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Nissan Leaf – Range Calculator

This article delineates the equations needed to calculate the range of the 2012 Nissan LEAF. The
ranges for two example drives of the Nissan LEAF from the author’s home in Blacksburg VA
are given and the results agree well with the actual drives.
Parameters Needed

The LEAF gives a warning at 8 miles to empty according to its calculation based on the recent
driving style. At~ 3.5 miles/kWh, 8 miles corresponds to ~3 kWh, or ~15% of the 21 kWh
availablme battery energy. So, to stay above the 8-miles warning, the amount left in the battery
should be >15%. The author plans to have at least 20% left at the finish of trips, to have
considerable leeway for unexpected route changes.


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