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Updated Nissan Leaf to Achieve 125-Mile Range as Early as This August

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/29/2015 Kelly Pleskot

It looks like an improved Nissan Leaf will arrive much sooner than we originally thought. According to a report from Automotive News, a midcycle refresh should allow the Leaf to achieve an EPA-rated range of 125 miles on a single charge. The model could arrive as early as this August.

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Sources familiar with the project say that the anticipated increase in range will come from squeezing out as much energy as possible from the Leaf's lithium-ion battery. The new battery will be the same size as the current pack, but will deliver 30 kilowatt-hours instead of the current 24 kW-hrs.

2015 Nissan Leaf Updated Nissan Leaf to Achieve 125-Mile Range as Early as This August

Although the new model is expected to achieve a 125-mile rating, ahead of the previous model's 84-mile rating, real-world numbers will be closer to 105 or 110, sources say. Even so, the boost could help revive U.S. Leaf sales, which slumped 25 percent during the first five months of this year to 7,742 vehicles. Nissan even said that Leaf sales have been slower than expected, but that demand for electric vehicles should surge in the next five years.

To prepare itself for the future, Nissan is testing out an all-new Leaf with a next-generation electric drivetrain. This unit is expected to more than double the range of the refreshed Leaf. In a video simulation, Nissan showed the car charging up to a range of over 310 miles, which is more than enough juice for a few long commutes.

Source: Automotive News (Subscription required)

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