• Aug 11th 2009 at 1:29PM
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Not content to let General Motors grab all the shiny happy tree-huggy headlines today with its 230 mpg claim for the Chevy Volt in city operation, the gang manning the NissanEVs Twitter account needled GM's range-extended EV messiah, tweeting:

Nissan Leaf = 367 mpg, no tailpipe, and no gas required. Oh yeah, and it'll be affordable too!

Given that the methodology of how the feds will ultimately arrive at the official mileage numbers (or mileage equivalents) for many of these next-gen greenmobiles is not yet finalized, we'll take all the hype and scoreboard pointing with a grain of salt until we see actual, final numbers posted at FuelEconomy.gov. (Nissan says its 367 mpg figure was derived by using the Department of Energy formula.)

In any case, a Twitter spitball fight between GMBlogs and NissanEVs over this stuff would be kind of entertaining to watch. Sorta like the nerdy opposite of the ZR1 vs. GT-R debate.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey KEVIN, these electric cars are intended for 50 miles or less a day. not intended for long distances as a battery charge will take about a nights worth. 10 hours max.
      so, leaf vs volt.
      japan wins again, as the detroit idiots try to come up with weaker technology and don't know chit about marketing and economics.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Batteries Batteries Batteries...when they wear out in approx 3 years....won'y you just love spending $3,000 to replace them in the Prius, volt or nissan....which of course reduces your mpg to the equivalent of 7 miles per gallon....Of course you can imagine the smoke filled air from the midwests coal-fired power plants as they shovel coal into their equipment as 100,000 people plug in their cars at night and your lights dim...!!!
      D L BEAN
      • 6 Years Ago
      just another peice of jap s___ that we will have to dispose of here they are waiting to 2012 because they have to copy something to make it work thank the people that gave us Perl Harbor and buy their crap.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The key to the problem: Better Place. Reading about them is a must if you are commenting on this post. They have the most comprehensive solution for electric car range, as well as a multi-pronged approach to facilitate mass use of electric cars.

      Their main innovation is a "batter swap station", which is much like a gas station, except you drive your car onto a conveyor belt and a machine switches the used battery from the bottom of your car for a new one. They have already entered an agreement with Renault/Nissan, and are planning on implementing the first systems in Israel, Denmark, and Hawaii (Small, dense, urban populations) by 2011 with sales by 2012. Other places (Australia, Ontario, Oregon, California) to follow.

      Since Renault has already committed to spend $600 million on developing an electric vehicle, and the Leaf EV looks a lot like the Megane that Renault's been working on, I hope this car is compatible with the Better Place plan. Then it would have unlimited range in the same way a gas car has unlimited range.
      • 6 Years Ago
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      • 6 Years Ago
      How does a car without gasoline have a rating designed to show how much gasoline it uses?
      • 6 Years Ago
      The mileage difference is trivial, and subject to debate and real world driving. The Volt is hands down the better looking car!
      Jason Skrew
      • 6 Years Ago
      The only problem with the Nissan like ALL Nissan's is they are UGLY! Who would be caught dead driving a car that looks like the Leaf and I'm sure people are going to be bragging how they drive a "LEAF". Nissan has no room to make fun of the Volt. At least the name of GM's car tells you exactly what it is. The leaf may get 137 miles more per battery but it's not worth getting hysterically laughed at when you pull into a parking lot driving a Nissan Leaf! Sorry gang....this time GM got it right and will be kicking your butts on this one and it doesn't matter if your "Leaf" blower is cheap. It should be because it's cheap looking! I haven't driven an American car in 23 years but I am very interested in the GM "Volt".
      • 6 Years Ago
      This will be epic. let the Hippy wars begin!
        • 6 Years Ago
        +2 lol grabbing the popcorn
      • 6 Years Ago
      hey kevin you dont run your gas car untill in runs out do you?the ev,s have a battery gauage.most poeple drive on average 44 miles a day well within the range of those evs.and charge times will get shorter as these cars improve.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Tesla's cars will put them both to shame.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, you can have all the electric cars you want, the fact is that the U.S. is still not being allowed (by the Gov't and the tree huggers) to effectivly produce electricity. We still burn fuel to make electricity (except for one percent solar and wind and a small percentage nuclear) , so its all relative isnt it??? We need more nuclear power!!! Hell, even the French use nuclear power, and we aren't (to the extent that they are allowed to)!!!

      When will these Cap-and-Trade yuckapucks join the rest of us in reality and let us stop fighting with our arms tied behind our backs, the rest of the world isnt!! India and China are becoming more economically and industrially powerfull because they don't have to play by our rules!! Wake up America!!
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