2014 Nissan LEAF: Mostly Unchanged As Range Technically Moves Up To 84 Miles

JAN 8 2014 BY JAY COLE 48

2014 Nissan LEAF is (for the most part) Unchanged In Both Pricing And Features

2014 Nissan LEAF is (for the most part) Unchanged In Both Pricing And Features

With the arrival of 2014 model year LEAFs on dealer lots at the very end of 2013, Nissan has finally released the accompanying details on the latest edition of the best selling EV in the world.

2014 MY Nissan LEAF

2014 MY Nissan LEAF

And not much has changed.

On a technical level the range has increased from 75 miles in 2013 to 84 miles, but this is due to the fact Nissan has eliminated the EPA blended range rating (which averages the 80% charge range and the 100% charge range) by deleting the option to charge to 80% on the 2014 LEAF itself… now only the 100% range number applies.

This was probably done because practically no other automaker had to put out the blended number.

Sidenote:  We would very much like to see that whatever the range number quoted by OEMs, that the EPA make it a standard metric to used across the board by everyone, so that comparisons can be made on an even-weighted basis.  So if that means 100% for everyone – that’s ok.

Also, pricing for all models of the LEAF (S, SV, SL) have increased by $180.  The base LEAF now starts at $28,980, SV from $32,000, and the SL from $35,020.

Reason for the change?   The company felt that the rear view camera was a swell option, and has now made it standard right across the board.

A Nissan spokesman noted the pricing change as well, saying:

“We’ve made the rear view camera standard on all trim levels. As such, pricing has also held essentially flat, with some adjustment for the change in equipment.”

Other points of interest:

  • new color choice: “Gun Metalllic”
  • 2014 MPGe is listed at 114 MPGe, which is curiously 1 MPGe less than 2013
  • 126 City MPGe, 101 Highway MPGe
  • SV, SL come with 6.6 kW L2 charging continues – full charge in about 5 hours
  • S model still has 3.6 kW L2 charging – full charge in about 8 hours

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48 Comments on "2014 Nissan LEAF: Mostly Unchanged As Range Technically Moves Up To 84 Miles"

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Andrew K

Finally. The whole EPA thing was confusing last year to the un-informed public. This will help. Is it disingenuous to give out the 100% range when most people are charging their leafs/teslas to 90%? Sure it is. But it is a good way to compare them. Now if we could just get ride of eMPG in favor of MPK (Miles per Kilowatt Hour) then we could have a comparison data point about the efficiency of different electrics.

Assaf

I don’t think it is disingenuous. In fact, 90% is meaningless since Nissan recommends to charge to 80% on a day-to-day basis, and to 100% when you really need to squeeze it.

The full-charge figure is what you can expect when take it out on the road (+/- 20% depending on driving conditions/speed). So that’s the figure of reference.

For EV newbies inquiring about purchasing etc., I’d recommend taking this range and multiplying by 2/3 or so. For you daily commuting needs, this is how much you can count on having from 80% charge even on bad weather (not Polar-Vortex bad though :)), without any extra midday charging. Then maybe take off a few% for battery degradation that takes place after a couple of years.

Long story short… if 50-55 miles between charging opportunities in daily-use scenarios are a go, then the 2013/4 Leaf is a match.
OTOH – the road-trip capabilities might approach 100 miles without charge, under good conditions and *very* savvy driving.

evnow

Most people charge to 100% most of the time. Only a few nerds charge to 80%.

Assaf

Count me a nerd then 🙂 As well as the majority of Leaf drivers AFAIK.

Seriously, if your daily use barely scratches 20-30 miles on most days, what’s the point of keeping it at 100%? Just to ruin the battery?

I put only 15 miles per day on my Leaf. I did go one whole year charging only to 80% on regular days. If I knew I was going to be going somewhere further I’d charge to 100%. However, since I also decided I’d most likely be returning my Leaf at end of lease, I sort of stopped caring and started charging to 100%. There were two incidents where I was at work and discovered I’d need to go somewhere immediately after work but did not have enough range so I had to get a ride with somebody else. Since I cannot charge at work, this was a problem. Had the Leaf been charged to 100% I would have been able to make it. So I just decided it wasn’t worth it to charge to 80% on a leased car.

evnow

That AFAIK is based on … ?

I think there was a poll on MNL on this … otherwise I’ll start one.

jstack6

They also need to tell the true battery life. Liquid cooling makes a big difference. The MPk is good for when you first get the EV but after time can change. The new LEAF desert battery should be real interesting when it is released in April 2014. Cars with liquid cooling like the FOCUS EV don’t have a 80% option.

Another thing needed is the heating and air conditioning efficiency. Nissan 2013 uses a heat pump that is really good. It seems to use 1/2 or less the energy of our Focus EV. So all 3 of these items, MPk, Bat life and Climate control efficiency make it a great buy or maybe just a lease.

