2013 Nissan LEAF Rated at 75 Miles Of Range, Now At Dealerships

FEB 16 2013 BY JAY COLE 41

Thanks to US-made Nissan LEAFs actually arriving at dealerships, we can tell you that the 2013 Nissan LEAF (via the car’s Monroney sticker) has been rated by at an EPA estimated 75 miles of range.  Also of note the combined MPG equivalent is rated at 116 miles, with 130 MPGe city/102 highway.

Nissan Hopes New Features And Pricing Increase Sales By At Least 20% in 2013

Nissan Hopes New Features And Pricing Increase Sales By At Least 20% in 2013

Some consumers had expected the increase to be much larger over the outgoing 2012 model, especially given the previous 14% range increase in Japan that was announced late last year. (using the Japanese JC08 standard, the 2013 LEAF range moved to 228 km from 200 the year prior)

However, Nissan executives in the US had already warned us (before the EPA results were known) that new range figure would not be a significant jump, due to the testing procedures in place.

  • As a point of reference, the 2012 Nissan LEAF was rated at 73 miles of range, with a efficiency rating of 106 city/92 highway (99 MPGe combined)

We should note, that many drivers in cold climates will notice a significant increase in range during the winter (on the SV/SL models as compared to previous Model Year LEAFs) thanks to a new, more efficient heating system that uses only a fraction of the outgoing LEAFs unit.

Annual fuel cost estimated by the EPA was adjusted down from $561 to $500, giving the 2013 LEAF an estimated “$9,100 in fuel savings over 5 years” when compared to the average vehicle.

The new 2013 Nissan LEAF is available from $28,800, or $199/month.  You can find all the details on the new lineup, including the new, entry level S model, here.  Recently Nissan just passed 50,000 LEAFs sold worldwide.

Photo Gallery of 2013 Nissan LEAF stickers:

Photo credits to VRWL at mynissanleaf, who also has a nifty online business at EVPlates.com if you care to check it out and customize your plug-in.  Also, a hat tip to InsideEVs reader John Hollenberg.

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I note that the photo of the model S (stripper Leaf) has the 6.6 kw charger (which is actually a 6.0 kw charger if compared on the a level playing field with the 2011-2012 Leaf). I wonder if the Leaf that has a 3.3 kw charger will have a different MPGe.

Thats a good question. I think the answer is definitely that the 6.6kW (or 6.0 as your say) system is indeed more efficient…but I doubt it will be noted by the EPA.

Also of note: All the initial runs of the S model had the charger package included (+$1,300), as I understand it from Nissan.

ps) thanks for the tip John, (=

The EPA will use the most common option to rate the car..

I don’t see stripping out the necessary elements of an EV as helping sales much. The $29,620 ($28,800 + $820 destination charge)Leaf S has the slower 3.3kw charger standard. The 6.6kw is a $1,300 upgrade that also adds the quick charger. Bringing it to $30,920. And brings the lease up to about $235/mo, or pay $1300 on delivery and maintain the $199 mo lease. But based on the article, the S does not offer the more efficient heating and better range in cold weather, that comes with the SV and SL models. Neither does it have navigation or Carwings. I think most people thought the Leaf would get cheaper, because batteries have become cheaper over time. Faster charging is primary. Especially when there is only 75 EV miles of range. But not by stripping out the important aspects of the EV….no 6.6 charger, no navigation to help you find charging stations/most efficient routes, no Carwings that connects you with your car remotely. The SV at $32,640, $3,020 more is a much better deal. You get the $1,300 6.6 charger/quick charger, along with the more efficient heater, Navigation and Carwings that is not an option on the S.

The range increase in US Leaf was lower than in Japan, not only because the driving tests are different but more importantly because the US Leaf doesn’t charge/stress the lithium cells as much.

That explains the big MPGe improvement but minor range increase.

This was done to prevent the Arizona battery disaster to repeat.

I think it was a smart move by Nissan and it will increase public trust in EVs reliance, specially in hot climates.

Now I’m curious if the soon to arrive UK Leaf will adopt the Japanese or North-American default battery state of charge (SOC), I think it will be in the middle, closer to the Japanese, since in Europe, the countries that are buying the Leaf in big quantities have cold climates.

