Nissan's (NSANY) Leaf electric car will get the equivalent of 99 miles per gallon, making it the most fuel-efficient midsize car on the road.

The Leaf does not use gasoline, so the EPA created an "mpg-equivalent" rating for its fuel efficiency, CNNMoney said.

The Leaf will get 106 mpg-e in urban driving and 92 on the highway. Electric cars perform well in city driving because using the brakes helps to recharge the battery.

Still, the EPA estimated that the Leaf's driving range when fully charged will be about 73 miles. Nissan has regularly touted its driving range as 100 miles.

The annual electricity cost for a Leaf will be about $561. The annual fuel cost for Toyota's (TM) Prius is $867.

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Cool Hand

I'd like to see the electric consumption expressed in kilowatt/hour, and also whether the estimated cost of electricity included "delivery fees". Last month I consumed 424 kwh of electricity for a cost of $21. Not bad...but then my utility company charged me $51 to deliver the electricity to me. That included a $21 delivery "adjustment". I think if we all buy all-electric vehicles, the utilities will become the new gasoline companies. We'll just be writing same sized checks to someone else...

November 24 2010 at 1:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The 99 MPG-E is attractive, but that 76 mile range will scare a lot of buyers away.

November 23 2010 at 1:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply