2018 Nissan Leaf Gets 151 Miles And 112 MPGe EPA Ratings

Courtesy: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Nissan
Courtesy: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Nissan /

The 2018 Nissan Leaf is no ordinary EV with the usual typical range figures, but boasts an official EPA range rating of 151 miles!

The expected range figures of the highly anticipated Nissan Leaf EV (in its 2018 guise) has had a long run from “140 miles or more” to “150 miles or more” ever since its global unveil last fall. However, until recently, the company had not released an official word regarding those figures. Things have definitely taken a turn now, obviously for the good, with the EPA combined range rating for the second-generation Leaf officially declared to be 151 miles.

The car in its latest iteration, hosts a new 40 kWh battery pack under its skin, which reportedly is the reason for the hike in range. It definitely is a matter of pride for Nissan that the EPA range cycle, in an environment comprising both highway and city driving conditions, actually made a final halt at 151 miles – clearly a mile more than the expected figure of 150 miles.

Even with that being said, there hasn’t been any improvements in the efficiency. The new car also flaunts the same 112 MPGe efficiency figures as the Leaf with the 30 kWh battery pack that had been introduced back in 2016. For those who are still new to the term “MPGe”, it’s the acronym for “Miles Per Gallon Equivalent”,  the distance that an EV can travel electrically on the amount of energy contained in 1 gallon of gasoline. Just in case you are more curious about the new leaf’s efficiency figures, its still a healthy 100 MPGe on highways and an impressive 125 MPGe in cities.

Being offered in three trims, viz-  S (base), SV (mid), and  the fully loaded SL, the new leaf would be the first Nissan to flash Pro Pilot Assist,a technology that integrates active lane-keeping to the adaptive cruise control system. Equipment like a 5.0-inch touchscreen, a single USB charging port, Bluetooth connectivity and 16-inch steel wheel covers come standard on the car. Other goodies like an adaptive cruise control and a 7.0-inch display come loaded in the SV trim. The SL trim stands out from the rest with its leather seats, a surround-view camera system, and a cargo cover.

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A tech package hosting LED headlamps and a multitude of active safety features is available for an extra sum. Also being offered is an all-weather package for the SV and SL trims that adds heated seats and steering wheel, and a heat pump for better energy efficiency to the array of equipment on board. The top two trims also get a charging package that includes a CHAdeMO quick-charging port and a 120/240-volt charging cord, something that is optional on the base trim.

The Electrek observes,

"“We think that Nissan became complacent with the Leaf over the years. They took a long time to redesign the vehicle and now it feels like they are only catching up in terms of specs, instead of leading the way. “"

The production of this awesome machine had started in Tennessee last month and the orders were opened officially earlier this month. With the car having amassed as much as 13,000 bookings so far and the vehicles scheduled to soon hit the dealers in the U.S., the new Leaf currently bears a price tag of $30,000 in the U.S. (before incentives).

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