evnow wrote:I think iMiEV's 100 mile range is too optimistic - what with just 16kwh battery. I don't think they will get 100 mile EPA certification even with LA04 circuit - probably 65 to 70 miles max.
Don't forget that the iMiEV is a much smaller car than the LEAF and has a smaller, less powerful motor. I believe the 100 miles is based on the LA04 circuit. I'm getting far more than 65-70 miles out of the car at the moment.
I had a chance to talk to the technical development team at Nissan UK last month. They were very cagey about the real range for the Nissan LEAF because it really will depend on conditions, how its driven and so on. That is especially true in places like the UK which can get cold in the winter, which does have an impact on range.
When I'm asked about range on electric cars, I always recommend that people work out how far they normally drive in a day and double that figure. They should then choose an electric car that has that range: so if your daily drive is 25 miles, choose a car with a 50 mile range.
Then you never have to worry about range. It doesn't matter if you forget to plug the car in one night. It doesn't matter if you have an emergency and have to go somewhere straight away. It doesn't matter if you need to make an extra trip out. It doesn't matter if you need to make a diversion: whatever happens, you then know you'll always have ample range to do whatever it is you want to do.