Nissan Leaf Takes Electric Production Class Win At Pikes Peak

The all-electric Nissan Leaf had a triumphant outing at Pikes Peak this past weekend, netting itself the win in the electric production class with Chad Hord behind the wheel. Even though it didn’t claim the EV record that AC Propulsion did, the Leaf proved to be a formidable production race car turning in a time of 14 minutes and 33 seconds.

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Nissan To Set Wacky Speed Records At Goodwood

Ever driven on two wheels? Nissan, apparently having just watched that one scene from Diamonds Are Forever, is planning to set some goofy records at the hallowed grounds of Goodwood—including driving up the entire course while balanced on two wheels.

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Nissan Looking To Give Leaf The Ability To Power A Home

Nissan is looking to add even more utility to their electric vehicle, the Leaf, by incorporating the technology required for the EV to power a home in the case of a blackout. That’s right, in Nissan’s ideal world those with a Leaf would no longer have the need for a generator as the Leaf’s battery can store 24 kilowatt hours of electricity. That’s enough to power an average household for a full day.

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Ryan Reynolds Partners With Nissan Leaf For Excessively Green Fitness Campaign

Ryan Reynolds, star of the upcoming movie “Green Lantern,” and the Nissan Leaf, the environmentally friendly electric car, are partnering in a new ad campaign that will be more green than Kermit the Frog eating a salad on St. Patrick’s Day.

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Renault-Nissan Open Silicon Valley Research Office

As part of its drive to focus on sustainable technologies and new ideas, the RenaultNissan Alliance is opening a research office, across the road from Google HQ in Silicon Valley, California.

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Nissan Leaf Gets Updates, Coming Fall 2012

Nissan has officially announced, that sales of the updated 2012 Leaf will start in the fall of 2012. The 2012 Leaf will include the addition of a standard heater, heated outside mirrors, heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats and a rear HVAC duct. A quick charge port has also been added as standard equipment on Leaf SL models.

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Nissan Leaf Nismo RC Test On-Board Cam [Video]
The racing version of Nissan’s electric vehicle, the Leaf, lapped the Sodegaura Forest Raceway,Japan during a test run yesterday. In this four minute video, the driver puts the Nissan Leaf Nismo RC through its paces and at some points can barely keep it on the track.

The Nismo RC features a full carbon fiber body and thee-door layout, and is extremely aerodynamic. This car is entirely electric, creating zero-emissions, and only has one gear as you will see in the video.

The Nissan Leaf Nismo RC will perform two demonstrations, Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon at the Le Mans Vers Le Futur, in celebration of the 79th anniversary of the event (June 11-12).

It will be interesting to see how electronic vehicles like the Nismo RC shape the world of motorsports while attaining zero-emissions.

Check out the video after the jump!

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Nissan Testing Roadside Assistance Charger Vehicle for EVs in Japan

In Nissan‘s continuing effort to relieve range anxiety, the automaker has now announced a joint project with the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) to test out a roadside assistance vehicle capable of recharging electric vehicles.

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Dutch Duo Drives 779 Miles in 24 Hours in a Nissan Leaf [Video]

There has been much speculation over whether electric vehicles are suitable for long distance journeys. The biggest issue is regarding the distance an electric car can travel before running out of power, and where to charge up. Skeptics also doubt whether the advanced lithium-ion battery can withstand the torture of numerous “Level 3” charges within a single day.

If you count yourself one of the skeptical ones, perhaps this tale will change your mind. A Dutch duo drove a Nissan Leaf exactly 1,254 kilometers (779.19 miles) in just 24 hours! The duo recharged the Leaf several times (around 10) using quick-charge stations during their adventure. The car did not let the team down, the battery didn’t overheat, nor were any tow trucks needed.

Are you impressed? What’s the farthest you’ve ever driven in 24 hours?

Check out the video after the jump!

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Nissan Leaf NISMO Race Car to Make Le Mans Track Debut

Nissan has announced that its Leaf Nismo RC Concept race car concept will be making two demonstration runs at the Le Mans Vers Le Futur, in celebration of the 79th anniversary of the event (June 11-12).

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Nissan Leaf To Compete In Pikes Peak Hill Climb

On June 26, an electric Nissan Leaf will compete in the 89th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb driven by Nissan off-road truck racing champion Chad Hord. The Leaf will compete in the Production Class for electric vehicles in factory shape. Other than a roll cage, racing seats and safety harnesses the car will be entirely stock.

