Humans are funny about round numbers. Don’t ask me why, but we obviously are. While 80 miles of rated range is plenty for the majority of people for at least one of their cars, crossing 100 miles of range feels much more useful.
And, actually, when it comes to the 107-mile 2016 Nissan LEAF, this is a significant jump from the current and now base 84-mile Nissan LEAF — a 27% improvement. The higher-trim LEAF comes with a larger battery, of course, 30 kWh battery instead of a 24 kWh battery — a 25% increase.
So, what’s the deal? Who gets a 107-mile, 30 kWh battery and who gets an 84-mile, 24 kWh battery? Here’s the basic deal:
- The base trim Nissan LEAF S (24 kWh battery, 84 miles of range) has a starting price of $21,510 after the $7,500 federal tax credit ($29,010 before the tax credit).
- The LEAF SV (30 kWh battery, 107 miles of range) has a starting price of $26,700 after the $7,500 federal tax credit ($34,200 before the tax credit).
- The LEAF SL (30 kWh battery, 107 miles of range) has a starting price of $29,290 after the $7,500 federal tax credit ($36,790 before the tax credit).
This makes the LEAF only that much more competitive and ahead of the pack in his EV transition.
“Since Nissan LEAF launched in December 2010, we’ve become the global leaders in electric vehicle (EV) sales with an all-electric car specifically designed for the mass market,” said Andrew Speaker, director, Nissan Electric Vehicle (EV) Sales & Marketing. “We know that to maintain that leadership, we must continue developing battery technology that strikes that ideal balance between capacity, packaging, durability and affordability.”
However, the 2016 improvements are not just about the battery. Nissan has improved the IT system, audio, and more.
“We’re also bringing audio and connectivity upgrades by adding NissanConnect with Mobile Apps with 5.0-inch color display as standard features for LEAF S models, and for SV and SL grades we are offering NissanConnect with Navigation and Mobile Apps–featuring a 7.0-inch color display with multi-touch control and Nissan Voice Recognition as standard features,” Speaker added.
For more details on the offerings, see the full Nissan press release.
So, in summary, Nissan and GM — the two initial EV leaders among large automakers in this modern EV era — have significantly improved their offerings for the 2016 model year — the LEAF and the Volt. This is getting exciting.
Image by JP White.