Nissan is considering adding an electric model below the Leaf or possibly a crossover on the EV's next-gen platform.

Nissan considers the first-gen Leaf a success after 230,000 deliveries and counting, and the brand is now looking to expand its electric vehicle range. “We need to ensure we’re satisfying as many types of customer as possible. In Europe, that could mean looking towards B-segment hatches and SUVs or crossovers,” Gareth Dunsmore, head of Nissan EVs in Europe, told Auto Express.

If Nissan decides on building a smaller electric hatchback, it could have a close relationship to the Renault Zoe. According to Auto Express, the models might share a platform and powertrain.

“Nissan is committed to EVs making up a large part of its range, and we are looking at where we can add more electric cars. The next step would be in another volume sector, which probably isn’t sports cars,” Dunsmore told Auto Express.

Rumors indicate the electric crossover would share a platform with the next Leaf. Expect a higher-riding vehicle and perhaps slightly more room in addition to the green powertrain. Nissan would also have among the first entries in the EV compact CUV segment. It might even beat the one that Tesla is working on.

Before either of these models arrives, the second-generation Leaf should hit the road with a big boost in range. Battery capacity should double from 30 kilowatt hours currently to 60 kWh, and the upgrade should push driving distance to between 214 miles and as far as 249 miles. The specially modified example of the current EV with a 48-kWh battery can already go 217 miles, so expect a number on the higher end of that range. If the company achieves that figure, then the new model would be able to travel roughly as far as the Chevrolet Bolt’s 238-mile combined range and the Tesla Model 3’s estimated 215 miles. Expect the design to have bold cues similar to last year's IDS concept (pictured in gallery).

Source: Auto Express

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