The Nissan Leaf, one of the most popular mass-market electric vehicles along with the Chevy Volt, is going further than ever before. The 2016 all-electric car is outfitted with a new, bigger battery that will take you 107 miles on a single charge. That’s thanks to a new 30 kWh battery available on the the SV and SL trims.
“Since Nissan Leaf launched in December 2010, we’ve become the global leaders in electric vehicle sales with an all-electric car specifically designed for the mass market. We know that to maintain that leadership, we must continue developing battery technology that strikes that ideal balance between capacity, packaging, durability and affordability,” says Andrew Speaker, director, Nissan Electric Vehicle Sales & Marketing.
The 2016 SV and SL models will have a 27-percent improved range, again, thanks to that new 30 kWh battery. The base S model will continue to come with the 24 kWh lithium-ion battery with an estimated range of 84 miles.
All trims will continue to pack the 80 kW AC synchronous motor with 107 horsepower and 187 lb-ft of torque. This powertrain allows for the zero emissions, which is highlighted by the lack of a tailpipe.
Nissan is also giving the Leaf’s infotainment systems a boost, too, for 2016.
“The new battery is just one of several enhancements for the 2016 Leaf. 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,” says Speaker.
The base NissanConnect with Mobile Apps comes with handy features like Bluetooth Hands-free calling, Bluetooth Streaming, hands-free texting, and a USB port to for iPod connectivity. The NissanConnect with Navigation and Mobile Apps that comes with the SV and SL trims adds voice recognition for navigation and audio and HD radio.
The SL and SV models also come standard with the NissanConnect EV system. This system allows drivers to remotely check the battery level, start charging, and turn on the heating and A/C.
The base S model will continue to have a starting price of $21,510 after the federal tax credit of $7,500. The new SV will be $2,100 more than the previous model with a starting price of $26,700 after federal tax credit. The SL model will also get a price increase of $1,670 with a starting price of $29,290 after federal tax credit. The SL model adds on automatic on/off LED headlights and leather-appointed seats to the SV model.
Look for the 2016 Leaf models to arrive this fall.