When Nissan revealed the second-generation 2018 Nissan Leaf a few days ago, some EV buyers may have been disappointed to hear that it will only have a 150 mile driving range. At the Leaf’s debut, Nissan did reveal that the 2019 Nissan Leaf will be offered with a second battery option, but how much range will it add?
The 2018 Leaf will be powered by a 40 kWh battery pack, but the 2019 Leaf will offer a larger 60 kWh battery option. Nissan hasn’t confirmed how much range it will add, but according to one Nissan executive, the larger battery pack will give the Leaf a driving range of over 225 miles.
Nissan’s Executive Vice President of global sales and marketing reportedly shared the range specs with Forbes contributor Bertel Schmitt.
With a driving range over 225 miles, the 2019 Leaf will be able to compete with the Chevy Bolt and Model 3. The only question that remains is how much will the larger battery pack cost? The 2018 Nissan Leaf is priced at $29,990, which is already cheaper than both the Bolt and Model 3. If the 2019 Nissan Leaf with the 60 kWh battery pack can manage to start below the Model 3’s $35,000 starting price, it will beat its two main rivals.