I really doubt it but it would be a good idea if they did this..

> The range increase in US Leaf was lower than in Japan, not only because the driving tests are different but more importantly because the US Leaf doesn’t charge/stress the lithium cells as much.

And you know this how? References?

For now you just have to take my word on this.

The new 6,6KWh charger cannot explain by itself the improvement from 99 MPGe to 116MPGe (17%).

A simple way to test if the new 6,6KWh charger is the most important responsible regarding energy efficiency improvement is to compare the 2012/2013 versions by using a CHAdeMO DC fast charger instead.

In Japan despite the range improvement they still use the 3,3KWh charger. The 6,6KWh charger is only for the US version.


How quickly the vehicle can charge, has nothing to do with how efficiently it consumes the available energy.

Still not convinced, since the 2011-2012 Leaf was rated using a 2 cycle test while the 2013 Leaf used a 5 cycle test. Thus, we really can’t compare the range figures since different test cycles were used.

The 5 cycle test was used for measuring both range and efficiency. You can’t blame this test for getting a small range increase in model 2013, because it was the same test that gave big efficiency improve.

Do you really think that a company like Nissan wouldn’t do anything to avoid more bad press like the Arizona episode had?

The model 2013 battery will handle more charge/discharge cycles due to lower SOC. Believe what you want, I don’t even like the Leaf, it’s a big, heavy car with an inefficient design (inside and out), Renault Zoe is a much better EV, it’s a shame that it has the mandatory battery lease. The Fit EV is also better, only lacks quick charge, it’s a shame that Honda don’t sell it.

This doesn’t make any sense whatsoever.

The extent and cost of the changes required to make the US LEAF charge to a lower SOC would be justifiable. It’s still a low-volume vehicle, and it has to amortize a very large R&D investment. Any tweaks will increase cost, and make negotiations with suppliers, such as the onboard charger vendor, more complicated and difficult.

Besides, owners who voluntarily charged to a lower SOC in Phoenix did not get much in terms of longer battery life or slower degradation. About the only thing that seemed to slow down the process somewhat was A/C or swamp cooler in the garage.

Unless you have any conclusive evidence or were told by an engineer at Nissan that this was the case, it would be better if you stopped making such unqualified statements.

The new EPA range estimate of 75 miles is very disappointing. While much has been made of lowering the price of the 2013 Leaf, range is the largest stumbling blocks for most of us in Southern California. How Nissan could do almost nothing for two years to extend the Leaf”s range baffles me. The Leaf was already failing behind last year, when Honda and Ford range (76, 82) bested Nissan. This year Nissan will be passed further by better range in Fiat, VW, BMW, Chevy. I love the Leaf, and this is very frustrating. I put money down on a 2013 Leaf. I am now reconsidering.

Extra range of 1 or 2 miles hardly matters. When the next gen battery comes, we will get Leaf with larger range options. May be 2014 model.

I too am less interested in a 2013 than I was just yesterday. The meager increase in range is disappointing given the weight reductions and a motor we are lead to believe is more efficient and better optimized for highway speeds.

The better winter range and 6.6kWh charger are still compelling however 🙂

The new heater system is not on the S model. Must have the same as the 2012 has.

Jay, despite the test being different in Japan, how can the new Japan Leaf have a 10 percent range increase but not the same percent in the states?


Good question.

You will notice the increased efficiency rating of the LEAF in the city for the 2013 MY (13 MPGe vs 106 MPGe). The JC08 driving standard is heavy biased to this metric, and even to parasitic loads of the car’s various systems, as the test is done over 8.1 km (5 miles) in 20 minutes, with speeds not greater than 82 km/hr (roughly 50 mph).

You can see how 228 km/141 miles is achieved in Japan (as well as the extra bump for ’13s over ’12s), when the average speed in such an exercise is only 24.5 km/hr (15 mph).

The test mostly focuses on idling, traffic slowdowns, and start/stop acceleration, as it was intended to measure emissions impact…not so much with the intention of measuring realistic electric vehicle ranges. Irregardless, the 2013 EPA figures is a blend of the charging state of the car 50% based on 80%, 50% based on 100%.

