2013 Nissan LEAF Gets Optional Energy-Efficient Bose Audio

By · February 06, 2013

Nissan is now touting its newly available Bose system on the SV and SL versions of the 2013 LEAF. "The all-electric Nissan LEAF may be known for being quiet on the outside, but now it's boomin' on the inside," states Nissan in a press release, "with the first custom-designed Bose Energy Efficient Series sound system available on the 2013 model that goes on sale this month."

Bose was asked by Nissan to design a premium sound system that didn't compromise the LEAF's range, weight or interior space. In response, Bose utilized smaller and lighter speakers and an energy-efficient amplifier that operates on significantly less power than most units available today. The amplifier is both small and light, which means it doesn't consume much space and should have no noticeable impact on range.

In addition, Bose implemented a 4.5-inch woofer in a 6.2-liter enclosure, which does consume cargo space, but not nearly as much as most of today's high-end woofers.

The energy-efficient audio system is only available on SV and SL versions of the 2013 LEAF and is offered as part of the $1,050 premium package.

Other new features on the 2013 LEAF include: 17-inch alloy wheels and leather appointed interior on SL models, available Around View Monitor and a 6.6 kW onboard charger that's standard on SV and SL models. The Bose audio system is not offered on the new $28,000 base-level LEAF S.

Comments

· · 1 year ago

"The amplifier is both small and light, which means it doesn't consume much space and should have no noticeable impact on range."

The stereo system in my 2012 Leaf has no noticeable impact on range. If this one sounds better, fine, but don't pretend that the power draw from the radio has a meaningful impact on range.

· · 1 year ago

Very cool design and addition to the LEAF. Still highly curious on how much this plays a factor on the standard audio system over the BOSE, or is it pushing some more "bump" with still the ability to maintain efficiency?

· · 1 year ago

My 2011 Volt has an "Energy Efficient Green Bose Radio" in it, and the first week I had the car I listened to it for 3 hours in my garage. The car suddenly went dead when the 12 volt battery was depleted. I had to get out my ancient heathkit battery charger and find a place in the engine compartment to charge it back up before the car sprung back to life. Maybe sprung is the wrong word. The engine started immediately even though my highvoltage battery was near full, and it took 50 minutes of driving to get the rest of the computer systems back to life.

My grandparents used to say the radio drained the battery, but that was with all those tubes and a vibrator supply making 300 volts out of 6. I never thought I'd see what they were talking about.

· · 1 year ago

"first week I had the car I listened to it for 3 hours in my garage"

Was that before or after you "fully" charged the car? That is a strange feature since the main battery is designed to keep the 12V battery afloat. Must be a FW bug.

· · 1 year ago

@Modern Marvel Fan

Initial Conditions: Both HV and LV batteries fully charged.

After 3 hours: HV fully charged, LV totally dead.

Indication: Plugging in charger dock did no good since the only working video screen states "car unable to charge".

I tried to talk to engineering about it but they would only talk to the dealer, not the know-nothing schmuck who put up $46,000.

GM's official response was: "DON'T LISTEN TO THE RADIO IN THE GARAGE" (!)

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So, I never did find out what the problem was until I just thought about it myself.

The Bose radio may be 'efficient', but turning on the accessories turns on 27 microcomputer systems (apparently all old fashioned nmos and not cmos, or else they turn on plenty of other crap needlessly that drains the battery)..

The thing i've learned to do is not turn the car on in mtc mode for more than a few minutes.

Would be nice if someone at GM knew something about electricity. hehehe. Then they could give a half-brain-dead answer to the next person who experienced the same thing.

· · 1 year ago

@Bill, you just have to turn the car on! Then accessory power module (APM) will keep the 12v on just like a ICE car alternator.

· · 1 year ago

Eery cool design and addition to the LEAF. Still highly curious on how much this plays a factor on the standard audio system over the BOSE, or is it pushing some more "bump" with still the ability to maintain efficiency?Brazil power cord

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