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By Alysha Webb ·
November 21, 2013

Exclusive: Nissan Considers Multiple Battery Size Options for LEAF Electric Cars

A common complaint about the all-electric Nissan LEAF has been its short range, officially 75 miles on a full charge according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. To address that challenge, Nissan could add options for consumers to purchase bigger battery packs to boost the LEAF’s all-electric range, Pierre Loing, vice president of product and advanced planning and strategy told “The packaging easiness (of the battery) makes it easier to put more batteries in the car, and you will see this,” Loing said during an interview this week at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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By Alysha Webb ·
November 20, 2013

Nissan To Boost Production of Battery-Powered LEAF

Nissan will boost its production capacity for the all-electric LEAF at its Smyrna, Tenn. plant in late December or early January, said Jose Munoz, senior vice president of sales, marketing, customer quality, and dealer network at Nissan Americas. Speaking to on the sidelines of the 2013 Western Automotive Conference in Los Angeles on Nov. 19, Munoz said Nissan hadn’t determined the size of the increase, but that it would be “an important increase, not just a little.” The decision to increase production was based on the results of a study currently being conducted.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
October 25, 2013

Nissan: Age of Average EV Customer Is Dropping

As we approach the third anniversary of the all-electric LEAF, Nissan said the average age of its LEAF customers is dropping, and more women are choosing to dump the pump.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
October 04, 2013

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn: Self-Driving LEAF May Be Sooner Than You Think

It’s not every day the CEO of a big company publicly tests out a product prototype, and then talks about it openly on camera. But that’s exactly what CEO Carlos Ghosn did last week at the CEATEC Japan 2013 Convention, a major electronics show. Moreover, the CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance said that its self-driving cars could reach the market sooner than 2020, as previously promised.

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By David Herron ·
September 16, 2013

Used Nissan LEAFs Now Available as Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle With Full Warranty

Nissan announced last week that it is adding the all-electric LEAF to its Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle program. Beginning in September, CPO LEAF's will be available backed by a robust Nissan's warranty.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
September 04, 2013

Nissan Donates LEAF Electric Cars to Rest Stops in Japan as “Emergency Power Stations”

After the devastating Japanese earthquake and tsunami of March 2011, automakers like Nissan and Mitsubishi have developed commercial systems which enable electric car owners to power their homes in an emergency, using electrical energy stored in their car’s battery pack. Now, in an attempt to help prefectures across Japan provide emergency power in the event of a future natural disaster, Nissan this week announced that it will donate one LEAF electric car and one LEAF-to-Home power station to a rest stop in each of Japan’s 47 prefectures.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
August 30, 2013

The Future of Cars: Autonomous...and Electric

Nissan is promising to commercialize self-driving vehicles by 2020, and it's using a LEAF to prove its point. There's plenty of synergy between autonomy and electricity.

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By Alysha Webb ·
August 26, 2013

Nissan's Electric Car Ambitions Focus on LEAF

Nine months ago—with Nissan not even reaching the halfway mark of its 2012 sales target of 20,000 LEAF sales—the company took a series of measures, including: a lower-priced domestically-produced model; a good lease deal; and a new advertising campaign. At the end of July, LEAF sales for 2013 reached 11,702 units. That’s a 230 percent increase over the same period in 2012. Ensuring that the LEAF continues to sell well is the immediate focus of Nissan’s EV strategy. “The LEAF is the foundation,” Billy Hayes, vice president of global LEAF sales, told “We have to make the LEAF a success before anything else.”

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
August 26, 2013

Nissan Testing New Battery Pack to Address Problems with LEAF in Hot Weather

Nissan executives told a gathering of LEAF drivers in Phoenix on Saturday night that company engineers are currently testing a revised lithium-ion battery chemistry that appears to withstand extremes of heat far better than the cells found in existing LEAF battery packs.

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By Alysha Webb ·
August 14, 2013

Nissan Considers Introduction of Electric Cars in Thailand

Nissan is scoping out the electric car market in Bangkok. It just signed a memorandum of understanding with the Metropolitan Electricity Authority there to test the Nissan LEAF. “We have started by readying the infrastructure in order to make sure that Nissan's electric vehicle technology will respond to customer requirements effectively and gain positive response in the Thai market,” said Nissan Motors Thailand president Takayuki Kimura. But is there any hope of many EVs hitting roads in Thailand?

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