The EPA has approved a rating of 99 miles per gallon for the 2011 Nissan Leaf in combined city and highway driving.
Consumers have long wondered what kind of fuel-economy rating an electric car would get from the Environmental Protection Agency. Well, now we know, sort of. The EPA has approved a rating of 99 miles per gallon for the 2011 Nissan Leaf in combined city and highway driving.
But we’ll have to wait awhile to find out how the Leaf’s main rival, the electric-gasoline powered Chevrolet Volt, will compare. It has has to receive its fuel economy rating, though the car maker says it expects to hear from the EPA soon. The cars, both scheduled for retail launch in December, need the labels before going on sale.
The agency derived the Leaf’s fuel-economy figure using an equivalency formula it designed to give car shoppers a standard by which to judge overall fuel efficiency and environmental impact for a wide range of vehicles using a variety of fuels and power sources.
Nissan says the Leaf, which uses no gasoline, was also rated best-in-class for the environment because it emits no greenhouse gases or traditional tailpipe emissions. The fuel-mileage tag will be part of the car’s window sticker, called a Monroney label. Chevrolet parent General Motors Co. says it is ready to roll out the Volt as soon as it gets the EPA’s blessing.
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Source: Jonathan Welsh | The Wall Street Journal
Photo: Nissan Motor Company