The Nissan Leaf has gained a larger battery pack for the 2016 model year in Europe. It has a 30 kWh capacity and has boosted the electric vehicle’s range by approximately 25% to 250 km (150 miles). The size of the new battery pack is identical to the old 24 kWh which will continue to be sold. The increased capacity of the new battery comes at a price as its 21 kg heavier, but the good news is performance has been increased by adding carbon, nitrogen and magnesium in the electrodes. Needless to say, the battery pack is compatible with rapid chargers and Nissan offers an 8-year / 100,000-mile warranty.
In United Kingdom, the 2016 Nissan Leaf 30 kWh is programmed to go on sale in December and it will be available only in the mid-range Acenta and the flagship Tekna trims as the entry-level Visia is stuck with the 24 kWh battery. Pricing for the 30 kWh model kicks off at £24,490 (Acenta) and if you want more goodies prepare to pay extra for the Tekna model which begins at £26,490.
This probably serves as a last hurrah for the current generation Leaf as an all-new model is planned by Nissan for a late 2016 / early 2017 introduction.