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By Nick Chambers ·
June 22, 2010

Nissan GT-R Supercar to Eventually Go Electric?

While other companies like Audi, Tesla, and Fisker are taking the top down approach to electric cars by releasing heart pounding electric supercars initially, and then letting that technology trickle down to more modestly priced family cars eventually, Nissan has taken a decidedly more mundane approach by starting with a relatively affordable family car and expanding their electric portfolio from there. So far Nissan has said that, in addition to the LEAF, they will be building an all-electric cargo truck, an electric luxury Infiniti, and some as-yet-unannounced smallish niche-type city car. Yet Nissan also has the GT-R supercar in their lineup and is, apparently, thinking about its potential future as an electric car.

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By Nick Chambers ·
June 21, 2010

Nissan Will Train EV Service Technicians in California

Certainly, the conventional wisdom is that EVs will be in the shop far less often than a combustion powered car. But, even so, given that the LEAF is version 1 it is bound to have some glitches and will be in the shop for a tune up occasionally. Today Nissan announced that future U.S. LEAF techs in the Northwest will be trained in a facility they just opened up in Livermore, California. The training center will encompass 23,000-square-feet and provide courses in heating and cooling systems, chassis integrity, and diagnostics, among other things.

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By Nick Chambers ·
June 21, 2010

National Federation of the Blind Not Happy With Nissan LEAF EV Alert Sounds

Having just come back from a week in Japan where I got to test drive the Nissan LEAF for about a half hour, I experienced the LEAF pedestrian alert sounds first hand and my conclusion was that they were no big deal — hell, I couldn't even hear them inside the car, and outside the car they were very faint. In fact, after further reflection I'd call them almost pleasing. But when it comes to the silence of electric cars, it seems there's no satisfaction to be had.

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By Nick Chambers ·
June 16, 2010

(VIDEO) First Drive: Nissan LEAF — Alert Sounds are No Big Deal

Electric cars are so quiet that advocates for the blind, elderly and young children have raised concerns about a potential increase in accidents between pedestrians and ultra-quiet vehicles. Potential customers of the vehicles shoot back that adding noises to electric cars destroys one of their great benefits. Given pending legislation in the U.S. Congress to require alert sounds in quiet cars, Nissan has decided to get in front of the curve with the first generation LEAF. And, after my experience this week, I can tell you that any dissatisfaction with EV alert sounds — at least on the LEAF — is completely misplaced.

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By Nick Chambers ·
June 16, 2010

(VIDEO) First Drive: Nissan LEAF — It's Roomy Inside, Even for Tall Folks

The question of whether or not a tall person will fit comfortably in the LEAF is one of the most frequently asked questions I get. And, after my test drive yesterday I can tell you, unequivocally, yes you will fit. Nissan has pulled off a design coup with the LEAF. As you'll see in the video, not only is there enough head- and legroom for really tall people in both the front and back seats, there is a bounty of room overflowing from the roomy cup.

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By Zach McDonald ·
June 15, 2010

Nissan Will Make 36,000 More Batteries to Keep up With LEAF Demand

Having filled its American reservation list in a matter of weeks and with more than 13,000 orders worldwide for its LEAF already, Nissan has decided to increase its lithium ion battery production. The carmaker says that the expansion will increase its annual production capacity from 54,000 units a year to 90,000.

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By Zach McDonald ·
June 15, 2010

A Wide Range of Range Numbers for the Nissan LEAF

Nissan testers reported ranges of between 47 and 138 miles—a variation of 91 miles—depending on driving conditions. Why does this issue concern us? Because right now, automakers are oversimplifying—if not overstating—the range of their electric cars.

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By Zach McDonald ·
June 14, 2010

British Electric Vehicle Subsidy in Jeopardy

In the wake of an election that saw the British Labour party lose power for the first time in 13 years, £230 million in subsidies that were intended to encourage electric vehicle adoption in England could be revoked. The initiative would have cut up to £5,000 from the cost of electric vehicles in the U.K., but it wasn't announced until March and under British law, all new government spending approved during an election year is subject to review by the incoming parliament.

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By Zach McDonald ·
June 11, 2010

Nissan Releases Details on Leaf's 'Approaching Vehicle Sound for Pedestrians' System

Invitees to Nissan's exclusive Leaf preview next week will be the first to experience the car's "Approaching Vehicle Sound for Pedestrians" system. Nissan says that the sound won't be audible to passengers inside of the car and will be restricted to certain frequencies that won't "add unnecessary noise to the environment."

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By Nick Chambers ·
June 10, 2010

New British PM Confirms 20 Million Pound Grant For Nissan's British LEAF Plant

New British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has confirmed to the British Parliament that a 20 million pound loan for Nissan to retrofit a factory in England to build LEAFs from 2012 would still be allocated to Nissan, regardless of any cost cutting measures. Nissan had been unsure of the plant's future at one point, and if the British government had backed out of the deal, Nissan may have opted for another European location.

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