In the second generation, Nissan’s electric compact was more adapted to the target clientele. The upcoming third generation should also think even more about customers.
The Nissan Leaf is undoubtedly one of the pioneers of electric propulsion. The first generation arrived on the market in 2010, when other brands were just starting to think about electric cars. The second generation from 2017 has already benefited from previous experience, thus getting closer to the target clientele. As she was no longer such a pioneer, she changed a style that was more conventional to appeal to more customers. A similar change awaits the upcoming third generation.
The third generation of the Nissan Leaf is due to arrive in 2025 and, according to behind-the-scenes reports, will change radically. If the current two generations have always been a compact hatchback (albeit otherwise shaped), the novelty will turn into a crossover.
It’s basically a logical choice. Crossovers are extremely popular with the public today, and Nissan has recently specialized in such cars in Europe. What’s more, an elevated building is generally ideal for an electric car – due to the batteries in the floor, an electric car is usually taller.
The head of the European division of the brand, Guillaume Cartier, has already confirmed that the third generation of Leaf will also be produced for the old continent at the British factory in Nissan in Sunderland. The new Leaf is part of a massive £ 1 billion investment in the plant, which was announced in July this year.
The technical basis will probably be provided by the newly developed CMF-EV alliance platform designed for electric cars.
The new Leaf will be a key part of Nissan’s future offering in Europe, which will focus primarily on electrified drives. “If we invest in Euro 7, the estimated cost is about half the margin per car, so we would have to pass on about 2,000 euros (about 51,000 CZK) to the customer,” Cartier explains why Nissan is betting on electrification. They believe that the technology of electric cars will gradually become cheaper, which will reduce their price.
That is why the brand estimates that by 2030, 80% of its European sales will be electric cars. By 2025, it wants to offer all its cars in electrified form, either as a hybrid or an electric car. That is why the future of sports Nissan on the old continent is highly uncertain. In addition, the brand paves the way for battery electric cars, it does not count on hydrogen propulsion.