There’s been a flurry of EV news this month, with cars like the Chevy Spark EV, Honda Fit EV, Fiat 500e, and Smart Electric Drive all getting Autobytel’s attention in recent weeks for their gaudy EPA performances. Next up? The 2013 Nissan LEAF. Although the EPA has yet to post its official numbers for the vehicle, Nissan’s retail website is indicating efficiency grades of 130 MPGe city and 102 MPGe highway; using the EPA’s formula for deriving combined efficiency ratings—which assumes drivers spend 55 percent of their time in city travel and 45 percent on the highway—the 2013 Nissan LEAF would score 117.4 MPGe in that measure.
And those new ratings for the 2013 Nissan LEAF represent a pretty hefty increase as compared to the 2012 model. Specifically, the upgraded version outperforms last year’s LEAF by 24 MPGe/10 MPGe/18 MPGe (23 percent/11 percent/18 percent). The new model year also brings about a slight increase in range for the LEAF, to 75 miles, as well as available fast-charging alternatives that, obviously, reduce charging times. However, the most important change to the 2013 Nissan LEAF is surely the new entry-level model, since it brings the starting price of the lineup down below $20,000 in some markets. (See: http://www.autobytel.com/nissan/leaf/news/nissan-net-price-of-2013-nissan-leaf-slashed-to-18-800-115033/.)
The 2013 Nissan LEAF is arriving in dealerships now, but there’s also a new way to enjoy the EV experience—at least if you happen to be in New York City.