes, one of the Leaf copies with a battery of 60 kWh is already undergoing road tests: a test prototype was seen on the EVTEC charging station.
Judging by the photo taken, the car is connected to a specialized station with a fast charging function with a capacity of 102 kW, which is twice as powerful as it can “digest” the electric car presented last year through an EVBox-type charger. Cars of the previous generation, as many foreign publications wrote, suffered from degradation of the battery if it was charged too often at such stations, but the new battery is rumored to lack this lack due to the temperature control system. By the way, the battery supplier for Leaf also had to change – from AESC to LG.
As the colleagues write, most likely a new electric motor hides under the hood of the prototype. Earlier, the company allowed information leakage according to which Leaf with a 60 kWh battery will be equipped with a 218 horsepower engine, while the current version of the second generation with a battery of 40 kWh develops 150 hp.
It is expected that the new version of Leaf will be presented already this year, and it will compete with Tesla Model 3 Long Range and Chevrolet Bolt EV in the stock version.