The EPA has come out with its official fuel efficiency ratings for the Nissan LEAF and the battery range rating falls short of Nissan's 100-mile claim at 73 miles.
While the car is designed for a 100-mile range, under real-world driving condition tests, the EPA found it came up short. Nissan has been forthcoming with the fact that range would vary depending on driving conditions. The automaker said that in the scenario of sitting in traffic with the heat or A/C blasting, the car will only get about 62 miles per charge (you can check out other scenarios described by Nissan here).
So while the range rating is likely a disappointment for Nissan, the good news is that the EPA gave a gasoline-equivalent rating of 99 mpg city and 106 mpg highway, making the LEAF the best in its class for efficiency (double the Prius's 50 mpg rating). The EPA formula assumes that 33.7 kWh is equal to one gallon of gasoline.
via MIT Tech Review
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