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 |  Sep 23 2012, 1:27 PM

In celebration of National Plug-in Day, Nissan has released an infographic highlighting its Leaf owners and all the miles they’ve driven gas free.

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 |  Sep 21 2012, 6:32 PM

Electric cars are still a tough sell with consumers, but plug-in hybrids are starting to get more bites as people warm to the idea of the highly-efficient cars.

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 |  Sep 14 2012, 6:15 PM

Among the many things going on at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) during the course of a year, there is the very messy task of crashing car after car after car.

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 |  Sep 07 2012, 1:31 PM

Canadians have it pretty easy. They get free healthcare, dirt-cheap college tuition and now free taxi rides…

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 |  Sep 04 2012, 3:02 PM

The Chevrolet Volt’s extended range strategy seems to be paying off this year with sales up in the six-figure percentages while the Nissan Leaf languishes as the unpopular second choice. 

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 |  Aug 27 2012, 5:45 PM

Nissan will be switching to cells supplied by Hitachi for its 2013 Leaf model rather than the ones currently supplied by Automotive Energy Supply Corp.

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 |  Aug 18 2012, 4:02 PM

The Nissan Leaf’s recent sales figures has to be disappointing to the Japanese automaker, but it looks like big changes are on the way for the electric vehicle, and hopefully it won’t be too little, too late. 

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 |  Jul 27 2012, 1:43 PM

General Electric is swinging back after reports earlier this month said its WattStation home charging system was responsible for several Nissan Leaf charging system malfunctions.

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 |  Jul 24 2012, 10:01 AM

Sales of the Nissan Leaf have been stumbling as of late, with the Chevy Volt trumping it several months in a row. A few Nissan dealers are now offering the EV with up to $5,000 off its MSRP of $38,100 hoping to entice hesitant buyers to pull the trigger.

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 |  Jul 18 2012, 9:38 AM

Limousines are luxurious, comfortable and now, thanks to Nissan and the Embassy Suites hotel in Nashville Tenn., all-electric. 

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 |  Jul 15 2012, 5:01 PM

Owners of the Nissan Leaf that are using G.E.’s WattStation home charger should be cautious and discontinue using it to be on the safe side.

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 |  Jul 02 2012, 4:02 PM

It didn’t beat anything in a traditional run up the hill, but the Nissan Leaf managed to take a new record at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend by driving the fastest measured mile in reverse.

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 |  Jun 27 2012, 8:01 AM

Apparently no car is safe from getting the limousine conversion treatment, as Imperial Couch Builders has taken the liberty to build a stretched Nissan Leaf limo.

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 |  Jun 25 2012, 1:06 PM

Thanks to its electric drive train and direct drive transmission system, the Nissan Leaf is supposed to be able to go just as fast in reverse as it can in forward, something the company plans to prove at Goodwood by attempting to take the record for driving the fastest mile — in reverse.

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 |  Jun 22 2012, 5:59 PM

Electric car manufacturer Tesla began delivery of its new Model S sedan today, marking the brand’s first move from niche to more mainstream vehicles.

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 |  Jun 20 2012, 6:15 PM

Electric car manufacturer Tesla will officially launch its Model S sedan this Friday, but the EPA efficiency estimates for the version bearing the biggest-available 85 kilowatt-hour battery are out.

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 |  Jun 18 2012, 12:32 PM

Nissan will be set to double sales of its Leaf plug-in hybrid this year thanks to a plant opening in Smyrna, Tenn. that will allow for 20,000 units to be delivered this fiscal year.

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 |  Jun 04 2012, 8:50 AM

Even though EV sales are a bit sluggish and the technology is taking some time for consumers to adopt, it appears that two of the more popular EVs and PHEVs – the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf – are retaining much of their value on the used car market.

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 |  May 04 2012, 9:11 AM

Toyota continues to enjoy success with its Prius family of models, as its plug-in hybrid sold 1,654 units in the month of April.

The sales figure trumps its main competitors, the Chevrolet Volt (1,462 sold) and the Nissan Leaf (370 sold) making it the most popular plug-in vehicle last month in America. It’s no huge surprise that the plug-in variant of the Prius is selling well compared to its counterparts, considering how well-known the Prius moniker has become over the years.

Last month the Japanese automaker also saw the highest sales total for its Prius models ever for the month of April, moving a combined figure of 25,168 units across all its model variants. In total, Toyota sold 30,126 hybrids while its luxury division Lexus moved a respectable 2,467. Compared to April 2011, Toyota’s hybrid sales saw a huge jump of 124.6 percent, but it’s worth noting that April 2011 was also after the disastrous tsunami that hindered vehicle production.

“Thanks to continued strong sales of Camry and Prius family, Toyota was America’s number one retail brand for the second straight month,” said Bob Carter, general manager of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. “With consumer confidence improving, we expect to see sustained industry growth in the months ahead.”

 |  Apr 16 2012, 12:01 PM


In its continued effort to spread the message of the all-electric Leaf, Nissan has partnered up with Fleet Forum and is providing five vehicles for a year for free.

Fleet Forum manages vehicle fleets for foreign aids and charitable organizations, such as Red Cross and the UN World Food Programme, and will take the Leaf EVs from Nissan and distribute them among five of their charities.

