Nissan LEAF Ecopia Tires: Pros and Cons from LEAF Drivers
Steve Lemke from Sunnyvale, CA
Many of us complained about how bad the LEAF's Ecopia tires were, and how the sidewalls were so easily damaged by curbs or potholes. I got 24,000 miles out of my Ecopias and then got a set of Michelin Energy Savers, which handled way better but at a slight cost in efficiency and therefore reduced range. Then this week one of them started losing air and it turns out there's a tiny hole in the sidewall, probably from a pothole or some other road hazard.
Fortunately the replacement will be free, and the awesome folks at America's Tire even gave me a loaner tire while we wait for the exact replacement to arrive from SoCal (after they realized they could not just "put the spare on" and send me home). But I'm still somewhat amazed that (for us) this happened to the Michelin tire and not the Ecopias.
Kim Kinoshita responds.
The MIchelin Energy Savers are stock on the 2016 Volt, and the jury is still out on their quality. I am approaching 30K miles on my 2011 Nissan LEAF with Ecopias, and should get 40K miles before replacing.
The energy savers also come on the 17" wheels on the LEAF SL. Tire guy said efficiency could be different in the different sizes.
The ones on my Honda Fit EV seem to protest loudly at spirited driving more than the Ecopa tires.
Definitely the opposite for me. The Michelins are a lot more fun to drive on than the Ecopias on my Nissan LEAF, but the Tesla drivetrain in the RAV is more fun than the LEAF. Just need better tires (and could use some more weight in the front) in the RAV.
Ivan Jue The
Ecopia tires weren't great when I had my 2011 Nissan Leaf, but I think the outcome would have been different if I had them inflated at Max PSI from the beginning. The Goodyear Assurance tires on my '14 Volt also had a poor reputation for treadwear with nearly the same complaints of blowouts (like the Ecopias). But I had the GY tires with 42 PSI from the beginning, and at 34k miles, I still have plenty of treadwear left. I believe that the Leaf and Volt are just too heavy for these LRR tires.
I've got 27k on my original Ecopia tires made by Bridgestone (top-tier in tire quality). I must say I've been impressed with them from the start. I still have a quiet smooth ride, no cupping, and I believe the handling is excellent. I read lots of reviews and it seems that the Ecopia model is hard to beat with efficiency. When I finally replace them I'm leaving well enough alone.
I put some Nokian Entyre 2.0's on my SoulEV and they've been great. Negligible range loss ~2-5% (lower RR than the stock's but a wider tire due to changing to a +1 size and 17" rim) way better handling characteristics all around. Had I kept the original tire size and rim, it probably would be better than stock in terms of range.