Before the Bolt even hits showroom floors Nissan is updating and upgrading the 2016 Leaf.
Equipped with a 27 percent increase in battery power, the two top trimmed SV and SL Leaves will receive a new 30 kWh battery which the EPA says should be good for a 107-mile range on full charge. The base Leaf S will soldier on with the current 84-mile, 24 kWh battery.
“Gas prices are obviously affecting the financial benefits of owning an electric vehicle, but there are other motivations for consumers to buy a Leaf,” told Tony Weeks, senior manager, Nissan EV sales and marketing, to Automotive News “They want the convenience of not having to go to a gas station. They like being able to charge their car at home. They like being off the grid when it comes to the use of oil and gas. Increased driving range is something that customers will find very appealing.”
The Leaf SV will see its price jump some $2,100 before federal tax credits, while the SL jumpers $1,670. S trim pricing remains unchanged from 2015.