Midway through the 2016 model year, Nissan has upgraded the base model Leaf S’s battery from its original 24-kilowatt-hour to the larger 30 kWh found on the SV and SL models.
That gives the battery electric car, renamed the S30, an EPA-estimated driving range of 107-miles, up from 84 – and the same now as the SV and SL.
Along with the larger battery comes a price bump from a starting price of $29,100 to $32,450 before any state or regional electric vehicle incentives and the $7,500 federal tax credit.
That represents a $3,440 premium over the 24-kWh Leaf S, but the new model includes Nissan’s Quick Charge Package, which provides an 80-percent charge in 30 minutes.
The new pricing is a savings of about $2,000 over the SV with a nicer interior, and $4,000 over the top-of-the-line SL with a roof-mounted solar panel and some additional goodies.
The S30 is arriving at dealers now, but if an 84-mile driving range fits your needs, there are still a few S models available if you search Nissan’s website.
And if the new 107-mile range just isn’t enough, it’s believed a new Leaf will debut next year for the 2018 model year with a 60-kWh battery with a driving range of 200-plus miles.
That’s the same battery pack size as the Chevrolet Bolt that’s finding its way to California and Oregon dealers now.
But remember, Chevy said the Bolt would have a range of 200-plus miles and the official EPA rating is 238-miles.
Perhaps Nissan is sandbagging its driving range for the new Leaf also.