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  • 10 August 2015
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    Nissan’s Electric Vehicle Future Looks Bright

    Looking at the big picture electric cars are going to become everybody’s day-to-day vehicle in the future, therefore it is important to keep up-to-date with speculations in the EV market. Nissan has revealed that they are planning to expand on the all-electric LEAF model, and turn it into a whole family of electric cars.

     “There could be more than one Leaf. We’ve always said it needn’t be one car” – Trevor Mann, Nissan Executive Vice-President  

    Although Mann gave no information regarding the future line-up, it makes us think that we could see various types of models based on the LEAF’s electric technology. At Howards Motor Group we believe that a similar hatchback model could join the family, looking back at Nissan’s ‘Invitation’ concept car. You could also put your money on seeing a larger SUV model similar to the Juke or Qashqai with surprising electric ranges.

    Toyota gave a similar statement for having a family of electric vehicles based around the Prius rather than just having one choice for the customer. The overall stance on manufacturers developing families of electric cars at the moment is a battle between the developments of the technology and gathering enough data to suggest when there will be a spike in demand.

    Nissan are being cautious before expanding their EV portfolio, making sure they have substantial research before giving the go ahead. Nissan heavily encourages feedback from its customers to help shape their electric cars, this can be seen with the e-NV200 line-up which recently introduced a 7-seater model as its practicality was in demand.

    Mann stated “We want to make sure that when we do the next one or we expand the line-up, we’re really taking the market intelligence that we’re gathering and using it.”      

    The new LEAF is anticipated to be released in 2017 and we can expect a larger battery range and a more mainstream look. An un-confirmed rumour suggests that we could see different battery sizes for the LEAF with varying ranges and price points.

    Currently the Nissan LEAF has a battery range of around 75 miles, with constant improvements in lithium battery technology the range of the new model could be around 120-150 miles on one charge.

    Keep your eyes peeled for developing news as more details are released with a possible announcement from Nissan in 2016. In the meantime take a look at our current range at Howards Nissan Weston-super-Mare.

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