In addition to the loss of reputation scandal with the financial fraud of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance leader, Carlos Gon, who had already been dismissed, led to another significant result. The Japanese car maker Nissan has decided to postpone the announcement of a Nissan Leaf E-Plus electric car with a more powerful battery of 60 kWh while the scandal will eventually take place.
The announcement was scheduled to take place today, 28 November, it was scheduled to take place in Amsterdam and Yokohama, but it was canceled. The company management announced that it will announce a new version of the electric car only when "Make sure that such an important product gets this attention [от прессы и публики]which deserves to be ".
The announcement of the Nissan Leaf E-Plus in principle can be perceived negatively in the light of the latest news on the brand, and some publications could even be referred to as an attempt to divert attention from scandal with Carlos Ghosnu, who was once one of those who contributed to the production of electric cars.
Back in January this year, Nissan officially confirmed that Nissan Leaf E-Plus will be presented in 2019. It has recently become known that Nissan Leaf's new battery production is scheduled for January next year and the launch of upgrade orders in the first quarter of 2019. However, now before orders are likely to be forwarded at least until mid-year or even the end of next year. The updated model is expected to cost $ 35,000.
According to previously published data, the new version will be in the same design as last year's introduction of the second generation Nissan Leaf. At the same time, the electric car will be equipped with a more powerful 160 kW (110 kW current generation) and 60 kWh battery (40 kWh in current generation) providing a capacity reserve of around 360 km (current generation – 270 km via WLTP cycle)
In addition, in the case of harder capacities, the battery can get a liquid cooling system that will increase its durability and significantly accelerate charging time from high-speed charging.
Recall that Carlos Gon, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance leader, was accused of many years of financial fraud, arrest and dismissal. At present, the prosecution of Japan continues to court, businessman faces real deprivation of liberty.