Hmmm. I have mixed feelings about this. While I understand the need to have a fair comparison with other electric vehicles, I think that 84 miles is unrealistic for the car under normal driving conditions. I think this is what leads people to buy a car like this who have an 80 mile commute and say “Oh look. The car can go 84 miles, so I should be fine.” Then they are disappointed with the car when it doesn’t provide that for them.

Assaf

Steve Marsh still chugs along on his 63-mile one-way commute in a 2011, somewhat-degraded 100k-mile Leaf. So I think if someone has an 80-mile commute then

1. They know they’re pushing it (80 is not far from 84);
2. If it’s 80 miles round-trip, they know they need to find some at-work charging to give themselves some buffer;
2. If it’s 80 miles one-way and it does work for them, they’ll laugh all the way to the bank, saving >$5k/year just on gas, not counting the ICE maintenance that accumulates pretty fast when you rack up the miles at this rate.

ModernMarvelFan

Doesn’t Steve Marsh stop on his Commute to charge b/c he no longer has enough range for 63 miles commute?

Dave R

Yes, he frequently has to stop at a QC top top off to make it 63 miles on his commute where he used to not have an issue.

If you live where it rarely gets below freezing, I might recommend up to 40 miles between charges as a regular commute if you want to keep the car 3+ years.

If temps get below freezing, you probably don’t want a commute longer than 30 miles between charges unless you are prepared to take extra measures to preserve state of charge.

In good weather here in coastal southern California and a babied 2.5 year old LEAF (follow all of Nissan’s “long-life” tips), I get about 55 miles from a 100% charge to the first low battery warning. The first year I was able to get about 70 miles with the same type of driving. Yeah, down ~20% range well ahead of Nissan’s 5 year estimate!

The car has been great (very reliable, etc) outside of the rapid rate of capacity loss. I can’t recommend anyone buy one unless they are prepared to live with 70% of the range or less after a few years.

Ocean Railroader

I’m a little depressed that they didn’t try raising the battery capacity to 30 kilowatts along with raising the range to a 100 miles solid in that this car has remanded around 75 to 80 miles range for the last four years since 2010.

Assaf

Mee too…. our lease expires in August… still x-ing my fingers that they come up with something midyear, or some early start on the 2015 model-year (the 2013 model’s “year” seems to have been 10 months)… otherwise we might leave Nissan for some other plug-in vehicle.

I am in the same boat Assaf, along with hot weather degradation(Houston). My driving habits have changed since I got the LEAF also. So as much as I love my LEAF, I might be trying out a new plug-in later this year.

gigglehertz

The rumor is that they are saving the changes for the 2015 model year. I’m a bit disappointed by no price drop, through I suspect they are saving that for the 2015 as well. I’m hoping we’ll see a 24kWH model at a reduced price, with a 36kWH (or better) model at today’s price. 2015 is shaping up to be an interesting year.

Assaf

Why drop the prices when demand exceeds supply? That was the situation with the 2013 model year in the US. If 2014 sales are soft going into the summer, expect prices to drop.

Besides, the worst-hidden secret with Leaf sales is that since almost everyone leases, the list price is moot – it’s whatever lease deal you work out with your local dealer, and those tend to be very flexible according to self-reports on mynissanleaf.

Ocean Railroader

Tesla right now is the only electric car on the road that I’m not worried about them raising the range it’s all the others and this one is one of the worst offenders. Such as this car could get creamed in 2015 by Tesla if their model E comes out with a 60 kilowatt battery pack and they are stuck with the 24 kilowatt pack and even any pack under 40 kilowatts will be made obsolete by Tesla crashing around. In terms of range though and battery break thoughts I really would worry on dropping all the extra weight and battery mass off of the car for the same range if batteries got 30% better.

In the current shape of the way things look the Nissan Leaf in it’s present form could join the Prius in being made obsolete at the rate things are going with Tesla and some other bruisers out there.

Tesla has yet to demonstrate a working model of this car. So for the moment it is vaporware. You can bet Nissan will be adding more range on the next makeover of the car, as well as coming out with some other electric offerings in the next few years. I highly suspect the Tesla model E will still be steep on the price, probably looking in the upper $40,000 to $50,000 to get any decent equipment on it. Nissan will most likely still have a vehicle at half of that price albeit half the range.

John Hansen

Vaporware is usually applied to products that are many years behind schedule, or are from companies that have a history of not delivering on promises. I think you meant “not yet available”.

Assaf

You’re reading my thoughts.

My guess is Tesla will come out with a “full-fledged” 200-mile Model E at close to $50k, and offering a “lesser” one, around 150-mile range and stripped-down trim, at ~$35k.
Then trying to create peer-pressure that pushes everyone towards the higher trim.

