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By Zaher Karp ·
July 19, 2010

CNBC Test Drive Gives Nod to LEAF

There's a strong temptation to compare Nissan and Chevy's competing—but very different—electrified offerings for 2011. Phil LeBeau, CNBC's automotive reporter, is one of the few to test drive the LEAF and was also first to test drive an earlier build of the Volt, putting him in a rather unique position to do just that.

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By Brad Berman ·
July 16, 2010

Nissan: Sorry, No Exceptions to Charging Equipment Process

After a prospective LEAF buyer plunks down $99 for a pre-order deposit, Nissan, working with Aeronvironment—its charging equipment provider—sends out a contractor to assess the electrical service of the customer’s house. Sounds pleasant enough until the itemized bill arrives. Some customers, especially the hundreds of people who already own one of the previous generation of electric cars, are unhappy.

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By Nick Chambers ·
July 15, 2010

Video: Electrification Coalition Launches New Ad Campaign; Plug-ins are the Future

Although the Electrification Coalition has largely been traveling under the radar for the past two years, it appears that now—in the face of stalled electric car deployment legislation in D.C.—they are launching a new offensive to get the word out about their vision of a plug-in-car-filled future.

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By Zach McDonald ·
July 14, 2010

California Gives Plug-in Drivers HOV Access

A new class of privileged drivers is about to emerge thanks to California Assembly Bill 1500, which will give full HOV access to all Inherently Low Emissions Vehicles (or ILEV.) An unlimited number of new white HOV stickers will be issued beginning on January 1, 2011 and expire in 2015. That means all plug-in electrics, compressed natural gas vehicles and fuel cell vehicles will be getting the privileges once given to hybrids.

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By Brad Berman ·
July 08, 2010

Edmunds Puts 2011 Nissan Leaf Through Its Paces

Between Nissan media missives and reports from the blogosphere, we have a pretty good idea about the most important metrics for the Nissan LEAF. What’s been lacking so far is information about the LEAF’s driving manners. Fortunately, Edmunds’s John O’Dell got behind the wheel of the LEAF yesterday and reported on his experience on the real streets of La Jolla, Calif.

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By Nick Chambers ·
July 06, 2010

Renault Shows Off DeZir Electric Sports Car Concept; Hints at New Design Philosophy

In preparation for its official unveiling at the upcoming Paris Motor Show, Renault has released some teaser images of the DeZir all-electric concept sports car. Although the DeZir is purely a concept car at this point, Renault is strongly hinting that it shows not only the direction they plan on heading with sports cars in the future, but that it is indicative of a new overarching design and styling philosophy across the entire Renault brand. Given that Renault and Nissan are very much entwined at the hip, could we also be seeing a design hint for upcoming Nissan/Infiniti electric cars?

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By Zach McDonald ·
July 05, 2010

Lance Armstrong Sells the Nissan LEAF in the Car's First Television Spot

The Nissan LEAF's first model year is sold out in the United States but unless oil prices spike, future customers will have to be convinced that Nissan's superior vision for transportation is worth paying thousands of dollars more for. The LEAF's first television ad features Lance Armstrong and works to sell that vision.

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By Nick Chambers ·
July 01, 2010

Washington State Plans on Creating Nation's First "Electric Highway"

Just this week, the governor of Washington announced that the state would be the first in the nation to roll out an electric highway. With a $1.32 million grant from stimulus funds, Washington aims to put a series of charge stations all up and down the I-5 corridor between Canada and Oregon as part of the EV Project; Seattle alone has plans for 2,500 charge spots. Altogether the EV Project aims at deploying more than 15,000 charge stations in 5 states — Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona and Tennessee.

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By Nick Chambers ·
June 28, 2010

Panel of Electric Car Insiders Says Plug-ins Will Only be Successful with Collaboration

At a Congress in Bilbao, Spain this week, a panel of plug-in experts and industry insiders concluded that electric vehicles can only be successful in the long term if all the stakeholders collaborate and share technology and designs. Although there have been a few recent tendencies in that direction, most of the panel agreed that there needs to be much more—especially as it relates to collaboration between utilities and automakers.

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By Zach McDonald ·
June 25, 2010

GM and Nissan Downplay Potential for Price Gouging on Early Plug-ins

Will dealerships take advantage of the limited number of plug-ins that will be available in 2011 by jacking prices thousands of dollars above MSRP? It's a practice that is common with new limited-supply, high-demand products, but Chevy and Nissan are both downplaying the potential issue.

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