Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved today its fuel-economy label for the 100-percent electric Nissan LEAF and announced that the vehicles was rated as being the "best" in the midsize vehicle class for fuel efficiency but also for the environment.
2011 Nissan LEAF received a best-in-class 99 miles-per-gallon (MPG) equivalent (combined city/highway).
The car was also rated best-in-class for the environment based on emitting zero greenhouse gases or any other traditional tailpipe emissions.
The car received an mpg equivalent of 106 city, 92 highway and obtained a combined 99 mpg. The numbers were obtained using EPA's formula of 33.7kW-hrs being equivalent to one gallon gasoline energy.
In addition, the Nissan LEAF can be completely recharged in seven hours on a 240V charge, and has a total range of 73 miles, based on the five-cycle tests using varying driving conditions and climate controls.
If you are interested to buy one, you will have to know that the sales of the Nissan Leaf will begin in December in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona and Tennessee. In January 2011, the sales will also begin in Texas and Hawaii, with additional market roll-out continuing later in 2011.
Nissan Americas revealed that it was happy that the label has shown that the Nissan LEAF has continued to be the best-in-class choice, signalling the fact that it is truly a pure electric vehicle that does not use any gas, has no tailpipe, and zero emissions. This was the statement given by Scott Becker, who is the senior vice president for Finance and Administration of Nissan Americas.
The label has allowed customers to have a tool that will aid them in comparing vehicles that use alternative fuel to ones that use traditional internal combustion engine resulting in an informed purchase decision, Becker added. The Nissan LEAF was sold starting December in the states of the Arizona, California, Oregon, Tennessee, and Washington.
By 2011, sales started in Hawaii and Texas with an expected roll-out to additional markets in the later part of 2011. The company's operations in North America included automotive styling, engineering, corporate and consumer financing, manufacturing, sales and marketing, and distribution.