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By Brad Berman ·
January 23, 2018

Infiniti Promises Its First Electric Vehicle by 2021

Nissan’s luxury Infiniti brand will introduce only fully or partially electric vehicles starting 2021, except for its large SUVs. That’s according to Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa, who spoke at the Automotive News World Congress last week. The automaker confirmed its first fully electric car will go on sale in 2021—more than a decade of the Nissan parent company introduced the Nissan LEAF EV.

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By Brad Berman ·
January 16, 2018

The Tricky Balance Between EV Range and Cost Continues in 2018

CNN last week declared that 2018 will be “the year of the electric car.” This proclamation happens nearly every year—despite the fact that electric cars remain about 1 percent of the new-car market. CNN rightly states, “Americans (in 2018) will finally be able to buy reasonably affordable and widely available electric cars that can hold enough power to breeze through their daily routines with no worries.” Perhaps the news organization is pointing to the new breed of longer-range EVs. But other signs indicate that we are more likely to see steady growth rather than a quantum leap in EV adoption.

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By Brad Berman ·
December 20, 2017

Sales of Improved Second-Generation Nissan LEAF Begin in January

Nationwide sales of the new 2018 Nissan LEAF begin in a few weeks. Production of the much anticipated second-generation LEAF—offering as much as 150 miles of driving range—started last month in Smyrna, Tenn. Cars will start to arrive at dealerships in all 50 states in January.

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By Brad Berman ·
September 22, 2017

Infiniti Could Reveal a New Electric Model in January

After years of promises dating back more than five years, Infiniti appears once again ready to introduce an all-electric luxury vehicle. Its previous Infiniti LE, which had become a fixture of major auto shows, was killed in 2014. Alfonsa Albaisa, Infiniti’s design chief, this week confirmed that the luxury marque will launch a standalone EV in 2019. Albaisa said it would be a new model—not a luxury version of the Nissan LEAF or an electric version of an existing gas-powered vehicle.

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By Brad Berman ·
September 06, 2017

Nissan Unveils Second-Generation 150-Mile LEAF Electric Car

Nissan debuted the second-generation LEAF on Tuesday night. The new version of the world’s best-selling all-electric car will get a bump in driving range to 150 miles (from its current 107 miles) while keeping its price below $30,000. At the same time, Nissan toned down the model’s geeky high-tech looks of the outgoing EV—replacing it with the brand’s more conventional design features (such as its V-Motion grille, two-tone color scheme, and floating roof).The 2018 Nissan LEAF goes on sale in the US early next year.

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By Brad Berman ·
August 09, 2017

2018 Nissan LEAF Will Be Faster and Sleeker, With a Starting Price of $30,000

The 2018 Nissan LEAF will be officially revealed on September 6. That’s when current EV shoppers can fully evaluate the new LEAF—and how its design and technical specifications compare to an expanding selection of new battery-powered vehicles. Thanks to teaser images and leaked information emerging in recent weeks, we already have indications about key figures, including price, battery size, and motor output.

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By Brad Berman ·
May 19, 2017

Second-Generation Nissan LEAF Will Be Revealed in September

A completely redesigned future version of the Nissan LEAF will be unveiled in Tokyo on Sept. 6. To build excitement, Nissan has released a teaser image (of the headlight) in advance of the September event. The company—once considered the leader in electric vehicles—said the image is “the first in a series of photos and informational briefs scheduled this summer in preparation for the global reveal of the new Nissan Leaf later this year.”

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By Brad Berman ·
April 10, 2017

Nissan’s New Chief: A 300-Mile EV Is Planned for 2020

Saikawa said that a future Nissan model (or models)—expected in three to four years—would provide about 300 miles on a single charge. “It will have a usable range of 300 miles,” he said. “I believe that the technology will take us there.” Saikawa believes that offering longer range will make Nissan electric cars competitive with traditional vehicles in the United States. He did not disclose the range for the next-generation LEAF, which is due before the end of 2017.

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By Gary Lieber ·
March 15, 2017

Nissan Offers Extension of LEAF Lease, Ahead of New Model

Are you currently leasing a Nissan LEAF? If so, Nissan is offering to extend your lease until the next-generation 2018 LEAF becomes available later this year. And you could get three months of courtesy payments on the extension.

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By Brad Berman ·
February 20, 2017

The Best Used EVs for Less Than $10,000

Why do some consumers who want an electric car not go forward with the purchase? Surveys consistently indicate that cost is the prohibitive factor. But what if you could buy a capable battery-powered car—one with plenty of driving range for nearly all your commuting needs—for less than $10,000? That’s highly possible if you consider buying a five-year-old electric car.

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