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Nissan
has got your "range extender" right here. The Japanese automaker says its UK-produced all-electric 2013 Leaf will have a single-charge range of 124 miles, or about 14 percent more than the Japan-produced 2012 Leafs that had a 109-mile single-charge range.

Better still, Nissan's again cutting the price of the entry-level Euro-Leaf to about 2,000 euros ($2,620) less than the mid-priced Leaf, the publication says, citing a person at Nissan familiar with the process. Nissan last month said it would reduce the Leaf price in the UK by almost $4,000 to about $37,000.

Despite the price drop, the 2013 Euro Leaf gets better range because of a variety of optimizations – or optimisations, depending – to the motor, aerodynamics (a new grille and wheel design, for example) and "weight, brake regeneration and energy use." The new Leaf has a better coefficient of drag, by 0.01, compared to the 2012 model, which Nissan calls, "a small but useful improvement." The improved regenerative brakes can now recover a higher percentage of energy (94 percent compared to 88 percent before) and now also works all the way down to three kilometers an hour. Larger trunk space, a better ride and the option of a faster charger are also among improvements for this year's Leaf in Europe. The 2013 Leaf was also improved in Japan and the US.

Last year, the Leaf missed its European sales target of 9,000 units by about 3,800 cars. Earlier this month, Nissan said its global Leaf sales surpassed the 50,000-unit threshold, including about 7,000 Leafs in Europe and almost 20,000 in the US.


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      Levine Levine
      • 2 Years Ago
      Reducing Cd by .01 is meaningless. It probably is within the range of erroneous measuring tolerance. Nissan is selling us the nonsense and everything else to boaster the claim of improved range of the Leaf. Everything except giving the new Leaf a bigger capacity battery. What a crock of Nissan crap!
        chanonissan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Levine Levine
        usa measure 3.78 gallons europe is 4.5 gallons, different measurements.
          chanonissan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @chanonissan
          for example 1.6 turbo juke highway is 31 for the EPA the juke for Uk is 37. 31*3.78/4.5 = 37mpg You can check it out for yourself to confirm.
          chanonissan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @chanonissan
          if you calculate the range of the europe and epa is the same so mpg does matter.
          lne937s
          • 2 Years Ago
          @chanonissan
          MPGe isn't mentioned here, so the size of a gallon makes no difference. The difference in range is the testing procedure and that fewer adjustments are made in Europe on those tests to reduce the stated range vs. what the EPA uses.
          chanonissan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @chanonissan
          the leaf MPGe is converted to mpg compare to an ICE, yes it is electric but it calculated comparing to an ICE
          Actionable Mango
          • 2 Years Ago
          @chanonissan
          Gallons of what? Electrons? This is the Leaf we're talking about.
          chanonissan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @chanonissan
          oh sorry the point is, the uk range is going to be larger than the usa driving range, based on the measurements. And further more the new NEDC cycle is closer to EPA now, as I show you above with the juke.
      Jimmy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great. Every six months or so they should offer improvements, updates and price reductions. Keep it fresh and exciting.
      Ziv
      • 2 Years Ago
      The regenerative brakes improved from recovering 88% of the power to 94%? Wow! I had thought that regenerative braking was well designed if it got back half the energy it took to get the car up to speed. If that is true, it is pretty impressive. Still think the Japanese and Euro efficiency tests are way too forgiving, but it is good to see Nissan getting better range any way you look at it.
        GoodCheer
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ziv
        We don't know what that 94% is. Is the numerator energy that can be recovered from the battery, energy into the battery, or energy out from the PEU? Is the denominator energy used to accelerate (no), change in kinetic energy of deceleration (no again), energy into the PEU, or energy out of the PEU? Honestly getting 94% just through the PEU would be impressive (out as DC / in as AC), and getting 94% of what comes out of the PEU stored as chemical energy in battery would be about average. I can tell you it's definitely NOT energy into the battery / energy used for acceleration.