I am a fairly smart guy, and I have no idea what you just said.

If I remember correctly the original LEAF range was done on the old 2-cycle range test, not the current 5-cycle test which is more conservative. Was the LEAF ever retested?

In other words EPA 75 miles today takes more energy than it did in 2010.

In regards to that, Tesla tried to spec their battery ranges based on the EPA standard back in 2009 at 160/230/300. The standard changed while they were developing the car and that is why the 300 went down to 265. They did a test on the old standard and actually got 315 miles out of the 85 kWh pack. I would provide a link, but I am on my phone (and lazy).

OK, so in basic terms, they made the leaf get a better range more for the Japan test for their home market than our EPA range test? Does the new leaf in the states have a larger KWH battery?


The pack is the same. The first larger pack for Nissan will debut in the Infiniti LE this fall.

They basically improved how the LEAF uses the energy in everything except highway driving. Rough math: 100 miles / 75 miles * 24 kWh = 32 kWh pack for an EPA 100 mile range. Maybe that will be the next gen LEAF pack size and they can live up to their 100 mile EV promise.

For arguments sake: $500/kWh (probably on the high side for an air cooled pack) * 8 kWh = $4,000 more.

Would you pay it, if there was a $4,000 optional larger pack? I would.

I would. In a heartbeat. Give consumers an option to buy range. Nissan now charges over $1000 for a better stereo in the 2013 Leaf. Don’t they think some people would be interested in options to extend range?

Has the larger pack for the Infinity LE been confirmed? Don’t get me wrong, I would love to see that, but so far it’s been nothing than rumors. Everyone is entitled to their personal opinion, of course, but it would nice if it was noted as such.

Your right, they have not confirmed a larger pack. Just my guess that it is coming in the higher price point Infiniti.

We probably won’t have to wait too much longer to find out though.

Exactly what you would expect for a 3.5% improvement in Cd, and weight. Unfortunately, not enough improvement to affect sales.

The big price drop is their only hope to maintain their sales lead against newer EV’s, like Fit, Spark, Fiat, Zoe, which come closer to the 100 mile range they originally promised.

Maybe next year they will add full moon wheel covers, and rear fender skirts. At least that would show they were trying to be serious about efficiency.

The auto makers are in a bind with EV’s. The magic number, as they originally thought, probably is 100 miles of range for a comparably priced, mass market EV. But with current batteries, you can’t get 100 miles, in a conventional car, at a price reasonably close to ICE. A Leaf, with 36 kWh pack would get 100 miles of real range, with heat, AC, whatever, but the price would go up too much. And it appears Tesla has figured out that there is no market for a high end car with 100+ mile range with a 40 kWh pack.

The majority of buyers want a conventional car. Ever time a manufacturer shows an efficient concept vehicle, it is dismissed as a clown car, a fishmobile, scooter, etc. Yet these are the only vehicles that could deliver 100 miles of range, at a reasonable price.

As it stands right now, if you add the $7500 tax rebate and the “$9100” five year fuel savings, then the LEAF has about $16,600 to be a comparable value to an ICE. I would also argue that it is difficult to find a vehicle in the ICE price range you are suggesting, that has an equivalent driving performance (instant torque) and luxury feel (quiet ride) for every day driving.

I don’t think we can say for sure what the market is for the Tesla 40 kWh Model S until they start producing them next month. I have read some 85 kWh owners mention they are ordering a 40 kWh as their “second car”. Must be nice…

For many of us, comparisons with ICE vehicles always strain the obvious. We are drawn to EVs, at least in part, for the pressing environmental, and geopolitical advantages of of saying no to oil. Here in SoCal, our local power stream is now approaching 25 percent renewables, and coal is no longer the major fuel source. Last week’s FOE national poll showing more than 80 per cent of Americans favor a carbon tax over cutting gov’t services to balance the budget is certainly not gospel, of course, but you can hear the music.

I have an early 2011 SL, Love it.
For me, if I was going to buy another, I’d take the new S.

