The EPA has come out with fuel economy ratings for the all new Nissan Leaf EV sedan, going on sale in December throughout 5 states. EPA labeled the car the "best in its class" in terms of fuel economy, using their formula saying that 33.7 kilowatt hours equals a gallon of gasoline, according to Nissan. Using this equation the car gets the equivalent of 99 "miles per gallon," so to speak.
The car was originally designed for a 100-mile range. According to the EPA it actually only gets 73 miles per gallon, under drive tests meant to simulate real-world driving. Not bad for an electric car, and still tops most hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles.
Nissan has said before that mileage would vary, but was hoping for that 100 mile range, and the one sanctioned by the EPA (its website says the EPA LA4 cycle puts the range at 100).
According to Nissan, under some driving conditions, "such as sitting in traffic with the heat blasting, the car will only go 62 miles on a charge. Traffic jams that keep you on the road longer than 4 hours will leave you stranded."
Nissan gives a range of scenarios for different driving, but none include riding at normal highway speeds of 65 to 70 miles per hour.
The Nissan Leaf is coming soon to a dealership near you like Crystal Nissan on 937 South Suncoast Blvd, Homosassa, FL 34448.