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GM Calls Out Nissan Over 'Gas Powered Everything' Ad

Aiming to build hype behind its all-electric Leaf, Nissan has released a new ad, imagining a world where tiny internal combustion engines power everything that currently runs on electricity. The bleak and dirty existence portrayed in the new ad spot then steps to a new level to prove Nissan’s point, showing the sullen protagonist gassing up his Chevrolet Volt. Subtle it is not.

Understandably the folks at General Motors are none-too impressed and while in most cases silent indignation would be the correct course of action, GM product and brand communications chief Jason Laird chose a 140 character or less medium with which to toss back a cleverly worded barb.

“A carmaker poking gentle fun at our product ignores towtrucks they need and rental cars they recommend as backup to their product,” tweeted Laird, hinting at the Leaf’s limited range and reports that owners would be given free rental car days to help eschew concerns over range anxiety. Ouch!

In a brief online exchange Laird cited plausible deniability, commenting that he made no reference to anyone or anything, including the commercial, Nissan, or the Leaf. True, but we think you’ll forgive us for thinking we can make the assumption and hold on to our journalistic integrity.

“The commercial is cute, but its misleading and damaging to the EV movement,” says Rob Peterson, the man in charge of public relations for the Volt. His main issue with the ad, however, is in even comparing the two cars, which he sees as two very different vehicles based on their range capability.

“Many people are intrigued by electric cars but they don’t have the financial flexibility to own a second or even a third car. The Volt can be you only car.”

Ultimately, Peterson dismissed the spot, commenting that its, “long term effect will be relatively minimal.”

This isn’t the first such exchange between Chevy and Nissan either, with Chevrolet showing an ad at the Volt’s official world premiere at the LA Auto Show in which it’s referred to as more than just a “leaf blower”. The subtlety of that spot seems to have been replaced with a more explicit message and we have to wonder if it will continue to escalate as both Chevrolet and Nissan are vying to be recognized as the leader in new green automotive technology.

There’s a lot more at stake here than just hurt feelings or even the future of a single type of car. Both Nissan and Chevrolet have made commitments to the technologies used in their respective electrically-motivated vehicles, with the future of each automaker closely tied to the success of their flagship green product.

If you haven’t already, watch the Nissan spot after the jump:

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Updated Fuel Economy Window Sticker Unveiled: Video

An updated U.S fuel economy label was unveiled today aimed at reducing gasoline consumption and exhaust emissions. These new stickers will be required on all 2013 models, allowing consumers to quickly glance at fuel consumption.

The sticker will also display estimates of fuel or electricity required to drive 100 miles as well as time needed to charge a plug-in vehicle such as the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf.

Lisa Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), says the reason for the redesigned labels is to give consumers, “the best possible information about which cars on the lot offer the greatest fuel economy and the best environmental performance.” The EPA developed the updated labels with assistance from the Department of Transportation.

Check out the video after the jump!

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Nissan Leaf Gets Five Star Crash Test Rating In Europe

The Nissan Leaf became the first EV to get a five star crash test rating from the Euro NCAP program, after scoring well in all categories involving passenger safety, on-board safety systems and pedestrian safety.

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Nissan Leaf Nismo RC Hits The Track [Video]

We’re well aware that the last Nissan you ever thought would see the track as a full-blown race car would be the all-electric Leaf, but you have to admit, the Nismo RC Leaf is one bad-ass looking piece of electric machinery. Even though Nissan has built their racing heritage on their 350Z/370Z and GT-R platform, there’s no doubting automotive manufacturers wish to push the limits in proving that hybrid and all-electric technology are viable forms of real world performance.

Nissan is no exception, teaming up with Nismo to see what the Leaf can potentially do as a race chassis while still powered by the same electric drivetrain we’re seeing on the streets now. The Nismo RC Leaf features a full carbon fiber body and three-door layout, streamlining the aerodynamics while making it a sleek-looking race car. And with any other race car out there, this Leaf receives a full widebody treatment while the drivetrain was relocated in order to improve weight balance.

The Leaf took to Sodegaura Forest Raceway for some shakedown testing and we’re loving how it looks out on the track. It’ll be interesting to see how EVs can shape the world of motorsports with zero-emissions and all.

Check out the video after the break.

[Source: Autoblog]

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