Report: Nissan Leaf Hits 60 MPH in 7 Seconds

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Report: Nissan Leaf Hits 60 MPH in 7 Seconds

While a car’s 0-60 time is far from a perfect metric for evaluating performance, it does act as a heuristic, giving us a quick and easy method to judge how a car does in a straight line.

Electric cars, by this same logic, are often thought of as slow cars for timid drivers more concerned about efficiency than speed. But electric motors, with their instant torque, can make for some serious acceleration, and the Tesla Roadster isn’t the only EV to stake this claim.

The Nissan Leaf, a car that looks like it belongs at the Whole Foods parking lot rather than the drag strip, can allegedly hit 60 mph in 7 seconds. This isn’t exactly a blistering time like the Tesla Roadster‘s 3.7 second number, but it is very respectable, and on par with nearly every mid-size car. A Hyundai Sonata Turbo, which makes 274 horsepower, can do it in about 6.5 seconds, as can most V6 family sedans. On the other hand, Nissan’s Versa, upon which the Leaf is based, will take a glacial 9.5 seconds.

Now, we have to warn you that these times are strictly unofficial, and not done with proper instruments or controlled conditions. But if they are true, then the anti-EV camp just had some wind taken out of their sales.

[Source: Green Car Advisor]

  • Chad

    So, they finally gave the consumer application of EVs some red light drag race speed, that should help when trying to merge onto a highway. What is the 60-80 time? That is the speed one needs to avoid getting run over in an emergency situation.

  • hsr0601

    The yellow and purple Audi A2 car took around seven hours to complete the 600-kilometre (372-mile) stretch, even had the heating on.
     
    It has a lithium-metal-polymer battery. DBM Energy, the company that built the battery and electric motors into the Audi A2, said the battery would function for 500,000 kilometres.
     
    The German engineers said their car was special because the battery was not installed inside the luggage area, but under the luggage area, meaning the full interior space of the car was still available
     
    German Economics Minister Rainer Bruederle, who subsidized the drive, said it showed electric cars are not utopian but really work.
     
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