November 23, 2010 - New Canaan, CT
The EPA has just announced official fuel economy ratings for the Nissan Leaf, the first mass-produced Electric Car. The Leaf will display a fuel economy rating of 99mpg, even though the car uses no 'gasoline' in the true sense of the word. Unlike the Chevy VOLT, which has an onboard gas-powered generator providing unlimited extended range electric driving, the Nissan Leaf is a pure electric vehicle that is limited by the range of its battery. Nissan has been touting the Leaf as having a 100 mile range before needing a recharge. However, in official testing, the EPA has estimated the Leaf's real world range at 73 miles.