The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has rated the 2013 U.S.-spec Nissan Leaf with a 75-mile range.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has rated the 2013 U.S.-spec Nissan Leaf with a 75-mile range.

The old 2012MY was rated at 106 MPGe city / 92 MPGe highway / 99 MPGe combined and with a 73-mile (117.4 km) range, while the new model can do 130 city / 102 highway / 116 combined with a 75-mile range (120.7 km). The difference between the figures has to do with EPA's new (confusing) testing methodology for plug-in vehicles, among other reasons.

The 2013 Nissan Leaf features a "100-percent Long Distance Mode" which optimizes range and an optional "80-percent Long Life Mode" which will increase battery's lifespan. EPA's test blended these two modes when testing the 2013MY Leaf. Up until now, the range estimates were based on 100-percent charges, hence the difference in MPGe figures between 2012MY and 2013MY.

Travis Parman who is director of corporate communications for Nissan of the Americas said if EPA used the old test on the 2013 model year, the Leaf's range would have been rated at 84 miles (135 km). The difference between the two ranges is related to 2013 Leaf's tweaks in terms of regenerative braking system, enhanced aerodynamics and a lower curb weight.

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