I often don’t mind paying more for the options, but looking at what I’d be paying FOR:

– Nissan Navigation System – worst part of the LEAF. Sucks
– CARWINGS® – still haven’t worked out what it does other than tell me how many trees I’ve saved
– 17″ Aluminum-alloy wheels – I suppose those are nice, but maybe i’ll just pick out my own in which case let me start with steel
– 6.6 kW Onboard Charger – I don’t care if my charger shuts off at 2:30am or 5am
-Quick charge port – Have one, have never used it.
– Automatic on/off LED headlights. I so don’t need this.
– Fog Lights. Never used them

$18,800 in CA after rebates (plus destination charge). Great deal. Well done Nissan !

Ditto Shaun: But for me, the $199 + tax lease makes the most sense. With the $2500 rebate from California to completely offset the drive off costs, this car is unequivocally free for me to drive the 12,000 miles per year allowed. Now, who does not want a free car? plus not bad for the environment! In three years, bring on the next contestant. My 50 mile a day California commute is comfortably within range. This car is comfortable and spacious and while not for everyone, I think it has been overlooked by many. When the free government money runs out, these crazy cheap deals will likely be gone too. So, clasp hands with the government, and do something good for yourself and the planet. Bob

It looks like the 2013 Focus Electric just become a much better option:

– $159/mo with $2,188 down in Southern CA
– $306/mo with $200 down in Northern CA
– $139/mo with $3,183 down for the rest of the country

ALL the features of the Leaf SL, 6.6 charger(no quick charge port), Navigation(voice), MyFord Touch(voice), MyFord Mobile, 76EV miles, 17 inch alloy wheels, LED Headlights, Fog Lights, and most importantly…. a battery pack with thermal protection to extend battery life, quicker charging, and provides more range in all temperatures.

But cheaper than the stripped down Leaf S with 3.3 charger, no navigation, no carvings, etc at $199/mo with $1,999 down.

Just need to fix the trunk space in the 2013 Focus Electric and it’s a winner!!!

Oh and add a SAE quick charger port and we’re good to go! I hear there will be hundreds installed later this year! 😉 That way the Focus can drive more than 50 miles before plugging in for 8 hours!

Has anyone seen the 2013 Leaf in their local dealerships yet? It seems the promised “by the end of the year” delivery date, to the “Jan 1st” delivery date, to the “Feb. 1st” delivery date, to the “Mid-February” delivery date, just keeps moving. The date may have more range than the car?

Hey John,

Yes, reportedly the cars got shipped out last week and started arriving as early as this past Monday. It looks like around 200 or so have been received and listed for sale in Nissan’s dealer inventory.

Nissan has said it could take as long as the end of next month to populate dealer inventories though.

We got our first two “S” models this morning. More on the way, but no dates as to when.

Good stuff. Yupe, little slow on initial the “S” rollout. Question: did you get any actual ‘base-base’ S models yet?

Paul, Great news that you got a few 2013’s. I’m waiting for mine in Tempe Arizona and still don’t have a firm date. My 2011 has been great for 2 years but I want to compare the 2013 to see what it is really like. I’ve averaged over 5.7 miles/KwH for 22K miles.

IO hope to hear they are rolling out all across the USA very soon.

Thanks for the news, Jim

4 new 2013 Leafs showed up this week in my San Diego dealership. They look great, including my first look at the SL. Both the leather and the black cloth interiors are nicely done. Kudos. Also, I assume everyone saw the update on range? 84 is the new range for 100% battery usage? Good news indeed.

Hiya John, glad you are gettng some inventory.

Here is the article explaining that the new 75 mile EPA range rating is an average of a 100% charge (that gets 84 miles) and a 80% charge (that gets 66 miles).

Dollars-to-doughnuts, the 2013 range is 11 miles greater than the outgoing 2012 LEAF on paper.

Jay, I bet you are right. I suspect you’ve already looked at the very interesting Edmonds.com EV range test. They drove all current EVs on a roughly 100 mile loop in Orange County, CA. The “old” Leaf (2011, I think) did poorly (82 miles) compared to most competitors. The Fit, for example, got around 102 mile of range. I suspect the 2013 Leaf, now with its better EPA full range , will do as we’ll as the Fit when it is tested. Should be interesting. Thx for the good information.