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By Nick Chambers ·
September 01, 2010

Battery Prices May Drop 19 to 25 Percent in 2010, Fueled By Korean-Japanese Price War

While many of us wait for the competition between plug-in car makers to heat up with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt later this year, the battle to be the king of the lithium-ion battery market is already in full swing. With an expected oversupply of batteries, most major battery makers are planning steep price cuts in 2010.

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By Nick Chambers ·
August 31, 2010

Nissan LEAF Ordering Starts Today, "Minor Hiccups" Overcome

A small group of LEAF reservation holders in the five initial launch markets of Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona and Tennessee are finally able to request a quote from a local Nissan dealer and get their place in line. Yet, for all of the planning Nissan did, it seems that this first day saw some small hitches that were resolved quickly.

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By Nick Chambers ·
August 30, 2010

Nissan Reveals Pricing For LEAF Options: DC Fast Charger Extra, Unless You Live in Initial Launch Market

Last week the pricing sheet for the Nissan LEAF leaked out and provides some great insight and bargaining power for would-be Nissan LEAF purchasers. However, one of the options that got singled out—the DC fast charging option—has caused a bit of an uproar in that it will cost $700 extra. But for a lucky few in the initial launch markets, it will be available for free.

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By Brad Berman ·
August 30, 2010

Paul Scott Becomes EV Activist-Salesman

As one of the founding members of Plug-in America, Paul Scott has been on the front lines of the fight to bring electric cars to American roads. Five years ago, the means to achieve that goal was to fight the auto industry. Today, with the pending introduction of mainstream plug-in cars like the Nissan LEAF and Chevy Volt, the activist has turned to a much different strategy: selling cars.

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By Brad Berman ·
August 23, 2010

Five Questions About Electric Car Rentals

Even the most ardent electric car advocates openly agree that pure EVs are not for all drivers and for all purposes. Yes, electric cars can meet the daily driving needs of the vast majority of U.S. drivers. But for long-range driving, or other cases where you far from home and not familiar with your routes (or the location of charging stations), maybe it’s best to drive an efficient car that has a gas-engine on board, like a hybrid or plug-in hybrid. That’s why I have doubts about Enterprise and Hertz jumping so quickly on the EV bandwagon.

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By Zach McDonald ·
August 17, 2010

Largest U.S. Dealership Chain Announces 'Zero-Tolerance' Price Gouging Policy for EVs

With an informal survey suggesting that nearly a quarter of Chevy Volt dealers plan to charge more than $10,000 above MSRP—and one dealer expecting a $20,000 markup—it's nice to see a white knight step up and promise to play nice. AutoNation—which controls 272 dealerships nationwide, including 27 Chevrolet dealers and 24 Nissan dealers—has announced a zero-tolerance policy toward price gouging on early EVs.

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By Zach McDonald ·
August 16, 2010

Dealer: Just 3,300 LEAFs Will Make it to the U.S. Before April

Despite earlier reports that had as many as 25,000 Nissan LEAFs on American roads by the end of next year, one Nissan dealer says production could be significantly slower than once thought. According to Leon Kamins, who manages a dealership San Diego, the United States will initially receive just 3,300 vehicles by the end of March.

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By Zach McDonald ·
August 12, 2010

A Volt vs. LEAF 'Showdown' on NPR's Science Friday

The waiting lists for the Chevy Volt and Nissan LEAF contain quite a few rabid fans of each vehicle who have sometimes been known to knock the other's technology or vision. But expect things to be very civil this afternoon when Chevy's Tony Posawatz and Nissan's Mark Perry sit down together on NPR's Science Friday.

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By Brad Berman ·
August 09, 2010

Volt versus LEAF: A Case Study in Preventing Price Gouging

Let's recap, and make this simple. With G.M.'s decentralized ordering process for the Volt, dealers are in control and will jack up the price. With Nissan's centralized process, customers are in control, so dealers have to fight for the business--sometimes by reducing the price. Another lesson learned on the way to 1 million plug-in cars on U.S. streets.

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By Nick Chambers ·
August 07, 2010

Video: Nissan LEAF Charging Station Home Inspection in Detail

AeroVironment, the exclusive contractor for official Nissan LEAF home charging station equipment installation in the U.S., conducts a pre-installation inspection for PluginCars.com contributor, Nick Chambers. Get an inside look at how the process goes, as well as answers to questions such as warranty, rental concerns, cable length, and safety.

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