Green Car Reports recently conducted its own road test of the new 2016 Nissan Leaf and found that there are measurable mileage improvements in the sixth year that this car has been on the U.S. market.
Skeptics and open minded consumers are always asking if these electric cars with their obvious dependency on nearby smoke-stack power plants are really better than a gasoline car with it dependence on some far-off maze of pipe and smokestacks.
The Green Blizzard staff has done the environmental impact math for you. Let us walk you through the simple C02 math to give you an appreciation of what little could be spewing out of your tail pipe if you were driving a Nissan Leaf instead of an average car. We’ll assume that if you’re reading this article, its not likely that your car of preference is a Suburban.
From a green perspective, a carbon footprint perspective, the new 2016 Nissan Leaf is in our super star category. This year’s Nissan realized and environmentally friendly 3.4 miles per kilowatt-hour across a three recharge road test that split driving 2/3 highway, 1/3 urban streets in an assortment of temperatures. Apparently, temperature impacts both charging and mileage per charge.
C02 Math – Carbon Footprint Comparison Between The Leaf and the Average Car
Nissan Leaf C02 Math: Miles per kilowatt hour (3.4) / kg of CO2 per kWh (0.23) = 0.0676 kg of CO2 per mile. That’s a volume of 1.303 cubic feet for this generated CO2, so every mile the tailpipe is emitting a cubic foot of CO2
Whereas, compared to the average gasoline car on U.S. highways averaging 25 mpg
Average US Car C02 Math: MPG 25 equates to 0.04 gallons per mile. The kg of C02 per gallon is 8.788, so divided across the 25 mpg, thats 0.35152 of kg per mile and the volume of this C02 in cubic feet is 6.845. That’s 5.25 times more that the Leaf
So, comparing the Nissan Leaf tailpipe C02 emissions to the average fuel consuming car, the Nissan leaf generates only 20% of the CO2, the average car 5.25 times MORE!
BTW, Green Car Reports is a rich, well done independent source of all the latest news about energy efficient cars across all technologies.
Beyond mileage efficiency and the incredible carbon footprint reduction achieves, the reviewers at Green Car Reports noted that its interior features are a bit primitive relative to its $39,000 price tag. Hopefully Nissan will spiff it up a bit to be more appealing to the general “gadget expecting” electric car shoppers.