Nissan Leaf E-Plus may be revealed at CES, rumor has it
We were hoping to see the new, longer-range
last week at the 2018
. That version’s debut, expected sometime this year with a 60-kWh battery, a range of around 225 miles and the name “E-Plus,” was
due to the swarm of news surrounding the arrest of
. Nissan said it delayed the reveal “to ensure that this important product unveiling could receive the coverage it merits.” With the Ghosn news flurry dying down, we now hear a
from German outlet
that the 60-kWh
will get its official, public unveiling at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show
in Las Vegas this January.
reports that the information comes from an event for Nissan
earlier this week. The outlet also says there was buzz about the 60-kWh battery still lacking liquid cooling. With the current 40-kWh version, customers complained of slower charging speeds that resulted when repeatedly using fast chargers on long trips. The reduced speeds were caused by the thermal management software lowering charging speed to keep heat down and protect the battery from degradation.
That (non-) scandal had been dubbed “Rapidgate.” It shouldn’t be as much of a problem in practice, though, as the longer range will mean fewer trips to the charger.
suggests that the Leaf E-Plus could borrow a trick from the Nissan e-NV200 electric cargo van, and employ active air cooling/heating for the battery when fast-charging. And if you’re still not digging the idea of air cooling, keep this in mind; not using liquid cooling should also keep the price from becoming too expensive.
That’s not to say there won’t be a price increase, though.
predicts the new model will cost an extra 5,800 Euros, which converts to $6,600 at current exchange rates. Added to the $30,875 base price of a Leaf (before any tax incentives), we get a total of $37,475. That’s just $20 below the base price of a base
with no tax incentives. Prices can vary between regions, though, so it’s possible Nissan could make the extra charge lower in the U.S. to undercut the
One other potential upgrade
mentions is power. It says it could get a more powerful motor making 200 horsepower, which would put it on par with Bolt EV,
Whether or not the 60-kWh Leaf shows up at CES next month, we’ll be there to cover the show. We’re hoping Nissan also brings the hot, new
race car it recently unveiled in Japan.
via Autoblog http://www.autoblog.com
December 8, 2018 at 12:59AM