Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf

 

Nissan Leaf (30 kWh battery) EPA range and efficiency

Range

Efficiency

Combined

City

Highway

Combined

City

Highway

172 km

191 km

155 km

18,7 kWh/100 km

16,89 kWh/100 km

20,73 kWh/100 km

 

Currently the Nissan Leaf is sold with 24 kWh and 30 kWh batteries made by AESC. The 24 kWh batteries made with LMO (weak chemistry) cells are about to be discontinued, make sure to choose the 30 kWh battery that is made with NMC (great chemistry) cells.

Not only the 30 kWh batteries have a longer lifespan and corresponding longer warranty, they also give the Leaf more range. It gets 250 km range in the unrealistic NEDC and 107 miles (172 km) range in the more reliable EPA rate.

 

The Nissan Leaf is a very popular electric car, if Nissan did opted for a more conventional design it would have sold even more cars.

The Leaf is an extremely reliable electric car, but it does have a weak spot. Its battery is very sensible to high temperatures, specially the 24 kWh flavor.

In the battery field Nissan did almost everything wrong. It chose the weakest chemistry (LMO), didn’t add a TMS (Thermal Management System) to keep the cells cool and even worse, some of its cells are put on top of each other, this makes the passive cooling more difficult. The NMC chemistry of the 30 kWh battery is more heat tolerant, but we’ll still have to wait to see the real world’s results in hot places like Arizona or the Portuguese Alentejo.

Yet Nissan have a big advantage, you know how much a battery replacement costs and it’s not crazy expensive. Unlike Mitsubishi with its i-MiEV for example…

The Nissan Leaf also has a peppy 80 kW motor that makes it hard to beat in city traffic.

In the following months this EV is getting a facelift and more battery capacity. The upcoming 40-45 kWh battery and some aesthetic/aerodynamic teaks will be enough for a real world range between 200 and 250 km on one charge.

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