Nissan Leaf to Get 25-Mile Range Boost in Cold Weather Due to New Heater Design
March 20, 2012 1:32 PM
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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
-- in recent months, it's rather easy to overlook the
. 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 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
The Detroit News
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RE: Wintertime blues
3/20/2012 10:10:08 PM
Regardless, there have been plenty of cases of Frostbite around that temperature level so it's not just about nasal passages, people aren't going to cover up their nose, ears, and always wear gloves just to eek out a few more miles, unless they're nuts or it's an emergency situation.
It's a bit crazy, yeah let's sacrifice everything for the sake of driving further. Heck, let's just not put heaters in homes either, we can wear more clothing and cuddle together in a small tin foil lined box.
No. I won't. be. cold. I'd build a friggin' wood stove where the passenger seat usually is before I'd dress for even 12C weather just to drive somewhere (though I do keep winter attire in the vehicle in case of a breakdown or other reason to leave the vehicle for any extended length of time).
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