116.1 Miles: Nissan Leaf Exceeds Range Estimates in Recent Range Test
With just over a month to go before its expected release date Nissan's all-electric Leaf continues to exceed expectations, this time it is the electric vehicle's driving range.
The highly anticipated Leaf, touted by Nissan (OTC: NSANY.PK) as having no real market competition, has already exceeded production capacity for the 13,000 initial U.S. orders. Now, in a real world range test conducted by Plugin Cars writer Nick Chambers, the Leaf drove 116.1 miles on a single charge, exceeding Nissan's estimate of 100 miles.
With the range-depleting A/C on, Chambers drove 116.1 miles from Nashville, Tennessee to the Jack Daniel's Distillery using 22.76 kW of the Leaf's total 24 kWh battery capacity.
In the EV conversation miles count as global communities scramble to implement charging stations and consumers do quick math to see if the range capacity will serve their needs. So, a 16.1% bump in range is just another shiny spot for Leaf before going live in December.
Read the full article at Auto Blog Green: First Real-World Range Test of 2011 Nissan Leaf Covers 116.1 Miles
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