Hybrids may lead the Environmental Protection Agency’s recently issued mileage ratings, but it’s an electric car that looks to top them all. The Nissan Leaf got its EPA mileage rating label yesterday, and it looks to come in at 99 miles per gallon.
Now, to be correct, this isn’t measured in exact terms to how gas using vehicles get around, since the Leaf is all electric. It is rather measured in what is called an equivalency rating, which is something the EPA has been trying to figure out how to do since August. Nissan, in noting the rating given to the Leaf by the EPA, said its car had been rated as a “best-in-class 99 miles-per-gallon (MPG) equivalent (combined city/highway).”
It is said the EPA, after completion of five-cycle testing, rated the Leaf “with an MPG equivalent of 106 city, 92 highway for a combined 99 MPGe. This calculation is based on the EPA’s formula of 33.7kW-hrs being equivalent to one gallon gasoline energy. In addition, the label displays a charging time of seven hours on a 240V charge and a driving range of 73 miles, based on the five-cycle tests using varying driving conditions and climate controls.”
The MPG equivalency rating was developed by the EPA as a way to provide a standard so consumers can compare vehicles across the spectrum and make an educated purchase. This looks to have been the last major hurdle Nissan needed to get over prior to its planned December roll out of the electric vehicle in select markets.
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