Next Nissan Leaf: Double the range
During the Detroit show, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said the next generation of the Leaf EV will deliver a 200-mile per-charge range, same as the just-announced Chevrolet Bolt due in 2017. "You can expect us to come with a lot of enhancement in terms of our EV technology," he said. "But this is no surprise, it's expected."
Ghosn noted that with the amount of money all automakers are currently investing in the EV arena, batteries will get smaller, lighter and cheaper, the cars they power will be quicker and easier to charge and their range numbers will climb as part of the overall development process, which he likened to the modern cell phone. While offering no specifics on the new Leaf, he said: "We will be competing with a 200-mile car."
As for the immediate future, Ghosn stated that Leaf sales will grow "by double digits in 2015." He's also confident that when the overall EV market does expand, its increased scale will yield far greater direct benefits to Nissan's share of the segment than any potential downside that might occur from the arrival of new competitors.
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