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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 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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