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By David Herron ·
April 18, 2013

FedEx Tests Nissan e-NV200 Electric Vans in Singapore

Nissan's e-NV200, the electric version of their NV200 commercial van, is being tested around the world, including a field test in Singapore to determine its suitability for international air cargo delivery. Think of it as a commercial-oriented LEAF.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
April 18, 2013

Rule for EV Battery Health: Location, Location, Location

My LEAF has been driven hard. It’s been rapid-charged more often than most U.S. Leafs because we have many more rapid chargers in the U.K. than there are in any one state in America. So why is its battery pack so healthy? The past few summers in the U.K. have been cold by British standards. This contrasts dramatically with cities like Phoenix, Arizona, where summer temperatures stay in triple-digits for extended periods of time.

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By Tom Moloughney ·
April 16, 2013

Electric Car Dealers Must Address Concerns about Batteries

Car shoppers visiting a dealership to buy a conventional gasoline-powered car know what to expect from the vehicle when they drive it home: things like routine maintenance, life expectancy of major components, and how they will refuel it. These topics rarely need to be discussed at the point of sale anymore. But electric cars are different.

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By Zach McDonald ·
April 12, 2013

L.A. Nissan Dealer Offers Free Gift Cards at Opening of Fast-Charger

On Saturday, April 27 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Nissan of Downtown L.A. will host “Clean Get Away.” The event will offer free food and refreshments to all in attendance, and those who choose to take a Nissan LEAF out for a test drive will receive a free gift card valued at $20 from Real Food Daily, a local restaurant chain serving “100-percent organic plant-based cuisine.”

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
April 11, 2013

Considering the Pros and Cons of Electric Car Battery Leases

Buy a 2013 all-electric Smart ForTwo ED in Europe, and you’ll be asked if you want to lease the battery pack alongside the car—or own the batteries outright. Buy any one of Renault’s four production electric cars, and you’ll have no option but to sign up for a battery lease. While EV battery rental schemes have not hit U.S. shores, they are commonplace with European electric car drivers. With Europeans now getting battery leasing on a wide range of EVs, is it time to start loving battery leases? Or retain measured suspicion?

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By Eric Loveday ·
April 02, 2013

LEAF Sales Soar in March, Volt Remains Stable

Nissan LEAF sales soared to a record high in March 2013, beating the previous high-water mark by a substantial margin. Meanwhile, Chevy Volt sales remained relatively stable.

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By David Herron ·
April 01, 2013

Nissan's Ghosn Defends LEAF as Long-Term Investment

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn reiterated his defense of the Nissan LEAF at the New York auto show last week, outlining several steps Nissan is taking to improve LEAF sales. He denied accusations that Nissan is betting the whole company on EVs.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
March 27, 2013

Turning Over the All-New 2013 Nissan LEAF

In addition to lower prices and three models, the new LEAF offers a myriad of improvements, both big and small. We took them on the road in New York, as the auto show looms.

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By Eric Loveday ·
March 21, 2013

Nissan Launches LEAF TV Ad with High-Tech Sex Appeal

What messages are going to sell electric cars to mainstream American car buyers? In the past, EV-makers have relied on eco-friendly images of polar bears or cars driving past gas stations. Now, Nissan's latest advertising campaign for its all-electric LEAF hits a set of new talking points: fun, mobile apps and a “Made in America” claim.

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By Nick Kurczewski ·
March 13, 2013

Nissan's New Global Electric Car Chief Is Strong Believer in EVs

Nissan has moved Toshiyuki Shiga, its chief operating officer, to the head of its electrical vehicle operations, in what’s being regarded as a determined move by the Japanese automaker to elevate sales of its zero emission lineup, including those of the Nissan LEAF hatchback.“Popularization of EVs is a major issue that people need to address as a global environmental answer to resource and energy issues,” said Shiga.

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