2016 Nissan Leaf Embraces 30 kWh Battery, Range Goes Up to 155 Miles

Before you get overexcited, allow us to tell you this is not the new Nissan Leaf we're talking about, so we'll still have to wait for that to happen.
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However, Nissan made sure the 2016 Leaf doesn't fall behind its competitors on the market and as rumors were suggesting some months ago, the EV received a new 30 kWh battery pack and subsequently, improved range.

“The LEAF, the best-selling EV in the world, just got even better. An up-to 155 miles opens the world of EV to thousands of drivers across Europe who before just weren’t completely confident that an EV would work for them. This extra range will make LEAF ownership an easy first choice, for many, many more drivers,” said Paul Willcox, Chairman, Nissan Europe

In fact, it's all part of an upgrade package made available for the 2016 Nissan Leaf, available on Acenta and Tekna trim grades. Nissan claims the new battery pack is exactly the same size as the one it replaces - the 24 kWh option - but it is also 21 kilos heavier.

The Japanese carmaker introduced carbon, nitrogen and magnesium to the electrodes, a move that is said to improve performance.

Nissan also tells us the new battery can be charged just like the 24 kWh one, either from home, from work or using public or rapid charging networks.

So far, the Leaf was sold in over 180,000 units, making it the most successful EV of all times. For what we know so far, the next-gen Nissan Leaf will offer a broad range of battery options at different prices, just like Tesla Motors is doing with the Model S all-electric sedan.

Since we mentioned the next-gen Nissan Leaf, please find here a rendering of such a model, drawing inspiration from styling cues seen on the Nissan Murano crossover and Pulsar hatchback. We love those boomerang headlights, but who knows when and if we'll see them on a new-generation production Leaf.
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