          GoodCheer
          • 2 Years Ago
          @GoodCheer
          My guess is that it is (DC electricity out of the PEU) / (mechanical work into the electric motor). The reasons for that guess are i) those would be two pretty easy and unambiguous points to measure, and ii) 94% across those two points would be a very, very good number, but one that a big company with lots of resources dedicated to EV development might just be able to achieve.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ziv
        Yeah Ziv, there's some fudge in this report. The press release writers don't understand electric cars There's no way any car company would design a car to do 94% of it's braking on the front. They'd have comically tiny brakes in the rear if so, and basically forget using ABS in a situation like that, and you'd have all sorts of traction problems when braking. It's possible that they are talking about higher electric motor - controller efficiency.
      chanonissan
      • 2 Years Ago
      According to green car report the leaf does quite well in europe, without any drop in range. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1082571_2011-nissan-leaf-at-two-years-32000-miles-no-signs-of-age
        chanonissan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @chanonissan
        TMS may help, but what about when the car is not in operation? If you realize there is not much nissan can do if these car a park in hot climate, these battery will still suffer, unless they are going to have a cooling fan running 24/7. Li+ batteries last longer[101] if not deeply discharge (depleted) before recharging. The smaller the depth of discharge, the longer the battery will last.[citation needed][102] Batteries may last longer if not stored fully discharged. As the battery will self-discharge over time, its voltage will gradually reduce, and when it is depleted below the low-voltage threshold of the protection circuit (2.4 to 2.9 V/cell, depending on chemistry) it will be disabled and cannot be discharged any further until recharged.[101][clarification needed] It is frequently recommended to store batteries at 40% charge level. The rate of degradation of Lithium-ion batteries is strongly temperature-dependent; they degrade much faster if stored or used at higher temperatures. They may be stored in a refrigerator. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithium-ion_battery
        Ziv
        • 2 Years Ago
        @chanonissan
        chano, an article about one Leaf in the UK not having range reduction issues is kind of weak tea when it comes to defending the Leaf and Nissan regarding Leaf range loss in hot climates. Nikki actually notes that she lives in a temperate climate and that that may contribute to the longevity of her Leaf's range. Nissan shot themselves in the foot by building a car with little in the way of a thermal management system. At least lately they have stepped up to the plate and given some support to the Leaf owners that have lost the most bars of range. How much do you want to bet that the next iteration of the Leaf comes with a more robust TMS? And more than 100 miles of real world range? The 2011 Leaf was simply the first step, it is already getting better in several ways, but hot weather range issues are a real problem for the early Leafs.
          chanonissan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ziv
          If you notice I said europe, not the world, and europe does have high temperature during summer, there are more data collected from europe and they are doing fine there.
          chanonissan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ziv
          And I am not sure what nissan is coming with next , they are working on a range extender which uses a battery and a motor and a small engine, the battery power the motor for some distance and the engine then start up and turn a generator that power the motor. The engine does not turn the wheels, the motor does.
      chanonissan
      • 2 Years Ago
      It funny I think they said the range drop should not occur with a toshiba scib battery, but the Mitsubishi's i-MiEV use this battery and it has serious depletion.some worst than the leaf. read the toshiba made mitshu batteries. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithium%E2%80%93titanate_battery but it does prove that heat will destroy these battery no matter what.
      Joeviocoe
      • 2 Years Ago
      Are you calling all Japanese people, immature? That's racist dude :P
      lad
      • 2 Years Ago
      As I watch the evolution of the leaf, I must say it it is proceeding swimmingly if you are a snail. All I see is a low-cost car chassis with an low-range, heavy, expensive, low-energy, battery that is held back from becoming the best-selling car in the U.S. by the necessity to count all the beans. This car is a commuter/city car because it doesn't meet the range needs of a typical U.S. family car. It's the battery, my friend! Improve it and let's get away from the internal combustion engine.
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lad
        If you think it is so easy then you do it.
        Joeviocoe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lad
        Did anybody really expect the first mass market affordable EV to be the "best-selling car in the U.S."??? The Leaf DOES meet the needs of typical drivers. Not for everyone, but the market is still there for millions of Americans. No, the Leaf is not doing as well as the bullish Carlos Ghosn has been exclaiming... but anyone with half a brain called him bullish, because he was promoting more than he could deliver. The Leaf is the story of shooting for the stars, but only hitting the moon. They are selling more pure EVs than any other in history. This is a fundamental shift in our automotive paradigm that won't happen fast.... but it will happen.
