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It looks like Tesla probably won't be alone in offering different-sized battery packs in its future electric vehicles. At a U.S. launch event for the Leaf electric car on Friday, Nissan product planner Mark Perry told Paul Eisenstein of the Detroit Bureau that the Japanese automaker is investigating a similar idea.

Lithium ion batteries are likely to remain expensive for the foreseeable future, so in a bid to make EVs more affordable, they could be offered with different battery capacities. Tesla is planning to offer three sizes for the Model S with ranges from 160 to 300 miles. The Leaf doesn't have room for a pack larger than the initial 100-mile range, but future models may be designed to accommodate larger packs while the base versions could come with a smaller unit.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Because there is no hydrogen infrastructure and there will never be. Electricity is everywhere, get used to it or better yet get struck by lightening lol.
      • 5 Years Ago
      looks like a damn catfish
      • 5 Years Ago
      I agree with the previous blogger, there should be plenty of room for more batteries. Unfortunately, when the media, including AutoBlog, speak of a battery pack, it sounds like technology is limited to a single large brick of batteries that must be located in its entirety in a single location. The fact is, batteries can be strewn in multiple locations throughout the vehicle, including trunk, fenders, rocker panels, center console, even the doors. I find it unfortunate that manufacturers don't appear to have pushed the envelope of creativity quite yet. This is the perfect opportunity to create rear wheel drive and 4 wheel drive vehicles with optimum weight distribution and usable interior space. Instead, what we have, at least in the small car category, are yet more cheap front drive vehicles with torsion beam suspensions. The Tesla is a great positive contrast to the more mainstream cheapo hybrids and proposed EVs.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm sorry, but every time I see this car I think "Nissan Catfish". Perhaps something was lost in translation of the name...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nissan needs to offer an optional "good looks" package! This thing is frumptastic!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nissan will also offer a better looking bodystyle at a premium.

      Always with the hidden fees and 'service charges'.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Probably one of the best "people mover". I think interior space would be roughly the same as Versa hatchback, isn't it?
        • 5 Years Ago

        This would be optimal for my trip back and forth to work...
        haul the kid... but it can't replace my VUE... no long trips
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, the Leaf is a bit larger in every dimension than the Versa (which is classified as a midsized car by by the EPA based on interior volume). Since the batteries are under the seats/floor and don't impede on the passenger compartment (unlike the "T" shaped battery in the Volt) and the shape appears to be fairly space efficient , the interior volume should be about 10% more. The Leaf should classify easily as a midsized car based on interior volume, on the verge of being classified as a large car.

        Leaf: 4445 mm
        Versa:4295 mm

        Leaf: 1770 mm
        Versa: 1695 mm

        Leaf: 1550 mm
        Versa: 1535 mm

        Leaf: 2700 mm
        Versa: 2600 mm

      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder where they found good acid
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't like the looks of this car, but I could see this working if you live in a metro area. If you have two car household, one would be short haul electric and another would be a gas car capable of longer runs.
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