The 2019 Nissan Leaf has been scooped with the long-rumored 60 kWh battery pack many customers have been demanding.
The Japanese company opted against offering the 60 kWh battery when it launched the second-generation Leaf last year. Instead, the larger battery will be offered for the 2019 model year and come complete with support for fast-charging.Swiss charging station manufacturer EVTEC recently published images on Twitter that show the 60 kWh Nissan Leaf being charged at a rate of 102 kW, roughly twice as powerful as what’s offered with the current car.Reports claim that this new Leaf variant will pair its enlarged battery pack with a 160 kW (215 hp) electric motor and a 11 to 22 kW onboard charger. Thanks to a range exceeding 200 miles and fast charging, the 60 kWh Leaf could become the most popular version.Unlike the current Leaf variants on sale, including the current range-topping 40 kWh car, the 2019 version won’t have its charging capacity limited. This was done by Nissan in a bid to minimize battery degradation.Since the new Leaf hit the market, sales have been strong globally and up and down in the United States. In May, Nissan recorded its strongest ever sales month for the Leaf in the U.S. In June; however, sales fell by 8.1 per cent year-over-year to 1506 units.In Europe, the car is selling exceptionally well, so much so that Nissan can’t keep up with demand. The company recently claimed that a new Leaf was being sold every 12 minutes across the continent.First attempt successful: The #NISSAN LEAF charges with 102 kW. #EVTEC #CHAdeMO #Fastcharging #Electromobility pic.twitter.com/YhpfuxzY60— EVTEC (@EVTECfastcharge) June 20, 2018