Explained: Why The Same Electric Car Has Different Ranges In Different Countries

Here’s one for ya. Why does the current Nissan LEAF, with a 30 kilowatt-hour battery pack, sell in the U.S. with an advertised range of 107 miles per charge, while a seemingly identical car sold in the UK is advertised as having a 155 mile range, and in Japan as having a 174 miles?

Is it because of some weird change in design? Is one car more powerful and thus less efficient than the other? Or is it something to do with automakers trying to pull the wool over consumers eyes and make a car appear better than it really is?

The answer is no to all of the above, but watch the video above to find out what the real answer is.

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  • Albemarle

    Good explanation, Nikki. In addition to the information presented, the EPA test cycle is much longer and more complex than NEDC. The EPA system is designed by scientists and engineers, the NEDC by politicians. Canada adopted the EPA test cycle only a year or so ago. It must be very hard for a country to recognize they aren’t doing something very well and just adopt a better standard. Why everyone has to reinvent the wheel is beyond me.

    • Martin Lacey

      NEDC is European and like all things European it’s the result of committees and compromise!

  • Martin Lacey

    I live in the UK and ignore NEDC unless no EPA rating exists. I then deduct around 30% as a good guesstimate of range.