Nissan to get rid of EV range anxiety soon with new battery

Article by Andrew Christian, on January 18, 2015

One of the weaknesses, if it could be called one, of the Nissan Leaf is its range. But Nissan Motor Corp. may soon get out of this range anxiety, particularly when its rolls out the next-generation Leaf with a new electric vehicle battery by around 2017 or 2018, according to Chief Planning Officer Philippe Klein said.

“We don’t need that much to get out from the basic range anxiety.” He admitted that Nissan currently is a bit short, but not for long. The MY2015 Nissan Leaf is EPA-rated to travel 84 miles on a single full charge.

Nissan chief executive Carlos Ghosn disclosed on a Japanese TV broadcast in November 2014 that the carmaker getting ready a second-generation EV battery that will allow the vehicle powered by it to double its range.

Klein, however, declined to comment on future range targets. Nissan sold 34 percent more Leafs in 2014 to 30,200 units. Klein was named chief planning officer at Nissan in September 2014, jumping over from Renault SA. He then replaced Andy Palmer who was appointed as chief executive of Aston Martin.

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