2013 Nissan LEAF Gets A 17% Boost In EPA Efficiency Numbers - 130 City/102 Higway

2013 Nissan LEAF Gets A 17% Boost In EPA Efficiency Numbers - 130 City/102 Higway

The 2013 Nissan LEAF, which is shortly arriving at a dealership near you, has received (at least on paper) a large efficiency upgrade by the EPA.

In a statement by Nissan, complete with legal disclaimers aplenty:

Projected MY13 EPA Fuel Economy Estimate 130 city, 102 Highway. Nissan testing results are subject to EPA confirmation. Based on EPA formula of 33.7 kW/hr equal to one gallon of gasoline energy, EPA rated the LEAF equivalent to 130 MPG measured as gasoline fuel efficiency in city driving, and 102 MPG in highway driving. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions - use for comparison only.


As a point of reference, here is how the 2013 LEAF stacks up against the 2012:

2012 LEAF 106/city, 92/highway, for 99 MPG combined

2013 LEAF 130/city, 102/highway, for 116 MPGe combined

The temptation of course is to take that 16% and just gross up the 2012's 73 miles of range to 85 miles, but that is likely not in the cards, as more recent electric vehicles to hit the market like the Fiat 500e and Fit EV (and now the 2013 LEAF) are being tested on the EPA's new 5 cycle test.  We expect something more like 78 or 79 miles.

Still the new efficiencies put in place in the 2013 LEAF have put it close to the top of the class.  Other vehicles rated by the EPA as a comparison

  • 2013 Scion iQ EV 138/105 - 121 MPGe
  • 2013 Honda Fit EV 132/105 -118 MPGe
  • 2013 Fiat 500e 122/108 -116 MPGe
  • 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV  126/99 - 112 MPGe
  • 2013 Smart forTwo ED 122/93 - 107 MPGe
  • 2013 Tesla Model S (60kWh) 94/97 - 95 MPGe
  • 2013 Tesla Model S (85kWh) 88/90 - 89 MPGe
  • 2012 CODA sedan 77/68 - 73 MPGe
  • 2012 Ford Focus Electric 110/99 - 105 MPGe
Naturally, when we saw the MPGe efficiency numbers had been released, we immediately pestered the good people at Nissan for the updated range specs:

"Nothing yet but it has to be soon." - Nissan's Director of Corporate Communications

We will let you know as soon as they become available.

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