The main hurdle faced by the Nissan Leaf, which is otherwise an excellent all-round car, is its weak battery pack, which is only capable of taking the car 73 miles (116 km) from its destination before needing a recharge (in ideal conditions). Faced with depleting battery capacity, the Leaf’s US sales have plummeted in recent months, as the issue has surely caused some prospective buyers to have second thoughts, opting for a range-extended Chevy Volt or a regular hybrid, instead.
However, according to a Japanse site
, the JDM version of the new Leaf would get a realistic improvement in its range of around 25%, meaning the 73 miles would turn into 91 miles (144 km) of real world range, despite the fact that the Japanese site provided a much higher number, 155 miles (250 km), as being the actual range of the new car.
This improvement would be achieved through the use of better batteries, as well as the natural and incremental evolution of technology. We hope they succeed in making the new Leaf a much more usable car, in order to broaden its appeal, sales and the amount of financial backing behind the project, so that the technology will advance quicker than the rather slow pace at which it is evolving today - if it sells, Nissan will pour more money into it and, implicitly, future offerings will be even better.
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