With electric cars, one of the concerns folks face with considering how much range they can get on a daily basis out of the battery is how actions like turning on the radio or making use of the AC/heating unit will impact performance. It is important therefore these vehicles be designed to be as energy efficient as possible, and this includes an advanced sound system. Nissan and Bose aim to offer this now to Leaf drivers, unveiling what’s described premium audio experience designed to suck less power out of the EV’s battery pack.
Dubbed the Bose Energy Efficient Series, it makes use of what’s dubbed an energy efficient amplifier that reportedly not only operates on much less power, but also runs cooler than other offerings. The amplifier is noted as also being smaller and lighter because it “doesn’t require as many large metal cooling fins to dissipate heat.”
In working with the energy efficiency needs of the Leaf, the system’s speakers are smaller and lighter so they are more power efficient and, along with the amplifier, are said to offer a sound experience comparable to that of a more regular, less efficient system.
Specific gear inside the Bose Energy Efficient Series includes a 4.5-inch Nd Rich bass woofer in a 6.2-liter custom-engineered Acoustic Waveguide bassbox and six lightweight speakers which include two one-inch neodymium tweeters, one in each A-pillar; two 6.5-inch wide-range neodymium speakers, one in each front door and two 5.25-inch wide-range neodymium speakers, one in each rear door.
As far as pricing goes, this offering isn’t cheap. Available on the 2013 SV and SL models set to go on sale this month, it adds over $1,000 to the price tag as part of a “premium package” that also includes a multi-view camera system that presents an all around view through the electric car’s in-dash LCD monitor.
The SV and SL models start at $31,820 and $34,480. These costs can drop by as much as $10,000, depending upon what state you live in and what combination of federal and state tax credits you can get.