And you get more range, too. Again, Maragano wouldn't throw out numbers, but conservative estimates say a range beyond 200 miles. Posters at the My Nissan Leaf forum predicted a 225-mile range from a 60-kWh battery almost a year ago; that distance would mark a 74-mile jump over the present 151-mile range. If all of these numbers are true, the Leaf E-Plus will get in the ring with the entry-level Tesla Model 3 and the Chevrolet Bolt. The base Model 3 comes with a 50-kWh battery, 197 hp, and a 220-mile range. The standard Bolt gets a 60-kWh battery, 200 hp, and a 238-mile range.
Refilling the Leaf E-Plus battery should take less time as well. A leaked Nissan presentation indicated an 11- to 22-kW onboard charger, and the prototype car caught at the charging station was fast-charging at 102 kW, double the rate possible on today's Leaf.
Nissan won't be at this year's Paris Motor Show, so we might look forward to a reveal at the L.A. Auto Show in November. Leaf forum members have said dealers expect to get the standard 2019 Leaf first, and the E-Plus will follow, perhaps in early 2019.