The charities that will benefit from this program this year are: United Nations World Food Programme, the International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees, Islamic Relief, and the United Nations Logistics Base.

This program will not only show the viability of electric vehicles in different applications around the world, but also reduce the environmental impact and reduce costs.

“This is an excellent example of learning through demonstration,” says Paul Jansen, Executive Director of Fleet Forum. “Through this programme these different organisations can see for themselves how electric vehicles can be used to help achieve their objectives. From a Fleet Forum point-of-view we’re happy to facilitate this as a way of increasing efficiency and reducing pollution.”

Jansen goes on to say, “The partnership with Nissan fits perfectly with Fleet Forum’s commitment to offer our members practical knowledge and experience of transport-related products and services. The participating members will benefit directly, but in the end all members will benefit. Together with Nissan we will gather and analyze the test data. We will build knowledge regarding electric driving, and we can advise our members how to maximize the best use of electric vehicles. Fleet Forum promotes electric driving because this is a very constructive way of reducing the environmental impact of the operational activities of Fleet Forum members.”

The first two cars will be handed over to the chosen organizations in a ceremony in Geneva. These cars will be used in Switzerland.

The Leaf is one of the few all-electric vehicles on sale anywhere in the world. It has a range of just over 100-miles on a full-charge and sells for a base price of $35,200.

 |  Apr 16 2012, 9:31 AM

Ford recently announced the EPA fuel efficiency rating for its electric Focus model. Since it doesn’t burn any gasoline, the number isn’t in miles per gallon (MPG), but was given as miles per gallon gasoline equivalent, or MPGe. A new term to the automotive lexicon, it’s worth exploring exactly what MPGe means and how an MPGe rating is determined, especially as the number of electric cars and plug-in electric hybrids on the roads continues to increase.

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 |  Mar 21 2012, 6:18 PM

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Questions and uncertainty are swirling around the Infiniti battery-electric vehicle (BEV) which Nissan will debut at the upcoming New York Auto Show.

The BEV, which isn’t named yet, will share underpinnings with the Nissan Leaf, but with more emphasis on power and aggressive styling.

“It was designed to be a luxury vehicle first and an electric vehicle second,” Infiniti marketing manager Sam Chung told The Detroit Bureau.

As Nissan’s second electric-only car, it underscores the value placed on such vehicles by the automaker. While ideas surrounding the car’s styling are little more than speculation, we’re wondering how much the Emerg-E concept that debuted in Geneva earlier this month might come into play.

Infiniti’s BEV will, however, adopt the mid-cycle changes headed for the Leaf. Those include an improved electric cabin heater that will be less taxing on the car’s battery, improving range and cold weather driving. The update will also bring an improved battery with better range, though the same principles apply to BEVs as do gasoline engines: the more output, the poorer the range.

Given that, it seems like the better battery will at least make it into the car if not as an even beefier version, but that coupled with a performance-first attitude suggests the vehicle’s range will probably be compromised.

Still, the new BEV will adopt an updated 6 kw charger, over the current-generation Leaf’s 3 kw charger, which will offer improved charging times, both to new Leaf customers and those interested in the more luxurious Infiniti.

We’ll be reporting live from New York next month, so check back for more details as they become available.

 |  Mar 20 2012, 10:31 AM

Now that Nissan has had its Leaf on the market for some time, the Japanese automaker has been able to gather some customer feedback to upgrade its electric vehicle.

Nissan plans on debuting a new, upgraded Leaf at the end of this year, adding leather seats, darker interior option, and a more efficient heating system. While it may not seem like major upgrades, it’s nice to know that automakers still listen to their customers and implement quick changes to their vehicles.

Last year, Nissan sold 9,700 Leafs in the U.S. and currently the Leaf is on track to double that figure this year. And why didn’t the Leaf have a leather option from the get go? Simple, the Japanese automaker thought it’d make more sense going with the whole “green recycled materials” theme. But customers have been telling them otherwise, saying they not only want a leather, but an option for a darker interior shade.

Along with the darker and leather interior options, Nissan has gone and tweaked their heater to make it more efficient. The current Leaf’s range has been known to suffer drastically in cold weather when the heater is on. Mark Perry, director of product and advanced planning for Nissan America, said that the new heater is “much, much more efficient” and should have a 20-25 mile improvement over the current model in cold-weather conditions.

No pricing was announced on the 2013 Nissan Leaf.

[Source: Detroit News]

 |  Mar 16 2012, 12:53 PM

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Toyota is the brand to beat when it comes to hybrid vehicles, and the recently launched Prius c subcompact helps reinforce that trend. 

According to Toyota, the Prius c, which launched on March 12, has sold 1,201 in its first three days on the market, making it one of the company’s fastest selling vehicles.

In just three days, the Prius c outsold the February sales of the Volt, and Leaf, which sold 1,023, and 478 respectively.

The fact that gas prices in the US could hit $4.00 a gallon as early as memorial day certainly make the Prius c a shining beacon of hope for drivers who hope to save some money at the pump with the 53 mpg fuel economy rating.  The under $19,000 price tag doesn’t hurt either.

As a whole, the Prius family of vehicles (the Prius, Prius c and Prius v) sold almost 10,000 units during the first half of March.

You can check out our review of the Prius c right here