The new battery powered car ‘Leaf’ by Nissan is scheduled to go on sale in five states over next month. On Monday, Nissan said that the car has fuel equivalent of 99 miles per gallon. However, in a test conducted by The Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A), the car runs 73 miles on fully charged battery, which is much less than Nissan’s claim.
The midsized car by Nissan will cost you $ 561 annually and these figures will be visible on the window label of the car. Leaf is put through five varying tests by the E.P.A. in different driving conditions and climate control.
Mark Perry, the director of EV and Advanced Technology strategy in North America for Nissan said, “Driving behavior, temperature — those things do affect your range. We’re trying to be very open so folks are making the right decision for them. We don’t want them to be surprised.”
The E.P.A. has estimated the 99 m.p.g. by calculating the city driving as well as the highway ratings which came out to be 106 m.p.g and 92 m.p.g respectively.
Perry said, “The tough part with an electric vehicle is we have no gallons. We have no gas. But we understand the need to provide a comparison and that’s what the formula does.”
The car would be sold through dealerships in Washington, Oregon, Tennessee, Arizona and California in December and in Hawaii and Texas in January. It would be available for sale in other states later in 2011.