It looks like a Nissan dealership either jumped the gun or is making claims it probably shouldn’t on the upcoming 2016 Nissan Leaf.  Andy Mohr Nissan (via InsideEVs/Green Car reports) publishes the following info on the 2016 Nissan Leaf:

2016 Nissan Leaf Changes

While there are many features that make the Leaf a popular vehicle, there is one thing it’s known for above all else: its battery. The 2016 Nissan Leaf redesign will bring a first to the electric car: your choice of two different batteries.

  • The standard Leaf will come with the same battery as the 2015 model, featuring an EPA-estimated driving range of 84 miles.
  • Drivers of higher trim levels will enjoy a battery with as much as 25% increased capacity, delivering a driving range of as much as 110 miles.

The majority of electric cars only feature one battery option, and by providing drivers with their choice of a lower capacity battery if they don’t intend to drive long distances, the new Leaf can find a home in even more garages.2016-leaf

If we take Andy Mohr Nissan at their word, the increased battery will clock in at 30kWh and offer an EPA estimates 110 miles of range. That’s certainly a big step up but not anywhere close to what the much more expensive Tesla offers.

The lowest model S ever offered, the discontinued S 60 had double the new Leaf’s battery though that battery pushes the smaller Leaf a little farther on a miles/Watt basis.

The 2016 Chevy Volt is also stepping up to a bigger battery that will top out at 53 EPA rated miles but it also has a ICE that kicks in after you run out of electrons.

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