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EPA pegs 2018 Nissan Leaf range at 151 miles

by Ben Hsu

The official mpg equivalent is 112.

The results are in. The base model 2018 Nissan Leaf has a range of 151 miles, according to the EPA.

That figure rings in at one mile over Nissan's own claims for its all-new EV equipped with the 40 kWh battery pack. Nissan has plans, however, to release a 64 kWh version, which is expected to proved 225 miles of driving on a single charge.

Independent testing by the EPA showed a combined MPGe of 112, meaning it's the equivalent of getting 112 mpg on a gasoline engine. For comparison purposes, it has calculated that one gallon of gasoline is equal to 33.7 kWh. To further break down the numbers, EPA determined that the Leaf got 125 MPGe in city driving, while achieving 100 MPGe on the highway. For the combined figure, the test presumes 55 percent of driving will be conducted in city conditions.

The 60 kWh version, called the Leaf E-Plus, will also feature a more powerful 215-horsepower motor, giving acceleration a boost and cutting 0-60 mpg time down to an estimated 6.5 seconds.

That would bring the Leaf up to par with cars like the Chevy Bolt (238 miles of range) and Tesla Model 3 (220 miles). The Leaf E-Plus is expected to begin production in 2019.

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