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Nissan Leaf Generation Two To Be Revealed In September

The long-anticipated redesign for the Nissan Leaf is to be revealed Sept. 6 in Tokyo.

According to Pierril Pouret, senior vice president of Nissan in the Nordic Region speaking in Oslo, Norway Monday, Nissan’s mass-market EV will be an all-new design with some cues taken as expected from the IDS concept (pictured).

“This will be a brand new model designed from blank sheets that will make sure we’re still in the front,” said Pouret at an event to commemorate the 30,000th Leaf in Norway.

Concealed test mules have already been seen testing on roads in Europe, and in question is how the Leaf will stack up to the 238-mile range Chevy Bolt EV, and pending 215-plus-mile Tesla Model 3, both to be priced in the mid 30s before incentives.

The original Leaf was designed after focus groups said they wanted a stand-out green car look. The new one will be toned down with some identifying cues carried forward.

The Tesla and Chevy are quite different except for price point and miles of range, and among the two, the Leaf will be more closely likened to a Bolt alternative.

It’s expected the Leaf could get a 60-kWh battery, but not before next year, and indicators are it may be a smaller-spec grade with only 40-kWh initially.

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The Bolt has a 60 kWh battery, enabling its long range, but a 40-kWh, if true, would mean the first Leafs have under 200 miles EPA-rated range.

Pricing is of course not announced, but it would be likely to be in line with the present Leaf which starts around $31,000 and has 107 miles range – and otherwise competitive with the other vehicles it must sell against.

Pouret said the new Leaf will also boast some degree of autonomous drive capability without saying if this was optional, or standard.

The new Leaf is expected to go on sale by end of year according to the Norwegian report, and be available for deliveries by 2018.

Nissan, which has invested 3 billion Euros in Europe in batteries, says battery packs will be prepared at a cost value to it.

“In the automotive industry today there is nothing invested in as much as in electric cars and electric car technology,” said Pouret. “Many of these investments we already made 10 years ago, which gives us a certain competitive advantage.”

TU via InsideEVs

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Qualcomm Tests Dynamic Charging System On Renault Kangoo

Qualcomm has debuted an evolutionary version of its “Halo” wireless charging system capable of providing charge to an electric vehicle while it’s travelling at highway speeds.

The new dynamic electric vehicle charging (DEVC) system is currently being tested using a Renault Kangoo on a 100-meter test track at the Vedecom Institute in Satory just outside of Versailles, France. The track is comprised of four 25-meter long road segments, each utilizing its own power supply. Two 10 kW vehicle pads located under the vehicle receive and transmit the charge to the battery as it drives over the road, converting it from 85-kHz AC power to DC power.

Qualcomm says its DEVC system can provide 20 kilowatts of power to a given vehicle at speed of up to 60 mph. The system is also capable of simultaneous charging in which two vehicles using the same track can charge dynamically at the same time. The vehicles can be traveling in opposite directions of one another or in reverse, showcasing the flexibility of the technology. The system is an evolution of its Halo wireless charging system, which is only capable of charging a vehicle when it’s stationary.

The project is a part of the €9 million ($10 million) “FABRIC” initiative (FeAsiBility analysis and development of on-Road chargIng solutions for future electriC vehicles), which is funded by the European Commission and comprises 25 organizations from nine European countries, including automotive manufacturers, suppliers, service providers and more. The group says its main goal is to “conduct feasibility analysis of wireless DEVC as a means of EV range extension.”

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Volvo's current diesels may be its last: CEO

2018 Volvo XC60Diesel has had an increasing rough ride during the current decade—scandals, emission crackdowns, a push for electric vehicles—and it’s becoming clear that some automakers are reaching their limits. That includes Volvo, whose chief executive officer has declared its newest generation of diesel engines may be its last, according to…

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