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By Zach McDonald ·
May 24, 2010

Will the Leaf Come With Standard Fast-Charging?

If you look at the fine print of the official Nissan Leaf website, you'll discover that Nissan's first EV will not come with a standard Level III fast-charging inlet, which allows owners to charge the car to 80 percent of capacity in just 26 minutes. That's only until the engineering standard for the connector is established, which will probably happen before the gas-pump-sized Level III charging stations are installed.

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By Brad Berman ·
May 21, 2010

Nissan Leaf Price Shows (Again) That EVs are Cheaper in US

Nissan said this week that the Leaf will cost about $37,000 in Europe after incentives. The electric car sells for $40,000 in Japan. But it's $32,780 in the U.S. No, Nissan is not playing games. It's all about variations in import fees, taxes and incentivs.

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By Brad Berman ·
May 13, 2010

Hertz Will Rent the Nissan Leaf

Rental companies anticipate that curious shoppers will want to rent an electric car for a few days to see what they're all about. This could put Hertz in the position of needing to explain about range and charging. Are they up to it?

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By Brad Berman ·
May 08, 2010

Electric Car Battery Costs, Don’t Believe What You Read

The Times of London reported last month that the cost of the 24 kilowatt-hour battery pack in the all-electric Nissan Leaf, due out later this year, is £6,000—or US $375 per kilowatt-hour. That's a few dollars away from what many observers consider to be a tipping point for mass adoption of electric cars. Is it time to cue Kool & the Gang and pop open the champagne? Not quite, say a number of experts—including some leading EV advocates.

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By Brad Berman ·
May 05, 2010

High Gas Prices Make Hawaii a Good Market for Nissan Leaf

Hawaii also the highest gas prices in the country—currently at about $3.50 a gallon. At that price, a car that gets 25 miles per gallon has a fuel cost of 14 cents per mile. At $0.23 per kilowatt-hour, the Nissan leaf has a fuel cost of 5 cents per mile.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 27, 2010

Nissan Breaks Ground on UK Production of Lithium Batteries

Construction of the Renault-Nissan Alliance's first European plant for the production of advanced lithium-ion batteries began today in Sunderland, U.K. Toshiyuki Shiga, chief operating officer of Nissan, said the plants in Sunderland, and one coming online in Portugal, will support electric cars in Europe on “an unprecedented scale."

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By Brad Berman ·
April 26, 2010

Tally of Nissan Leaf Orders

In the US, 7,000 reservation orders in one week. In Japan, 3,750 in three weeks. These numbers look solid, but it's hard to tell how things will trend in the coming weeks.

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By Michael Coates ·
April 22, 2010

Nissan Leaf Early Sales Go to Fleets

The Nissan Leaf has just gone on sale in Japan and early orders show a heavy purchase by fleets rather than individuals. Typically it is individuals that drive new vehicle sales.

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By Brad Berman ·
February 15, 2010

How To Buy a Nissan Leaf: Four Easy Steps

Nissan announced today that the Nissan Leaf will be available to consumers via lease or sale, in a single transaction that includes the battery. Pricing is not yet available, but the company outlined the steps to acquiring the pure electric five-passenger Leaf. Some customers could wait as long as a year after placing an order.

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By John DeCicco ·
January 11, 2010

2010 Detroit Auto Show: Electric Drive Is Here to Stay

The 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit puts to rest once and for all any questions about whether electricity will be integral to the vehicle powertrains of tomorrow. A sampling of this year's Detroit announcements reveals different directions depending on whose electric navigation screen you're viewing at any given moment.

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