The 2013 Nissan Leaf was rated at 130 mpg in the city, 102 on the highway and a 75 mile range.
If the 2012 Nissan Leaf got 99 mpg combined, 106 in the city and 92 on the highway with a 72-mile range, the 2013 model got 130 mpg in the city, 102 on the highway and a 75 mile range. This happens because the EPA has a new testing methodology it uses for plug-in cars, and according to Travis Parman, director of corporate communications for Nissan of the Americas, “this new EPA testing methodology means this is not an apples-to-apples comparison.”
The 2013 Nissan Leaf offers two charging modes. The first one is the default ‘100% Long Distance Mode’ which maximizes range, and the second one is the ‘80% Long Life Mode’ which is aimed at optimizing long-term battery health. The new EPA test, used for the first time on the 2012 Leaf, mixes these two modes. The old EPA test used only the 100% charging mode, and according to Parman, the new model would have got a result of 84 miles if this old rating was used.
Earlier this month Nissan Leaf reached a new milestone with 50,000 units sold worldwide. According to the Japanese based automaker, the Nissan Leaf is the most popular electric car in the world, and now figures are backing up this statement.