Nissan LEAF News

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By Tom Moloughney ·
August 06, 2010

No Active Thermal Management: Did Nissan Make the Right Call?

After 14 months and 37,000 miles of driving my MINI-E, there is really only one glaring flaw that I can find with the car (besides only two seats that is): The lack of a sophisticated thermal management system. As much as I love the car, and I really do love it, the passive air-cooling battery system is woefully inadequate for the hot summer days, as well as the cold New Jersey winters. I'm not complaining. The MINI-E is is a prototype test mule. On the other hand, I'm not so sure Nissan LEAF customers will be as forgiving if the car, with basically the same temperature management system, falls short of expectations in extreme temperatures.

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By Nick Chambers ·
August 05, 2010

Tesla CEO Rips on Nissan's Battery Technology, Says It's "Primitive"

According to reports, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that he's not worried about being beaten by other companies on a cost per kWh basis when it comes to batteries. In particular, when pressed about the amazing price point Nissan seems to have attained with the batteries that will go in the LEAF (perhaps even as low as $375 per kWh), Musk reportedly said that Nissan uses a “much more primitive level of technology.

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By Zach McDonald ·
July 30, 2010

Nissan's Carlos Tavares Addresses Plug-in 2010

At the Plug‑In 2010 Conference in San Jose, Nissan's executive vice-president of the Americas, Carlos Tavares, discussed plans for the LEAF roll-out and the conditions that will help to make the car a success.

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By Zach McDonald ·
July 29, 2010

Nissan Says it Won't Take a Loss on the LEAF in 2011

According to a report by AllCarsElectric.com, Nissan claims that it does not expect to take a loss on the 2011 LEAF. Director of product planning, Mark Perry, says that the company's long legacy of battery development and first-to-market status put it on a different playing field from other carmakers.

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By Brad Berman ·
July 28, 2010

First Drive of Nissan LEAF: Shatters Range Concerns

The PluginCars.com crew just returned from a one-hour drive through San Francisco in the Nissan LEAF. I had the geeky thrill of driving down Lombard Street—the city’s famed winding street—in the LEAF. But the biggest eye-opener was what we saw on the screen in terms of driving range, as well as what Nissan’s Mark Perry told us about the LEAF’s battery capabilities.

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By Nick Chambers ·
July 27, 2010

Nissan LEAF Rollout Schedule Detailed; Texas and Hawaii in January 2011, Nationwide by Fall of 2011

As we've all known for a while now, the Nissan LEAF will first start hitting showrooms in the five early rollout markets of California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Tennessee in December of this year. In addition to those markets, the LEAF will next become available in Texas and Hawaii by January of 2011. In April Nissan will add the markets of North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina and Alabama. By the fall of 2011 Nissan says that the LEAF will be available for purchase on a nationwide basis.

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By Nick Chambers ·
July 27, 2010

Nissan LEAF Battery Warranty is Same as Chevy Volt: 8 Years/100,000 Miles

Any thought that GM and Nissan don't take their developing electric car rivalry seriously should now be a thing of the past. At Plugin 2010, GM and Nissan are showing that what one does related to their upcoming plug-ins, the other seems to be aggressively mirroring. After the announcement this morning that the Volt will be available for the same lease price as the LEAF, Nissan came out with the announcement that the LEAF will have the same battery warranty as the Volt at 8 years or 100,000 miles.

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By Zach McDonald ·
July 23, 2010

Nissan Still Has Almost 9,000 LEAFs Left to Sell in U.S.

Despite many reports to the contrary, the 2011 Nissan LEAF is in fact, not sold out yet in North America. In late May, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn told the Detroit Economic Club that the company had received 13,000 pre-orders for the car and that it had reached the cap of its U.S. market allotment. But since then it appears that allotment has grown significantly.

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By Zach McDonald ·
July 22, 2010

Nissan and Mitsubishi Join Forces for Plug-in Car Sharing

Nissan and Mitsubishi have joined forces to launch a pilot electric vehicle car-sharing program in Kyoto, Japan. The project will start small—just seven total vehicles at first—but it underlines the potential that such programs hold for advancing plug-in adoption.

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By Zaher Karp ·
July 21, 2010

Nissan Says Most LEAFs Will Be Leased

Nissan North America recently voiced its expectation that the majority of the American LEAF market will be looking to lease rather than buy. Nissan is gathering a good deal of information on those who have expressed interest in the Leaf—the 16,064 individuals who have placed the $99 reservation. The majority are new to the brand, but most already own hybrid-electrics.

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