Kyle Conner was clearly not happy with the 113 km / h (70 mph) road range test I did with a 2020 Nissan LEAF SL Plus in May, so he took one and repeated it. the test itself. In fact, that’s not really why he repeated the test. He and I always try to replicate each other’s range tests so that we can compare the results and confirm the accuracy.
Even though we never quite match other people’s results, as there are variables that are beyond our control, we usually come up with very similar results, as was the case with the 2020 Nissan LEAF SL Plus.
The LEAF SL Plus that Kyle and I tested is an EPA rated 215 mile range and has a 62 kWh battery, of which around 56 kWh is usable. Nissan also offers a 40 kWh LEAF, which is the EPA range rated at 150 miles per charge. We have not yet managed to obtain a LEAF of 40 kWh for our road range test.
Kyle fully loaded the LEAF and adjusted the tires to the pressure recommended by Nissan. The temperature was 29 ° C (85 ° F) hot, so he turned the air conditioning on for the entire trip. He also had a passenger to take photos and videos. The vehicle has been set to ECO driving mode with e-Pedal regeneration activated.
On my LEAF range test in May, it was a bit cooler and averaged 23 ° C (74 ° F) and I drove alone. I also set the tires to the 36 psi recommended by Nissan, drove with the air conditioning on, and used Nissan’s Propilot driver assistance system for most of the trip. I also drove in ECO driving mode and used the e-Pedal. I finished my trip with the LEAF battery at 1% after driving 298 km.
The final results of the 70 mph range test of Kyle’s Nissan LEAF
Kyle ended up driving further than me and finished with 193.6 miles on the travel gauge. As I got off the freeway and plugged in at 1%, Kyle exited the freeway and rode the side roads at a slightly slower speed for the last 7-8 miles. However, when it was at 1% state of charge it had walked almost the exact distance I had covered. He just kept driving until the vehicle went into reduced power mode before plugging in.
One thing to note is that Kyle finished with an average fuel economy rating of 3.5 mi / kWh (17.7 kWh / 100 km). When I did my LEAF SL Plus line test, I ended up with a fuel consumption rating of just under 3.4 mph (18.2 kWh / 100 km). I didn’t expect Kyle to do any better than me as he carried an extra passenger and also drove in warmer temperatures, so the A / C should have worked harder to cool the cabin. Perhaps his slightly better fuel economy rating was because he drove a few miles at the very end at 50-55 mph.
I know I could have driven a few miles further too, but since I was on the freeway with no side road to stop on, I had no choice but to complete the test with the battery on. 1%. As we always do when we both run the 70 mph range tests on the same vehicle, we will average the two results and publish that number.
Therefore, we call the 2020 Nissan LEAF SL Plus at 70 mph at 190 miles. That’s 25 miles less than its EPA range of 215 miles, but electric vehicles rarely match their EPA declared range when cruising at 70 mph. In fact, the Hyundai Ioniq was the only electric vehicle to beat its EPA range rating in our 70 mph road range test.
Another point of interest is that the Nissan LEAF Plus S, which is the lowest trim level of the LEAF Plus, has a range of 226 miles, which is 11 miles more than the LEAF SL Plus and the LEAF SV Plus. . This is because the S has smaller wheels and narrower tires. It also weighs a little less because it has fewer standard options. So if lineup is your number one priority, you might want to go for the cheaper and less lavish LEAF S Plus.
InsideEVs 70Mph highway test results
About our highway tests:
We always like to mention that these range tests aren’t perfect. There are variables beyond our control such as wind, traffic, topography and weather. However, we do our best to control what we can. We perform these 70 mph range tests to provide another data point for potential customers looking for as much range information as possible. Check out our previous 70 mph road range tests for the vehicles listed below:
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