Nissan To Extend Range With 2019 Leaf

Mon 17th Sep 2018

The UK’s best selling electric vehicle, the Nissan Leaf, will get an increase in range when the latest version is unveiled in 2019.

There have been plenty of rumours of a new and improved drivetrain, and in a brief statement, the Japanese company have admitted that the next generation will improve on the 40-kWh which we saw on the second-generation Leaf which was launched at the start of 2018.

“For 2019, Nissan LEAF adds standard Rear Door Alert (RDA) (late availability). A longer-range version will be available in the future.” Nissan said in a press release announcing their forthcoming price information.

With the next-gen Leaf expected to come with a 60-kWh and an active thermal management of the battery pack, the already popular EV could be pushing itself even further into the shop-window for many potential electric car buyers.

If the next generation of Leaf improves its range anything like its predecessor then we could be looking at unheralded distances. When the second generation came out it proved to be capable of a 235 mile range, a 50 per cent jump on the first generation.

The original Nissan Leaf was awarded European and World Car of the Year on launch in 2011 and has achieved total global sales of 303,678 since launch. Production of the Leaf has taken place at Nissan’s plant in Sunderland since 2013.