Nissan won’t be introducing a new version of its LEAF electric vehicle until sometime in the fall of 2014, but there are already reports suggesting many major improvements to be expected. Among these improvements is a more affordable price and a longer range. But, perhaps more interesting is that the vehicle will also support wireless charging.
The next LEAF is expected to be a better electric car in every way, while also being more affordable. A source, speaking with AutoExpress, revealed that Nissan intends to bring down the cost of the batteries and electric components, although he did not specify by how much. Overall performance and range should also see great improvement.
Nissan has currently sold only about 15,000 LEAF vehicles throughout the world since it first debuted in December 2010. However, the company has ambitious plans for its electric vehicles, aiming to sell 1.5 million EV models in 2016. It also plans to introduce a special charging system by Summer 2012 that lets your EV charge your home.
Additionally, the new LEAF will be able to be charged wireless via an induction charging pad. The pad will be optional and can be installed in the owner’s home. The charging time is the same as a corded charging system and is said to be 80 to 90 percent efficient, charging at rates between 3 and 6 kWs.