2018 Nissan Leaf gets WLTP ratings

2018 Nissan Leaf backing up

 

Say goodbye to NEDC…

 

Nissan Austria just released the WLTP range and efficiency figures for the new 2018 Nissan Leaf.

 

We can see the WLTP range and efficiency ratings in the image below.

 

2018 Nissan Leaf specs by Nissan Austria

 

From now on, we should simply ignore the NEDC ratings. For a better understanding of the WLTP figures, I made the table below.

 

Version

Visia and Acenta (16 inch wheels)

N-Connecta and Tekna (17 inch wheels)

WLTP city range

415 km (257 miles)

389 km (242 miles)

WLTP combined range

285 km (177 miles)

270 km (168 miles)

WLTP combined efficiency

19,4 kWh/100 km

20,6 kWh/100 km

 

Notice that WLTP efficiency figures measure plug-to-wheels consumption, this means that the onboard charger efficiency matters. Nonetheless, as the reader Rodrigo Melo noticed, the combined efficiency and range figures don’t add up. Or the combined range figure is wrong, or it’s the efficiency. I think that the error it’s in the range… As we know the expected combined EPA range for the 2018 Nissan Leaf is 150 miles (241 km), and we’ve seen that the EPA and WLTP combined ranges on the Chevrolet Bolt EV are very similar. For this reason the combined WLTP range on the new Nissan Leaf should be around 150 miles (241 km), then the efficiency and range ratings add up.

Anyway, it’s obvious that if you care about range and efficiency, the versions with 16 inch wheels are the ones to choose. Furthermore, when it’s time to replace tires, they’re also cheaper.

It’s a shame that the 16 inch wheels aren’t available in every version.

 

Another interesting thing it’s the official 0-100 km/h time: 7,9 seconds. Keeping it below 8 seconds is nice to lure customers from premium automakers like BMW.

 

Thanks Johannes for the heads up.

 

 

More info:

https://www.infohub.at/carmanager/uploads/pdf/2018-01-09-VM-MK-P3-NEUER_LEAF_Preisliste_08012018.pdf

Pedro Lima

More than natural resources, are wasted human resources that bothers me the most. That’s why I’m a strong advocate of a society based on cooperation, not competition, that helps every individual to reach his full potential so that he can contribute back to society. “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs”.

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8 Responses

  1. Rafael says:

    No entiendo el por que la velocidad punta esta limitada a ¡¡¡¡¡144km/h!!!!! Eso no es propio en un coche de 150cv, no es algo para preocuparse pero en un adelantamiento de emergencia a alta velocidad esta claro que el coche te dejara tirado en este aspecto. Otro dato que me extraña es el par anunciado yo creia que el par era el mismo en toda la banda de rpm del motor electrico pero es hasta los 3283 rpm y hasta las 9795 en cuanto se queda el par?. Me extraña que no den la cifra cuando deberian hacerlo.

  2. Tanel says:

    That is interesting, thank you for posting. One funny thing I have noticed is how much the 0-100 km/h time is very different on each site. I think I have seen “official” numbers ranging from 7.2-8.6 sec.
    For example the Czech Nissan homepage says 8.6: https://www.nissan-cdn.net/content/dam/Nissan/cz/brochures/Pricelists/NEW_LEAF_CZ.pdf
    While the Estonian and Finnish Nissan homepages do not give a number and say “Waiting for homologation”. So is this 7.9 the homologated number? 🙂 Not that it would be so important of course…

    The mistake here seems to be indeed in the driving range of WLTP. But the most interesting number here I think is the efficiency. 1.2 kWh/100km difference for 1 inch wheel difference is quite a lot. I am most interested in the N-Connecta and Tekna trims and I am planning to ask my local Nissan dealer if they can replace the 17″ wheels with 16″ before buying.

    • Pedro Lima says:

      Yes, it’s strange that Nissan gives a lot of different figures depending on the country.

      The 0-100 km/h figure is also influenced by the wheel size.

      “Car and Driver ran an interesting test a few years ago to show just how much difference wheel sizes can make to acceleration using a VW Golf. The car was tested with varying wheel sizes, with the 0-60mph times ranging from 7.6 seconds for the smallest wheel size (15-inch) and 7.9 seconds for the 19-inch option. That lag in time was emphasised with the 0-100mph times as well, with the large-wheeled car taking over a second longer than the 15-inch variant.”

      https://www.carthrottle.com/post/how-does-wheel-size-affect-performance/

  3. carlosbcn says:

    The max speed is similar to other EV with same power; bmw i3 is 150km/h , chevy bolt is 145km/h.So in this aspect is Ok. In Spain the no legal max speed is 120km/h so for me 144km/h is more than enough.

  4. Kel says:

    This also explains why Japanese numbers are so high – the national average driving speed is 80km/h (100km/h on interstates, but 40km/h or 80km/h in towns, cities and non-interstate roads, which is most of them). Basically, the ranges per country depends greatly on the national speed limits and the ratio of highway to local driving.

  5. Alnair says:

    Regarding the combined efficiency vs combined range they didn’t sum up because charging efficiency.
    We know the car has a 40 KWh battery. With a range of 285 km this means an battery to wheel efficiency of 14 KWh / 100 km. The rest up to 19,4 KWh/ 100 km must be charging inefficiency that is a 73% of efficiency. I guess the charge the car at a very low power.

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