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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 PluginCars.com. “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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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
August 09, 2013

Nissan Readies Tennessee Factories To Increase LEAF Production

Nissan is readying a third shift at the factory in Decherd, Tenn., where it makes the car’s electric motor, so the company can respond to an increase in demand for its all-electric LEAF hatchback. Last year, Nissan sold 3,543 LEAFs between January and July. For the first seven months of 2013, Nissan sold 11,703 units. That's a 230 percent increase.

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By David Herron ·
August 05, 2013

Long-Distance Shipping of Electric Car Parts Adds Environmental Impact

That shiny new electric car in your driveway will dramatically reduce your personal environmental footprint, but when the manufacturer ships parts around the world before assembling the car, the transportation of those parts adds to the environmental impact of the car.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
August 02, 2013

Tips for Hot Weather Long-Distance Trip in Nissan LEAF

With the availability of DC quick charging stations on the rise, the number of electric car owners thinking about a summer road trip in a Nissan LEAF is also growing. According to Nissan, you can quick-charge your LEAF multiple times in a single day without damaging the car's lithium-ion battery pack. But with temperatures hitting triple digits in many part of the United States, battery heat could have a real impact on charging times. What follows are lessons learned from a 270-mile trip in a 2011 Nissan LEAF across the UK in 85-degree heat—recharging and driving almost continually for eight hours.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
July 25, 2013

Most Nissan LEAF Owners Want To Buy, Not Lease, Replacement Batteries

Nissan North America in June launched its LEAF battery replacement program, designed to give owners of high-mileage LEAFs a way to ensure that their car’s battery pack retains at least 70 percent of its original capacity, even if no longer under warranty. But most LEAF owners—57 percent to be exact—don't like the deal, according to a recent survey on a popular LEAF owners online forum.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
July 16, 2013

Nissan LEAF Gets Minor Updates For 2014

The all-electric Nissan LEAF hatchback will receive minor revisions for the 2014 model year, due in October. For 2014, Nissan is tweaking existing specs, adding a rear-view camera as standard on all trim levels, and improving the car’s on-board telematics system.

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