The Detroit Auto Show 2015 is now in full-swing. With just over a week left, the bar has once again been raised for innovation in the auto-world. This is no more true than in the EV sector, which the Chevy Bolt concept has successfully caught the attention of many. With promises of great range and a great price, the all-electric car makers are finally coming around to meet the average American’s green needs.
The Nissan Leaf, the best-selling all-electric vehicle of all time, with 110,000+ units on the roads, is set to see further improvements in order to prolong its reign at the helm of the EV sales, and to ward off the ever-growing competition.
The current Leaf can churn out up to 84 miles per charge and it seems this will be the point of focus of the new Leaf, with the new range set to take a rather large step, up to 200-250 miles. This will be achieved by a new lithium-ion battery that will aim to reduce weight while increasing power density, which in all fairness is much like what just about everyone is looking to do with their battery packs.
The Chevy Bolt will undoubtedly be the Leaf’s hardest competitor and with both looking to bring production in within the next two years it might not just be a case of who can provide the most miles and value for money, but also who can hit the market with full production first. Both will offer a minimum range of 200 miles, which will surely set the industry standard, if actually achieved.
At the show, Nissan’s CEO Carlos Ghosn, who is very much an advocate for the EV movement over other green forms of transport, said, “We want to be competitive,” to TheDetroitBureau.com. Ghosn is certainly playing down their ambitions in order to save a little hype and expectation for when Nissan does have a little more to talk about regarding the Leaf than at present.
As with all things EV at the moment, time will tell. Concepts are great and set industry standards but there will be many who doubt the validity of the claims we’re seeing. Both the Leaf and the Bolt are certainly the two to keep an eye on for at present with Tesla lurking mysteriously in the background. The age of affordable and practical EVs is looking down upon us but has yet to break through the clouds. You need look no further than companies such as Detroit Electric for those whose claims have been unsuccessfully backed up in the all-electric vehicle world.
Nothing else has been released by Nissan yet, and so we cannot comment any further on the technical assets of the next gen Leaf. But one thing’s for sure: the Nissan team will be fully aware of the importance in not just matching and bettering the Bolt technologically, but that their efforts to get the Leaf past ideas and claims and into production must be quick.