It’s official. The Environmental Protection Agency has released the final ratings for the 2013 Nissan Leaf.
Overall efficiency is rated at 115 MPGe, based on 102MPGe on the highway and 128 MPGe in the city. That’s up 16 MPGe from the 2012 Nissan Leaf efficiency rating of 99 MPGe. MPGe is a measure of the distance an electric vehicle can travel on the same amount of energy contained in 1 gallon of gasoline.
The 2013 Nissan Leaf received a range rating of 75 miles, which is only 2 miles up from the 2012 Nissan Leaf. However, and a big however, is that when the 2011-2012 Leaf was tested, it was based on the distance traveled on a 100 percent charge. New testing takes an average of the distance the 2012 Leaf traveled on a 100 percent charge (84 miles) and an 80 percent charge (66 miles). So really, 100% charged range is up from 73 miles to 84 miles, a substantial increase.
The EPA website also lists passenger volume at 92 cubic feet (up from 90 cubic feet) and cargo space at 24 cubic feet (up from 23 cubic feet) partly because of the relocation of the onboard charger from the trunk area to up front underneath the hood.
Charge time is rated at 7 hours, but with the optional 6.6kWh charger, recharging can be done in less than 4 hours.
The 2013 Nissan Leaf has been selected as a 2013 Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).