This not-lying-not-but-saying-the-truth-either will be par for the course for Musk et al.

Our only defense as consumers from Tesla’s jacking up Model E prices, is really that Nissan and others amp up their own ranges.

I said it before, here again: 120-150 miles range (stable to climate/weather conditions), and quick-charging infrastructure, is pretty much all one needs for most BEVs, especially if affordability and and battery-production fingerprint are a concern.

The Leaf is not too far from that. A couple more pushes and they’re there. But they need to be quick.

scott moore

Yes, Assaf, its called “competition”.

You socialists should get out more.

gigglehertz

My guess is Nissan and other OEM’s will be ramping up production around 2015 when all the next Gen vehicles are released with better range. Higher production and ironed out supply problems means they could cut the price on what will then be a lower grade 80-ish mile EV that nobody would want to spend $30k on when there are 150-200 mile options available

Dave R

It looks like Nissan removed the 80% charge setting for 2014.

GreenCarReports noted this and looking at the 2014 owners manual I can’t find any reference to the 80% long life mode setting.

I predicted this would happen as soon as the EPA range came out for the 2013 model Leaf and we found out how they calculated it. I knew that would remove any incentive for any manufacturer to offer a long-life mode.

Aaron

That is an interesting development. I wonder if they changed the battery chemistry a bit to better tolerate 100% charging.

I, too, am waiting for the 2015 model with baited breath. My i-MiEV’s lease is up in January 2015 and I’m looking for a car that’s a little more… substantial.

Dave R

They had better improve the chemistry. Even in moderate coastal California temps LEAFs are down ~20% capacity approaching 3 years of ownership if they drive a typical amount of miles.

If they haven’t, there’s going to be a lot of 2-3 year old LEAFs down 20-30% capacity and a lot of unhappy LEAF owners. Luckily it seems that most LEAF drivers have wised up and are leasing instead of buying.

I guess it all depends on if you lease the Leaf or own it. If you are just leasing, then go ahead and burn up the battery with 100% charge, because there is no concern about a longer battery life. You are giving it back in 3 years anyway. But if someone actually bought the Leaf, and intends on using the 100% charge, they should also plan for the $100/mo battery lease when the battery degrades at a rapid rate. Tesla holds back 10% of the battery to extend it’s life, unless switching to Max Range charge. Ford Focus Electric holds back 80% at EPA 76 miles with the sole purpose of extending the life of the battery past 200k miles before any sign of degradation, where a portion of the remaining 20% can be used to get back to 80% for range past 300 miles at EPA 76 miles. But it’s clear, Nissan sees the battery lease business as a profit center. So the faster consumers burn out their batteries, the more $100/mo battery lease consumers they will have. Since you can’t drive a Leaf without a battery. But it is also clear that the EPA should offer two… Read more »

The $180 price increase had nothing to do with the AroundView monitor package which is a $1,050 option, that is not standard on any model of the Leaf for 2014 based on the attached spec sheet. It’s still not available on the S model, and an option on the SV and SL.

It seems to be just a price increase for the 2014 model year.

Jamal

Rearview monitor… not AroundView.

Reading over the Edmunds EV real world range test.

“The Ford nips the Nissan in acceleration and braking, while it handily beats it in handling. On our mixed-driving loop, the Focus traveled 99.8 miles and took just 4 hours to recharge afterward.”

Which means that even though the Leaf has a larger 24kWh battery pack, compared with the Focus Electric at 23kWh, The Focus EV it still offers more EV range, using just 80% battery.

The Leaf at 80% only offered 83 miles in the Edmunds testing. So it would be interesting what the max range would be with 100% charge available, that Nissan claimed to be 84 miles.

http://www.edmunds.com/fuel-economy/testing-electric-vehicles-in-the-real-world.html

Dave R

Where does it say they only used 80% on the ’11 LEAF? I guarantee that they charged to 100%.

That said, it was an ’11 and not a ’12 – a one year old LEAF in the Los Angeles area will lose about 10% capacity in one year depending on how it’s treated, so if they had tested a new one, the probably would have gotten around 90 miles in their test.

My co-worker had a 2013 Focus EV….he was so ticked that my 2012 LEAF would leave him easily up to 40mph….he was embarrassed how bad the beating was…over and over and over.

Model S

you’d both be ticked at the smart ed out accelerating both your cars

Aaron

Smart ED: 0-60 = 11.5 seconds
LEAF: 0-60 = ~7 seconds
Focus EV: 0-60 = 8.5 seconds

The only thing your Smart ED will beat is my i-MiEV ~13 seconds. 😉

ModernMarvelFan

No stock Leaf can do 0-60mph in 7 seconds on flat land. Maybe it can do that falling off the Grand Canyon.

That is a myth that has been spread all over the internet for years… It all traced down to that one blogger who claimed that he clocked that with his wrist watch and zerotosixty.com has been quoting that ever since without any proof.

Just about every review has shown that Leaf is a 10 second car in 0-60mph… 2013 model is even slower.

Focus EV doesn’t do 8.5seconds either. It is more like 9.5 seconds.

David

Net price drop. $180 is much less than the rear view camera cost in the package before.

Otherwise sounds like no changes. Yawn.

Wonder how they’ll differentiate the LEAF model with the hot battery.

blakem

I have a 2013 model and think that 75 miles is a better number to report. Sure, if you drive 65 mph in ECO mode, 84 is possible, but to me is a bit misleading. Also, I’m surprised they are using the conservative 5 hours for charging at 6.6 kW. This must be assuming 208V and a generous amount of time to balance the cells. At full 6.6 kW, I’ve never had it take more than 3 hours to reach 99%.

Freedom45

I am looking to buy a second hand Nissan LEAF.

Is there a way to know how many times a previous owner charged the battery at 100% vs 80% on the Leaf infotainment system?

John Hollenberg

If buying a second hand Leaf, you should either buy or borrow a meter to check the battery capacity. Two popular choices are the Leaf Spy application or a LeafDD. Search mynissanleaf.com for more info.

Mark

Anyone have anything remotely concrete on the 2015 changes/options?

Foo

more like frugly

Priusmaniac

84 miles range means an action radius of 42 miles, which is really not enough when you don’t have a Rex in the car. Even the Tesla Model S 85 KWh still has too little action radius since it can barely reach Paris. A Prius has 200 miles of action radius which translate in the equivalent of a 125 KWh Model S.
The Model E is supposed to have a 100 miles action radius which is only 62 KWh.
There needs to be either a big improvement toward a 125 KWh battery or a Rex on board to allow 200 miles action radius.

A radius of 42 miles is plenty for most people.. But keep in mind that advancements in charging infrastructure can dramatically increase that radius. For example, if there is a charger (preferably a quick charger) somewhere near your destination then the radius is basically doubled.

Ocean Railroader
The Mitsubishi i-Mev electric car from what I have been running around on to the internet might be the first existing electric car for sale to raise it’s range from the range it started out with in mid 2014 or late 2014. Where I got this rumor from was from Toshiba that around the middle of 2014 they where going to introduce a new bend in their electric car batteries that would allow it to have the same mass and size but with 30% more energy in it. If Mitsubishi is trying to do something about their EV’s crappy range of 62 miles they could in theory replace their existing batteries with these new batteries and get 80 miles range without having to rebuild the battery pack support system in the same car. I suspect that with them having some of the lowest battery ranges in the industry most of everyone else is getting 80 miles on a charge and some new comers are going for 90 plus they would be under the most pressure to raise there car’s range. Here is the story about Toshiba working on a battery that will raise the amount of energy http://techon.nikkeibp.co.jp/english/NEWS_EN/20130219/266673/ from 176Wh/L… Read more »
John

For the folks saying 80% is fair and your actual range is +/- 20% We have a Ford Focus that goes from an average range of 75 miles during the summer with A/C to about 40 miles range while running the heater during the winter when the temperature dips to single digits. I think manufactures should post range including outside temp. Such at at 90 degrees A/C on 70 degrees no A/C and freezing 32 degrees heat on. If I had known my car would take such a winter hit in range while using the heater I would have never bought one.

Mike in Colorado
OMG! Still no green color option. Can’t Nissan hear their target audience? With respect to charging, two more data points. After about 3 months of 80% charging, I switched to 100%. Given the need for heat in Denver in the winter, the range was pitiful at 80%. I have had my Leaf 24 months now with no noticeable battery capacity degradation. Today I drove 12 miles to work, 21 miles across town to a luncheon, 21 miles back to work, and 12 miles home, got home with two bars. I did that by consciously not using the heater even though it was 24 degrees this morning, and taking surface streets at 45 mph to get to and from the luncheon rather than taking the freeway at 65 mph. I do not like needing to make such choices, so a) I’d like more range capacity, and b) 80% charging is not an option. Also I convinced a friend at the gym with a 2 year lease to begin charging 100%. He and his wife had had a lot of range anxiety at 80%, and he won’t even own the car long term! Range was his only complaint and now they are… Read more »
Tim Miser

The spec above says manual foot pedal parking brake. Did the Nissan get rid of the electronic parking brake I have in my 2012 Leaf?

Andyj

Yes they did. People have put it down to cost cutting but I think it’s a great idea for European cars that need to get away at lights more quickly than my “touch the accelerator and count to three” issue.