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Published on March 28th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro

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Nissan Leaf Customers Surveyed Regarding 150-Mile Range

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The Nissan Leaf may get a big range upgrade, if a recent survey asking how much customers would be willing to pay for a Leaf with a 150-mile range is any indication. The survey also asked how customers feeling about receiving an 80% charge on a 150-mile Nissan Leaf in 30 minutes, nearly rivaling Tesla Motor’s own Supercharger system.

One of the biggest knocks against the Leaf is its lack of driving range, and no survey is going to convince Americans that they only need 73 miles of driving at a time. While a tremendous price cut has helped motivate Leaf sales, there’s a large segment of the population still unwilling to change their driving habits to match the limited range of electric cars. That’s where the bigger battery comes in.

The survey, sent to Nissan Leaf owners, asked how much they’d be willing to pay for a 150-mile battery pack option, the highest number being $5,000. Nissan has previously trotted out a Leaf with a 48 kWh battery pack, effectively doubling the range of the Leaf to, you guessed it, about 150 miles. The Nissan Leaf S starts at $28,980, though the bigger battery might only be available on the mid-level SV model, which starts at $32,000. That would bring the Leaf’s price into the mid-30s, though the $7,500 Federal tax credit could bring the price back under $30,000. Like the Tesla Model S, Nissan seems ready to offer customers multiple battery options.

Seems like a sure thing, and a wise move, for the Nissan Leaf. That said,I don’t expect the bigger battery to debut until the Leaf gets a major refresh, probably in the next year or two at most. Let’s not gloss over the potential Supercharger rival either; Nissan is already working to install more charging stations at local dealers, as well as providing free charging to residents of select areas.

With a bigger battery pack and Tesla-rivaling range (but for half the cost!), the Nissan Leaf could broaden its appeal exponentially.

Source: InsideEVs



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  • Joe

    Nissans dealers still can’t get on board with the idea of having their
    chargers on 24/7. A Nissan electric car will never be successful unless their
    dealers get with the program.

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  • gReG sKi

    where did you get the 73 mile range from, some article from 2008? mine gets 103

    • CMCNestT .

      73 miles is generous for an average driver in real world miles on a 2014 LEAF.
      Not mileage under ideal conditions while hypermiling it.

      • Christopher DeMorro

        Actually, 73 miles is the official EPA rating, and many drivers are able to easily exceed 73 miles in city driving.

        But keep pretending you know what you’re talking about.

      • rg

        They should change the window sticker for cars sold in jersey. We get like 45 max in the winter on the highway running the heater. Summer we get every bit of 73 and then some!

    • Christopher DeMorro

      The EPA rating is 73 miles per charge. Did you not read your window sticker?

  • Patrick Commonsense

    I agree with 73 being more realistic. That’s about what I get, I drive better than I used too (don’t punch the pedal and brake easier) but I am going to run the ac when hot and tg heat when cold. As a second car used for around town driving could not be happier with this car. The 73 is way more than needed. The L2 charger is definitely handy for the weekends when you might drive it more in a day than you typically would. I imagine the bigger battery would be better for those living farther north than I to help compensate for the extreme cold.

    • JohnWolf

      73 miles is more than enough. It is fifteen miles for me, just to get into Oklahoma City. Use up half of the charge justg getting to and from the city

  • Patrick Commonsense

    Whoops I forgot. I only charge it to 80 percent that’s why I get 73. Of course on very cld days when I run the heat I don’t get 73 miles on a 80 percent charge

  • climatehawk3

    A better group to survey would be those who bought phevs instead.wife has a volt.a 150 mile range in mass/new york would have pushed us into a Leaf.

  • QKodiak

    Build em!

  • JohnWolf

    Excellent, it would be a perfect car for many people

  • Tank vs Bot

    I’ve driven the Nashville – Knoxville and Nashville – Chattanooga routes before using Quick Charging on the way. It’s very doable, though conducive to heart disease by eating at Cracker Barrel every 60 miles or so.

    I would like 150 miles, just to reduce my cholesterol!

  • jstack6

    enginer us sells to battery add on packs. If you need it after market will supply it until Nissan decides to add more. +40 miles.

    http://www.torquenews.com/1075/add-40-miles-driving-range-nissan-leaf-enginers-add-battery-pack

  • JamesWimberley

    Nissan may still be be losing money, but they have the market for a non-luxury pure ev more or less to themselves. Some day soon demand will really take off. Maybe 150 miles range will do the trick.

  • Ramon A. Cardona

    I wonder as to the discussion, so to speak, about range. Should this battery not be THE new standard so as to increase sales? We all know the 80 mile range is affected by outside temps and use of AC or heat.

  • nerys

    what is important to me is. when its time to replace my battery (figure 3 years if I am lucky) will they have a larger capacity option for my EXISTING car ?? even if not double even a 50% boost would be huge.

    • TwoMetreBill

      With the NiMH batteries in the Toyota hybrids going over 7 years and a half million miles, why do you expect only 3 years for your Leaf battery? While it is true that Toyota keeps the hybrid batteries in their optimal range of 20-85%, I’m assuming that you could manage your batteries in a similar manner though it might be a hassle. Then again, NiMH batteries do tend to last longer than Lithium but is the difference that great?

      • nerys

        that is easy my car is not a hybrid and my car does not use NIMH batteries it uses lithium batteries my car is two years old and battery capacity is already down to 89 percent I expect to lose 5% of year worse I will put a hundred thousand miles on the car in 3 years. with the car’s extremely limited range as low as 56 miles in the winter the issue will become not if the battery is bad but if the range too short to be useful. at that point I have to replace the battery.

        • nerys

          I also cannot keep my batteries between 40 and 80 percent which is what Toyota does even if I could I’m just going to put so many miles on the car I Drive between 80 and 140 miles a day. I am constantly using the maximum capacity of the battery on a daily basis.

          • TwoMetreBill

            Thanks for the info. Living near Denver CO, I expected serious problems with winter driving, especially at night, with the heater blasting and the lights on. Based on your experience and other reading, if one expects to get any life out of the batteries, the stated mileage should be reduced by 50% to get the useful mileage. And then if the battery capacity is going to be reduced by 5% per year (some are seeing a 25% per year drop), the capacity should be reduced by another 50%. Guess I’ll stick with hybrids or maybe the BMW i3.

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