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2014 Nissan Leaf Electric Car: 84-Mile Range, RearView Monitor Standard

The 2014 Nissan Leaf is now rolling off the assembly lines in Tennessee, and the first examples should arrive at dealerships this week or next.

Now, after a long wait, we have information on the updates to the electric car for the new model year.

Rated range rises to 84 miles

Most importantly to new buyers, the range of the 2014 Leaf is now listed as 84 miles, up from last year’s 76 miles

That number seems like a significant improvement, but in fact the only change made to the car is the elimination of a software option that let owners set battery charging to stop at 80 percent.

In other words, the 2014 car has exactly the same battery, drivetrain, and real-world range as the 2013–only its EPA range rating has changed.

Changing the rating math

Nissan made the change because last year, under EPA rules, the ability to charge only to 80 percent (which may help lengthen battery life) required the company to blend of the ranges achieved under 80-percent and 100-percent charging.

That meant the range of last year’s Leaf was rated at 75 miles–barely higher than the 73 miles of previous model years, despite a number of electronic and mechanical improvements to 2013 cars that Nissan said significantly improved real-world range.

This year’s range rating of 84 miles thus reflects the range the company feels owners in temperate climates are likely to achieve.

The 2014 Leaf’s combined MPGe efficiency rating is114 MPGe, down incrementally from last year’s 115 MPGe. The unit, standing for Miles Per Gallon Equivalent, measures the distance a car can travel electrically on the amount of energy contained in 1 gallon of gasoline.
The 2014 Nissan Leaf is now rolling off the assembly lines in Tennessee, and the first examples should arrive at dealerships this week or next.

Now, after a long wait, we have information on the updates to the electric car for the new model year.

Rated range rises to 84 miles

Most importantly to new buyers, the range of the 2014 Leaf is now listed as 84 miles, up from last year’s 76 miles

That number seems like a significant improvement, but in fact the only change made to the car is the elimination of a software option that let owners set battery charging to stop at 80 percent.

In other words, the 2014 car has exactly the same battery, drivetrain, and real-world range as the 2013–only its EPA range rating has changed.

Changing the rating math

Nissan made the change because last year, under EPA rules, the ability to charge only to 80 percent (which may help lengthen battery life) required the company to blend of the ranges achieved under 80-percent and 100-percent charging.

That meant the range of last year’s Leaf was rated at 75 miles–barely higher than the 73 miles of previous model years, despite a number of electronic and mechanical improvements to 2013 cars that Nissan said significantly improved real-world range.

This year’s range rating of 84 miles thus reflects the range the company feels owners in temperate climates are likely to achieve.

The 2014 Leaf’s combined MPGe efficiency rating is114 MPGe, down incrementally from last year’s 115 MPGe. The unit, standing for Miles Per Gallon Equivalent, measures the distance a car can travel electrically on the amount of energy contained in 1 gallon of gasoline.
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