The EPA has released its official ratings for the Nissan LEAF on fuel economy, has received a combined 99 mpg (equivalent) rating, based on 106 city and 92 highway, making it the “best in the midsize vehicle class for fuel efficiency and best for the environment” according to Nissan’s media release.
As for the official range, which we knew ahead of time would be considerably lower than the “estimated 100 miles” based on he LA4 cycle, and was put at 73 miles. Which keeps in line with the EA’s new guidelines to judge performance very conservatively.
To make matters even more confusing on the range however, is that the LEAF will also have a FTC sticker that will put the range at 96 to 110 miles…so who do you believe. Is not the point of these stickers to avoid this kind of thing?
In talking to the NYT, Mark Perry, director of EV and Advanced Technology, said on the range, “Driving behavior, temperature — those things do affect your range. We’re trying to be very open so folks are making the right decision for them. We don’t want them to be surprised.”
Also of interested is the estimated annual fuel costs, which are pegged at $561. The estimated time for charging is listed at seven hours on 240V.
“We’re pleased the label clearly demonstrates the Nissan Leaf to be a best-in-class option,” said Scott Becker, senior vice president of finance and administration for Nissan in the Americas. “The label provides consumers with a tool to compare alternative-fuel vehicles to those with a traditional internal combustion engine.”
According to Nissan’s press release, the MPGe calculation is based on the EPA’s formula of 33.7kW-hrs being equivalent to one gallon gasoline energy…which leads to a whole other discussion of whether or not this number is actually meanful or not (it isn’t…but we won’t get into here). Although Mark Perry did take a stab at it, “The tough part with an electric vehicle is we have no gallons. We have no gas. But we understand the need to provide a comparison and that’s what the formula does.” While also adding that while a 12 cents/kWh charge for electricity is assumed for the purposes of issuing a sticker, prices fluctuate significantly from region to region, and time of day.
As of press no word on the LEAF electric compatriot, the Chevrolet Volt, but given these numbers and the EPA formulation, it would not be hard to make a pretty accurate guess.
FULL NISSAN PRESS RELEASE:
EPA Rates THE ALL-ELECTRIC, ZERO-EMISSION, Nissan LEAF ‘Best’ in Class for FUEL Efficiency, Environment
– Nissan LEAF label approved as Nissan prepares for December launch –.
FRANKLIN, Tenn. ( Nov. 22, 2010) – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved its fuel-economy label for the 100-percent electric Nissan LEAF, rating the vehicle to be “best” in the midsize vehicle class for fuel efficiency and “best” for the environment. The new label shows a best-in-class 99 miles-per-gallon (MPG) equivalent (combined city/highway). The MPG equivalency rating was developed by the EPA as a way to provide a standard so consumers can compare vehicles across the spectrum and make an educated purchase.
The 2011 Nissan LEAF, which uses no gas, was also rated best-in-class for the environment based on emitting zero greenhouse gases or other traditional tailpipe emissions. The label, which will be part of the Nissan LEAF’s Monroney label, is now ready for placement on the vehicles in anticipation of the December launch. After completion of five-cycle testing, the EPA has rated the Nissan LEAF with an MPG equivalent of 106 city, 92 highway for a combined 99 MPGe. This calculation is based on the EPA’s formula of 33.7kW-hrs being equivalent to one gallon gasoline energy. In addition, the label displays a charging time of seven hours on a 240V charge and a driving range of 73 miles, based on the five-cycle tests using varying driving conditions and climate controls. Driving range on the Nissan LEAF, as with all vehicles, varies with real-world driving conditions.
“We’re pleased the label clearly demonstrates the Nissan LEAF to be a best-in-class option, reflecting that it’s a pure electric vehicle, uses no gas, has no tailpipe and has zero emissions,” said Scott Becker, senior vice president, Finance and Administration, Nissan Americas. “The label provides consumers with a tool to compare alternative-fuel vehicles to those with a traditional internal combustion engine and allows them to make an informed purchase decision.”
Sales of the Nissan LEAF will begin in December in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona and Tennessee. In January 2011, sales begin in Texas and Hawaii, with additional market roll-out continuing later in 2011.
In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010 and has been recognized as a 2010 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America, the Nissan LEAF and zero emissions can be found at www.nissanusa.com