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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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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.

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