2019 Nissan Leaf: More power, bigger battery to take on Model 3 & Bolt

The new second generation Nissan Leaf has less power, torque and range than the Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla Model 3. A new variant due in 2019 will fix that.


The new Nissan Leaf goes on sale in the US from early 2018 starting at US$29,990, and has an electric motor with 147hp (110kW) and 236 lb-ft (320Nm). It’s new 40kWh battery is good for an EPA range of 150mi (241km).

Nissan USA says it “will be followed in model year 2019 with a high-power version with increased motor power and battery capacity.”

The Chevrolet Bolt is priced from US$37,500, and has an electric motor with 200hp (150kW) and 266 lb-ft (360Nm). Its 60kWh battery has an EPA range of 238mi (383km).

The base Tesla Model 3 starts at US35,000, and has an EPA range of 220mi (354km). A Long Range Edition Long (US$44,000) has a 310mi (490km) EPA range.

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Joshua Thompson

Joshua Thompson

News editor — Joshua deals with numbers for a living, but cars are his lifelong passion. He loves all, from his dream Stingray through to his first car, a Mercury Tracer.