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By Zach McDonald ·
December 07, 2012

Fiat and Nissan Spar Over EV Aesthetics

Fiat’s director of product marketing, Matt Davis, took an implied shot at the LEAF earlier this week at a launch event for the Fiat 500e. "Let's be honest, ugliness is probably one of the worst forms of pollution," said Davis. "The Fiat 500e proves that you do not have to give up on good looks to deliver an electric car." Simon Sproule, Nissan’s head of global marketing, counterpunched a day later. "Let's face it. Fiat has not shied away from controversial styling themselves,” he said.

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By Eric Loveday ·
December 03, 2012

Volt Sales Simmer in November 2012, LEAF Stays Steady

Sales of the Chevy Volt dropped off in November 2012, with General Motors reporting it sold 1,519 units. That's roughly half the 2,961 units GM sold in October 2012—and more than 1,300 units shy of the 2,851 Volts sold in September 2012. Nissan reported that sales of its electric LEAF checked in at a solid 1,539 units in November, compared to 1,579 in October.

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By Eric Loveday ·
November 26, 2012

Nissan LEAF Battery Production Begins in Tennessee

Nissan is now making both lithium-ion batteries and electric motors for the LEAF in Tennessee. The final step—production of the 2013 LEAF—is set to begin before year's end, and paves the way for the introduction of the first Nissan EVs that are made in the United States.

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By Zach McDonald ·
November 21, 2012

Nissan Unveils LEAF Improvements, New Pricing

At an event in Japan today, Nissan announced a host of changes for the 2013 edition of the LEAF, including new pricing for a stripped-down version of the car and 15-percent more range. Though the announcements officially pertained only to Japan, Nissan officials told reporters there that similar changes can be expected for other markets as well.

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By Brad Berman ·
November 16, 2012

If Nissan EVs Falter, What Company Will Champion Electric Cars?

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has finally admitted what EV sales numbers have been clearly indicating since January, and what even the most casual observer of the electric car market could clearly see: Nissan will not meet its 2012 sales target for the all-electric LEAF. The key question now for the EV movement in the United States is what other major carmaker (if any) will take over the electric car leadership role that could be left vacant by Nissan as it turns to other markets.

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By Zach McDonald ·
November 15, 2012

LEAF Family Logs 24,000 Miles in First 18 Months of Ownership

Seeking to put to rest the myth that battery electric vehicles are only for low-mileage drivers, Nissan released a video featuring a LEAF family from Orlando, Fla., that have logged nearly 24,000 miles in their car over just 18 months of ownership. Shannon and Christin Monroe (and their 9-month-old son) use their LEAF almost exclusively, averaging nearly 45 miles per day.

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By Eric Loveday ·
November 12, 2012

Combined Global LEAF and Volts Sales Surpass 75,000

Globally, sales of the Nissan LEAF remain a bit above sales of the Chevy Volt and its near-identical siblings, which include the Opel Ampera, Vauxhall Ampera and the Holden Volt.

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By Brad Berman ·
November 09, 2012

Nissan Cancels Grand Opening for EV Battery Plant

Nashville Public Radio reported today that Nissan has canceled its plans for a grand opening ceremony for its Tennessee plant that will produce batteries for electric cars. The cancellation reflects a more subdued and cautious corporate approach to publicity for Nissan EVs.

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By Brad Berman ·
November 08, 2012

Nissan Reports 42,700 Sales of LEAF, Renews Commitment to EVs

"Somewhere in the history of human beings, people will have to switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy," said Nissan's chief operating officer Toshiyuki Shiga, in a press conference earlier this week. He reported that Nissan LEAF global sales now stand at 42,700 units. "It will be two years next month since we launched this EV," he said. "We are learning a lot of things."

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By Eric Loveday ·
November 01, 2012

Volt Sales Set Record in October 2012, Nissan LEAF Also Rises

In October, the Chevy Volt continued to rack up record sales in the US. Meanwhile, sales of the Nissan LEAF reached a level not seen in some time.

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