PHOTO CAPTION: Nissan LEAF might be offered with larger, longer-range battery pack.

150-Mile Nissan LEAF Could Become Reality

Tesla offers battery pack size options, so why shouldn't Nissan?

Published: 01-Dec-2013

One of the hallmarks of the Tesla Model S - and a key reasons it costs close to six-figures - is its battery size option. You can order it with with a 60kWh or 85 kWh battery pack, the later offering real world range close to 260 miles per charge. (The company dropped a third size, a 40kWh pack, due to low demand, they announced earlier this year).

The larger the battery pack, of course, the more expensive the car, but as Tesla is finding out, a lot of its customers are opting for the larger size and greater range, a trend that hasn't gone unnoticed at Nissan, makers of the LEAF all-electric car.

During an interview with Plug-In Cars at the recent LA Auto Show, Pierre Loing, vice president of product and advanced planning and strategy at Nissan, hinted that his company may offer a similar multi-pack size option. At present the LEAF is rated at 75 miles per charge, doubling the size of the pack to nearly 50kWh would push this to a more comfortable 150 miles, although the price of the car would increase as well; either the sales price or monthly battery rental cost, if that option were offered.

Loing did explain how and when Nissan might offer this option, nor what it might do to pricing, which is currently one of the lowest priced all-EVs available today, especially in the United States, where the company introduced a $6,000 price cut earlier this year and saw sales explode.

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