When it comes to Nissan models, none are as environmentally friendly and fuel efficient as the Nissan Leaf, but it looks as though this car is about to get even more efficient soon. According to Nissan director of EV Marketing and Sales Strategy, Brian Maragno, bigger things are on the horizon for the most beloved EV here at Hall Nissan Chesapeake.

Specifically, future iterations of the Nissan Leaf E-Plus are set to pack a larger battery, which means more horsepower and more range.

“A larger capacity battery lends itself towards two things: one is obvious: more range,” Maragno said in an interview with AutoGuide. “The other one, which is maybe a little less obvious, but equally as true, is additional horsepower and output.”

The current version of the Nissan Leaf manages about 150 miles when fully-charged, and while Maragno didn’t mention any specific numbers, there is a strong feeling the range will increase considerably in the new Nissan Leaf E-Plus. What isn’t up for debate is the fact that the new Nissan Leaf will jump up above 200 horsepower, which is a rather significant jump from the 142 horsepower we see in the current version of the model.

O’Brien Nissan owners obviously would love a Nissan Leaf with more speed and more range, but we don’t know yet just how long they’ll have to wait for the updated vehicle to arrive at our facility. There is a possibility it could be available for the 2019 model year, which would mean availability by the end of the year, but so far the date hasn’t been announced.

In the meantime, if you are interested in taking the current 2018 Nissan Leaf for a test drive, come pay us a visit any time, and we’ll be happy to get you behind the wheel today!