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2013 Nissan Leaf to see up to a 25-mile range boost in cold weather

Since the Chevrolet Volt has been getting the bulk of the attention -- and criticism -- in recent months, it's rather easy to overlook the Nissan Leaf. The Leaf, unlike the Volt, is a pure electric vehicle and doesn't have a gasoline engine/generator to fall back on once its battery pack is depleted.
The Leaf currently has an EPA rating of 99 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) and an EPA driving range of 73 miles, although Nissan still says that the Leaf can travel up to 100 miles depending on the driving conditions. The company is now reporting that the observed range of the 2013 Leaf will increase in at least one environmental condition that traditionally saps power from electric vehicles: cold weather.

Nissan Leaf
Nissan says that 2013 model year Leafs will have a more efficient heating system that will reduce energy consumption. As a result, drivers will see cold-weather driving range increase by 20 to 25 miles according to The Detroit News.  Mark Perry, Nissans' director of product and advanced planning, says that it's currently unclear if the EPA ratings for the Leaf will change as a result, but the mileage boost drivers would see will be there nonetheless.
Nissan sold 9,674 Leafs for all of 2011 compared to just 7,671 for the Chevrolet Volt. However, Toyota recently kicked sand in both GM and Nissan's face. Toyota reported that it sold more of its fresh Prius C hybrids (1,201 units) in three days than the number of Volts or Leafs sold for the entire month of February.
The Nissan Leaf will face some more “pure electric” competition this fall from the Ford Focus Electric.

Sources: The Detroit News, Toyota

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Heat? We don't need no stinking heat!
By kjboughton on 3/20/2012 2:24:27 PM , Rating: -1
If you're an eco-nut and you think it's right and proper to force others to live under the same austere conditions that you so choose to impose upon yourself, then it's only fair that I do the same to you.

That being said, I never use the heater in my truck, ergo, you should never use yours (same never drive a truck, so I shouldn't drive one either).

And as an added bonus, I can claim that my intention is to provide for a more "green" environment. In fact, it appears that the right way to maximize this vehicle's cold-weather performance is to just remove the heating system all together.

You think energy consumption in general is bad for the environment? Well, obviously the same can be said about any creature comfort which requires energy to be converted, heat included.

I feel especially smug and happy today because I'm helping to reduce global warming.

By ianweck on 3/20/2012 2:53:48 PM , Rating: 2
So sad. You got the first post and this is what you come up with?

By mephit13 on 3/20/2012 3:01:53 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sorry, who is forcing you to buy this? Or drive with the heater off? Or whatever else you're outraged about? I thought this was just information about a company improving one of their products. Do I need to buy one too? I hope I can use the heater, because I get cold in the winter time... now I'm scared. Confused and scared. What if someone finds out that I use the heater in my car, or that I don't want to buy one of these? Now there are wolves after me...

RE: Heat? We don't need no stinking heat!
By Dr of crap on 3/20/12, Rating: -1
RE: Heat? We don't need no stinking heat!
By mephit13 on 3/20/2012 3:11:54 PM , Rating: 2
It's not about heating the battery, it about heating the passenger cabin. On a cold day, you can now be warmer with less cost to the battery.

WHAT article is this guy reading?!

By Dr of crap on 3/21/2012 10:16:23 AM , Rating: 2
OK smart guy.
I drive to work and the BATTERY HEATS the "cabin" while I'm at work, using up battery power. ( remember it's zero outside )

Now I get in at 5 to drive home and it has NOT been plugged in. NO WAY I'm making it home.

Now give me an explaination of why this is even posted as news?

Again these cars are not made for the cold climate areas.
We need heat and lots of it when it gets "real" cold.

By jnemesh on 3/20/2012 4:02:19 PM , Rating: 2
What are these guys smoking!

SCIENCE! Try a hit man, it's informative and fun!

RE: Heat? We don't need no stinking heat!
By wordsworm on 3/20/2012 4:43:46 PM , Rating: 1
What pisses me off is having to pay for the wars required to wage in order to secure enough oil to feed all the hungry gas engines around the world. Folks who rail against electric and tax breaks always forget about the cost of going to war in Iraq to take control over their oil.

RE: Heat? We don't need no stinking heat!
By jimbojimbo on 3/20/2012 5:44:45 PM , Rating: 2
Let's go to war over rare earth metals instead. Except we'll lose that one.

By lennylim on 3/20/2012 6:02:25 PM , Rating: 2
Except we don't need to. We have supplies of raw rare earth metals, it's just cheaper buying them from China up to now.

RE: Heat? We don't need no stinking heat!
By Keeir on 3/20/2012 6:06:26 PM , Rating: 2
You do release that very little rare earth metals have to be used in a Lithium based battery right? Electric Car Motors don't have to use rare earth either...

Maybe you mean Lithium? Which is not a rare earth metal and primarily comes from Chile currently.

RE: Heat? We don't need no stinking heat!
By bobsmith1492 on 3/20/2012 7:47:34 PM , Rating: 2
What alternatives are there to neodymium for high-performance electric motors?

RE: Heat? We don't need no stinking heat!
By Keeir on 3/20/2012 8:44:21 PM , Rating: 2
Tesla Model S AC induction motor

By Keeir on 3/20/2012 11:32:06 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry I was in a hurry

Tesla claims thier AC motors and Battery use little/no rare earth

Rare earth Materials are needed in NiMH batteries (Prius, Civic, etc) and some powerful/compact motors.

Volt for instances uses ~4 lbs of neodymium I believe. (I haven't taken it apart or see a supply sheet, but its a permanent magnet type AC motor)

Now, Neodymium is hardly rare. There are large deposits all over the world.

Currently know reserves of Neodymium exist in the billions of lbs.

Let China play "hardball" with "rare" earth minerals. It will hopefully give all the other nations a kick in the pants to start thier own operations. I know there are a few canadian companies out there just a year or two from market (Like Avalon) on some Rare Earth products.

By topkill on 3/20/2012 11:32:43 PM , Rating: 2
Switch Reluctance Motors (SMR) are also becoming popular because of their power and efficiency potential....and they use no fancy metals of any type. Instead they use steel, aluminium and copper which are all available in good old America.

RE: Heat? We don't need no stinking heat!
By Manch on 3/21/2012 11:18:31 AM , Rating: 1
What pisses me off is folks who rail against oil, and are blindly pushing these electric vehicles as the answer to reduce oil consumption dont realize that a lot of the oil is used by powerplants to create the electricity. about 44% of the power produced in the USA is from oil, and the need would only grow if we went wholesale to these electric vehicles. Then theres the issue of rare earth materials on top of that

And then theres the tried arguement of Iraq War is for oil. Iraq supplies less than 5% of our oil so enough with this BS arguement already.

Also, the reason people rail against these tax breaks is becasue they only help a few people for the amount of money they flush down the drain. This isnt a tax break for nuclear power, its a tax break for a few people that want to "feel godd" about helping the environment. I dont want my taxes to subsidize peoples f#ckin feelings.

By MoFW on 3/22/2012 5:32:50 AM , Rating: 2
Sources of U.S. Electricity Generation 2011:
Coal 42%
Natural Gas 25%
Nuclear 19%
Renewable 13%
Petroleum <1%

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration:

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