your Nissan LEAF™ is built to go 160 km (100 miles) on a single charge.
how far you’ll go will depend on a number of variables.
depending on the conditions, when your battery is new your range may vary anywhere from 222 – 99 km (138 - 62 miles). range is most affected by:
Climate control – the more extreme the temperature is outside, the more energy used to heat or cool the cabin.
Speed - higher speeds require much more energy to overcome air resistance.
Driving style - smooth acceleration and deceleration will extend range while aggressive acceleration and deceleration will decrease range.
Cargo and topography - heavy cargo and driving up steep long inclines will reduce range.
there are an infinite number of range scenarios2, based on many variables. here are just a few, starting with the EPA LA4 test cycle:
EPA LA4 test cycle: 160km (100 miles)The Nissan LEAF has been tested under the EPA Urban Dynamometer Driving Schedule, a laboratory test commonly called the LA4 test cycle, which represents city driving conditions. Top speed is 91km/h (56.7 mph) and average speed is 30km/h (19.59 mph). Ambient temperature can vary from 20 – 30 degrees celsius (68 - 86 degrees Fahrenheit). Climate control is off. The Nissan LEAF easily achieved 160km (100 miles).
Ideal driving conditions: 222km (138 miles)
Speed: Constant 61km/h (38 mph)
Temperature: 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit)
Climate control: OffDriving on a flat road at a constant 61km/h (38 mph) means less air resistance, and therefore less energy use. And at 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit), there's no need for climate control, extending the range even further. The result: a range boost up to 222km (138 miles).
Suburban driving on a nice day: 168km (105 miles)
Speed: Average 38km/h (24 mph)
Temperature: 22 degrees Celsius (72 degrees fahrenheit)
Climate control: OffThe average speed in this scenario is 38 km/h (24 mph); common when commuting and running errands. The ambient temperature is 22 degrees Celsius (72 degrees Fahrenheit) and the climate control is off. Not using the air conditioner and driving at slower speeds mean less energy use and a little extra range.
Highway driving in the summer: 112km (70 miles)
Speed: Average 88km/h (55 mph)
Temperature: 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit)
Climate control: OnAveraging 88 km/h (55 mph) on the highway, in 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) weather, with the air conditioning on high may produce range figures like this. Higher speeds require more energy to overcome air resistance. Running the air conditioner means energy that could be used to increase range instead goes to cooling the car.
Cross-town commute on a hot day: 109km (68 miles)
Speed: Average 78km/h (49 mph)
Temperature: 43 degrees Celsius (110 degrees Fahrenheit)
Climate control: OnDriving from a rural area into the city at an average 78km/h (49 mph) with the a/c on high may produce this range. Under these conditions, climate control combined with higher-speed driving produces increased energy consumption, hence the effect on range.
Winter, urban stop-and-go, traffic jam: 99km (62 miles)
Speed: Average 24km (15 mph)
Temperature: -10 degrees Celsius (14 degrees Fahrenheit)
Climate control: OnThough the average speed is only 24km/h (15 mph) with stop-and-go traffic, the -10 degrees Celsius (14 degrees Fahrenheit) temperature means the heater is doing a lot of work so you spend considerable time and energy heating your car rather than moving forward. Despite these conditions, it would still take more than 4 hours to run out of charge!
1 160 km (100 miles) based upon EPA LA4 city cycle conducted in laboratory tests. See http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/fe_test_schedules.shtml. Based upon EPA five-cycle tests using varying driving conditions and climate controls, the EPA has rated the Nissan LEAF a driving range of 73 miles. Battery capacity decreases with time and use. Actual range will vary depending upon driving/charging habits, speed, conditions, weather, temperature, and battery age. Actual range will vary depending upon driving/charging habits, speed, conditions, weather, temperature, and battery age.
2 All above scenarios based on new battery life. Estimated range based upon specific variables studied through computer simulations.