If Chevy has some kind of promotion for LEAF owners to encourage them to cross over, some may do
I was participating in a at SF Bay Area Nissan LEAF Owners public group on Facebook asking a question about Nissan LEAF vs Toyota Prius when a long term LEAF owner Kelly Richard Olsen posted the following reply about the hopes that Nissan LEAF with a 200 miles range will come in 2017. Here is Olsen in his own words putting 2017 Nissan LEAF in direct competition vs 2017 Chevy Bolt.
This is what I heard from a reliable insider this week. 2017 model will be exactly the same as the 2016. The 2nd Gen with a new body style and the larger battery giving at least 200 mile range will be the 2018 model year and will be released at the end of 2017.
Basically confirming what many have speculated, although, I was greatly hoping that the '17 would be the 200 mile car and be out in January.
I think Nissan is going to lose a bunch of people to the 200 mile Chevy Bolt which will be out about one full year before the 200 mile LEAF. I don't think I'm willing to wait another 18 months to get to a 200 mile car, especially since my '13 lease extension is only good until June of '17 and I'm losing battery capacity.
If Chevy has some kind of promotion for LEAF owners to encourage us to cross over, I might be one of those people this December when they are expected to release the Bolt. Would hate to give up Chademo for SAE, but for 200 miles a year sooner, I think I'd do it.
Also See: Chevrolet Bolt EV Packs 200hp, 266tq and 200 Miles of Electric Range. The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt is expected to reach dealerships before the end of 2016.
What are your thoughts? Is the Chevy Bolt the real competition for the 2017 and 2018 Nissan LEAFs?