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By Nick Chambers ·
June 10, 2010

Exclusive: PluginCars.com to Test Drive First Pre-Production LEAF in Japan Next Week

Unquestionably, the Nissan LEAF is a very important car when it comes to the future of transportation. For the past two and a half years I've watched as Nissan has committed themselves to vehicle electrification. But even early on I felt that Nissan fully understood what all it was going to take to dominate the EV market. So, when I was approached by Nissan and asked if I wanted to come to Japan and be one of the first five non-Nissan employees in the world to drive a pre-production LEAF on Nissan's test track in Yokohama, I was honored to accept. Stay tuned to PluginCars.com for pics, videos and lots of coverage of this important event.

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By Nick Chambers ·
June 08, 2010

Use an iPhone, Win a Nissan LEAF?

Apple's Steve Jobs took the stage yesterday to showcase his new baby, the iPhone 4. While the new iPhone turned out to have some pretty cool features the little Easter nugget for the green car nuts among us, myself included, was a cameo appearance by the Nissan LEAF... and the announcement that you'll be able to enter a contest to win your very own LEAF.

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By Nick Chambers ·
June 07, 2010

Nissan LEAF Reaches 6,000 Reservations in Japan; 59% are from 50+ Year Olds

In just two months, reservations for the LEAF in Japan have reached Nissan's total sales goal for the first 3 months of 2011 in that country — 6,000 units. Combine that with the approximately 14,000 $99 reservations that Nissan has lodged in North America, and that brings the total number of global LEAF reservations to 20,000. The most amazing part of that number is that the LEAF reservation process only just opened up on April 1st in Japan and April 20th in North America.

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By Nick Chambers ·
June 04, 2010

In Initial Popularity the Nissan LEAF Seems to be Crushing the Chevy Volt

Nissan LEAF or Chevy Volt? It's an inevitable comparison that potential plug-in car shoppers will make as they start to visit showrooms over the coming year. Both cars have the distinction of being the first modern, affordable passenger EVs to hit the market in a meaningful way. And, according to several online metrics, the LEAF is winning the initial marketing wars.

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By Zach McDonald ·
June 03, 2010

Chevy Volt Will Be Sold in China; Is a LEAF Announcement Next?

The Chevy Volt is headed to China. Although its model name is still under wraps, the Chinese Volt will be sold under the Buick nameplate, which has certain amount of luxury cache in the country. The vehicle will be manufactured in the United States, in the same Michigan plant as the Volt itself.

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By Nick Chambers ·
June 03, 2010

Nissan Expects Prius Owners to Trade Up to a LEAF

More than half of the 130,000 "hand raisers" who signed up for more information about the LEAF were current Toyota Prius owners looking go even greener. This makes sense considering that Nissan has taken a page from Toyota's play book by making the LEAF a standalone product with no resemblance to any vehicle in Nissan's current lineup.

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By Nick Chambers ·
June 03, 2010

What is the True Range of an Electric Car? The Mini E Experience Leaves Many Questions

Current electric car range estimates in the U.S. are based on an EPA test cycle that doesn't truly reflect real-world driving. Based on those standards, the Mini E was supposed to have 156 miles of range, but over the last year and a half, none of the 300 or so Mini E lease customers in the U.S. have achieved much more than 100-110 miles on a charge — roughly 67% less than what the EPA test suggested. Does this mean that the LEAF will actually have a range of 65-70 miles rather than the 100 that Nissan has vigorously stuck with, or is it just a matter of differences in technology and design?

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By Nick Chambers ·
June 01, 2010

Nissan Expects LEAF to Pass Safety Tests with No Problems

Add some potentially flammable lithium-ion batteries into the vehicle mix, and you might be concerned about what could happen in an accident. According to Mark Perry, Nissan's director of product planning and strategy for North America, the LEAF engineers have "done everything they possibly could to try and make [the battery pack] fail," and at this point Nissan is confident the car will be just as safe as a modern conventionally-powered vehicle.

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By Zach McDonald ·
June 01, 2010

Are Lithium Air Batteries the Future of Electric Vehicles?

What if lithium batteries could be lighter, cheaper and at least five times more powerful than those that will power cars like the Chevy Volt, Mitsubishi iMiEV, or Nissan Leaf? Argonne Laboratories says that Lithium air batteries could be all of things and more, and it's using an $8.8 million government grant to develop them.

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By Brad Berman ·
May 27, 2010

13 Key Questions and Answers about Nissan LEAF Battery Pack and Ordering

A Nissan technician on the production line in Smyrna, Tenn. bolts a gas tank into a Maxima. Nissan will run the LEAF on the same line, but will install battery packs instead of gas tanks—and electric motors and components instead of engines and transmissions. Yesterday’s groundbreaking for Nissan’s Smyrna, Tenn. battery plant allowed us to do a deep dive with Mark Perry, Nissan's director of product planning for the Nissan LEAF.

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