The official MPG(e) ratings for Chevy’s Volt and Nissan’ Leaf have been out for a few days. Finally, The Nikkei [sub] noticed something: Nissan’s “all-electric Leaf has gained bragging rights in the U.S. market after garnering a higher fuel economy rating than the Chevrolet Volt.” Bragging rights bestowed courtesy of the U.S. government.
After a lot of head scratching, and extensive testing, no doubt, the EPA determined that the Leaf has a fuel economy rating equivalent to 99 miles per gallon. They give the Volt only 93 miles per gallon – while it remains in its short-lived electric mode. Once the range extender kicks in, the Volt gets a combined rate of 60mpg. On gas only: 37mpg.
Nissan claims a 100-mile range. The EPA says that the Leaf is good for 73 miles on a full charge. Another government agency, the Federal Trade Commission, says the Leaf gets anywhere between 96 to 110 miles on a full charge, as the New York Times points out with glee. Are we confused yet? Wait for this:
There is a possibility that the Leaf will get two stickers. One by the EPA (73 miles), one by the FTC (96 – 110 miles). The 1985 Energy Policy and Conservation Act, requires the FTC to label all alternative-fuel vehicles, including the all-electric Leaf. And being sticklers for stickers …