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      124 miles? What is there testing regime? Driving the cars at a steady 25 miles per hour?
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spec
        Seriously . . . how do they get 124 miles? They must be driving really slow.
          chanonissan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          I am sorry stray off the subject but what I try to say is it is MILES PER GALLON, the higher the gallon the more miles or range it will have.
          Spec
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          chanonissan . . . are you referring to the difference between a US gallon and an imperial gallon? That often causes problems but I'm asking about the range figure of an electric car . . . gallons has nothing to do with it.
          chanonissan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          different measuringments, usa 3.78 and europe 4.5 gallons.
          chanonissan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          it does , the nissan note for example , diesel is rated at 65 mpg USA EPA cycle, and 78.5 European cycle, the cycle test are different but also because the difference in gallons is also a contributing factor.
          chanonissan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          and if you remember the stated for the nissan leaf USA is 84 mpg on a stricter cycle , europe is a bit more leinent, do a little math 4.5 * 84/3.7 and it will give you that higher figure of 102 mpg. but remember europe is a bit more leinent so it get that higher figure of 124 mpg.
      Thereminator
      • 2 Years Ago
      I see a different random leaf every day in San Diego.Last week I was shopping and one was pulling out of the parking lot while another was pulling in. Two days ago I saw a Fisker in La Jolla with a "For sale" sine on it...kinda sad.
        gslippy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Thereminator
        Here in western Pennsylvania, I haven't seen another Leaf since I got mine 5 months ago!
      Grendal
      • 2 Years Ago
      Aerodynamics are better in Europe? Or do they have less gravity in Europe? Or is it that Europe uses a less strenuous testing procedure so the numbers come out much better. I'm glad to hear about the small improvements though.
        Joeviocoe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Grendal
        the testing procedures should be the same from the 2012 Leaf's European test. So the 15% more is still an improvement. It is not like they tested a 2012 Leaf on a US EPA cycle and then the 2013 Leaf on the EU cycle.
      Joeviocoe
      • 2 Years Ago
      Didn't the U.S. 2013 Leaf have the same improvements..??? but then the EPA decided to mix the test with an 80% charged battery.... which negated the improvements.?
        DaveMart
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Joeviocoe
        Indeed. There is a ~15% improvement on the 2012 Leaf, in Japan, in Europe, and in the US. What that translates to in range varies by the testing cycle used, and as you say in the US they changed the base for testing. In my view the new test base is more realistic, as Nissan tell us that if you want your battery to last, it really should not be fully charged most of the time, but that aside like for like there is a ~15% improvement.
          Joeviocoe
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          I agree that the Nissan Leaf should have an 80% charge range posted. But that is because Nissan has specific mention that normal battery degradation is based on mostly 80% charging. And they have a warranty that is vague about all that. But that should not punish other EV Automakers! Other automakers who manage the battery pack bettery, or who use more robust chemistry, and can stand by the battery warranty even if charged to 100%... should not be subject to the EPA's pessimistic estimations which are based solely on one particular EV's performance record.
          Joeviocoe
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          I really would not mind to see a dual number for pure EVs. An 80% charge, in the city.. and a 100% charge on the highway. The normal city/highway EPA rating took some getting used to... but buyers have become used to them. And in their mind.. when they see TWO NUMBERS, they know where their driving habits fall within that RANGE. When you give ONE NUMBER, the psychology of a person wants to feel disappointed when they do not achieve it. But if there is a wide enough range, their brains will hope for the best but prepare for the worst... and their disappointments are manageable.
          DaveMart
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          That is what I am hoping. Save perhaps for the iMiEV I can't think of any other BEV which is likely to degrade so fast when fully charged. The sins of the Leaf should not be visited on the rest.
      TIMMAH!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dear Nissan, would you just take the drivetrain and put it into a downsized 370Z body please?!? I don't want to drive around in the Versa!
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TIMMAH!
        Yeah, they really do need to offer some variety in body styles. I think the Leaf is OK but variety to choose from would be nice.
        Tysto
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TIMMAH!
        Yeah, the Leaf looks like an 8-year-old's idea of what a car looks like.
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