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The Leaf has landed — but how far can it go on a single charge? Today marks the official launch of Nissan’s all-electric Leaf sedan, and the automaker is touting the 200-kilometer (124-mile) range per full charge it has landed from Japanese regulator tests. Of course, results may vary — California state regulators have rated the Leaf’s range at 160 km (100 miles) and the EPA last month gave the Leaf a range rating of just 73 miles, all based on varying ways to measure distance per charge. Nissan and its partner automaker Renault know full well that range anxieties are the biggest barrier to EV adoption, which is why they’ve been rolling out car charging infrastructure partnerships around the globe. This year’s partnerships include initiatives in Ireland and North Ireland and the Chinese city of Wuhan, as well as an agreement with NRG Energy to make its new for-profit car charging offering the default choice for Leaf buyers in the greater Houston area.