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2013 Nissan Leaf Gets New Energy-Efficient Bose Stereo: Chicago Auto Show

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2013 Nissan Leaf at Nissan U.S. Headquarters, Franklin, Tennessee

2013 Nissan Leaf at Nissan U.S. Headquarters, Franklin, Tennessee

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Electric car owners coming out of winter will know just how much of a drain a car's accessories can put on their range.

That makes energy-efficient accessories like the Bose Energy Efficient Series audio system available with the 2013 Nissan Leaf an easy option to understand.

With no engine roar to contend with, the Nissan Leaf could actually be an ideal environment in which to enjoy your music, but it wouldn't quite be as enjoyable if it curtailed your car's range.

As a result, Bose developed a system that uses only half the electrical current of a typical system, as well as being smaller and lighter. Despite this, Bose has worked hard to maintain audio quality in the Leaf's quiet interior.

For extra bass, there's even a 4.5-inch woofer in a 6.2-liter bassbox mounted in a small space in the Leaf's cargo area. Six lightweight speakers are mounted throughout the cabin, while 1-inch tweeters in each A-pillar deliver higher-range sounds. A low-power, cooler-running amplifier sits at the heart of the sound system.

The Bose system will be available as part of the premium package on Leaf SV and SL models, when the 2013 model goes on sale this month.

It won't be available on the base S model, but there are other benefits to that particular car, such as its lower $28,800 MSRP. Nissan says some buyers, with access to the right tax credits and local incentive, could spend under $19,000 on a new Leaf.

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  1. "Bose developed a system that uses only half the electrical current of a typical system, as well as being smaller and lighter."

    Any idea what the energy difference is? Does a regular system use 50 Watts? 100?

    "For extra bass, there's even a 4.5-inch woofer in a 6.2-liter bassbox mounted in a small space in the Leaf's cargo area."

    That's unfortunate. They just increased the size of the trunk only to fill it with a bassbox.
     
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  2. Unfortunately I don't have numbers, but I reckon that this "energy-efficient" sound system makes just about as much difference to the range as the microscopic solar panel. That is, none (the negligible benefits are probably more than compensated by the small added weight anyway).

    But hey, marketing thought it would be nice, and apparently they were right because journalists keep turning this into free publicity. :)

    Re trunk volume: the small subwoofer uses just 6.2l, or less than 2%, and the "premium audio" package it's part of is optional anyway.
     
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  3. The Chevrolet Volt also has an available energy-efficient audio system. Does the Leaf feature the same one?
     
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  4. How much is that option?

    Volt has been having that since the launch. It is around $500 for my Volt.
     
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  5. I think it's about $1,000. I'm pretty certain it's bundled as part of the "Frt and rr w/surround view" package.

    http://www.cars.com/nissan/leaf/2013/standard-equipment/
     
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  6. Been there, done that in my 2013 Volt. Sounds good, too.
     
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