# 2018 Nissan LEAF Gets Range Rating On WLTP Cycle

2 weeks ago by Mark Kane 11Comments

### The range of the new Nissan LEAF is **151 miles (243 km) EPA** and **235 miles (378 km) NEDC**.

But what about in Austria, where the new WLTP methodology is in place?

Nissan Austria has released WLTP ratings now, so we get a look at those figures too.

The WLTP is a new, more realistic range cycle that eventually will replace NEDC throughout Europe.

According to the specs, the new LEAF will be able to drive:

#### 16 inch wheels

- 258 miles (415 km) city
- 177 miles (285 km) combined cycle
- efficiency (with charging) at 19.4 kWh/100 km

#### 17 inch wheels

- 242 miles (389 km) city
- 168 miles (270 km) combined cycle
- efficiency (with charging) at 20.6 kWh/100 km

There are some questions as to whether those numbers are ultimate or with some bugs, but at least the combined result is much closer to the EPA than NEDC.

There is one more thing of note, 0-100 km/h (62 mph) time in the specs is **7.9 seconds** for all trim levels, which is quicker than previously stated (less than 9 seconds or 8.6 seconds).

Source: infohub.at via pushevs.com

So, the WLTP will be the new NEDC 😀

Basically, it’s still too slow, but an improvement on the NEDC because they added a higher-speed cycle.

So 258 miles in the city is the new WLTP, that equates to about 6.5miles per kWh. That seems really optimistic to me.

That’s some powerful unicorn juice!

Those ranges could be achieved if you drove at a steady 30mph but not otherwise. Why do they put out this foolishness

The city cycle averages less than 30km/h, but it’s far from steady. Lots of stop and go along with idle time, which to me is better than the EPA city cycle.

But yes, conditions like weather are still ideal .

there is something I don’t get. With an electricity consumption of 19.4 kWh/100km , the range for a 40kWh battery should be only 200 km.

That 19.4kWh/100km is wall-to-wheel.

If the range is 285km, and the battery is actually 40kWh then the tank-to-wheel efficiency would be 14.035kWh/100km so the wall-to-tank efficiency would be 72.346%.

That’s a very low charging efficiency.

The usable energy of the battery is about 36.5kWh.

That would make efficiency even worse.

19.4kWh/100km and 285km range means 55 kWh for a full charge.

The EPA got similar efficiency (30kWh/100 miles), but lower range (151 miles), working out to 45 kWh for a full charge.

Something doesn’t add up.

So, my 2015 i3 tells me it’s averaged 13.5 kWh/100km over it’s 24,000 km. Although has only 18.8 kWh usable from 22kW pack, it would appear to be more efficient?