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Nissan Leaf $5,500 Battery Replacement Loses Money, Company Admits

Nissan Leaf $5,500 Battery Replacement Loses Money, Company Admits

Last month, electric-car owners finally learned the price of a replacement battery pack for the Nissan Leaf: a surprisingly low $5,500 after the old pack is traded in. Many advocates and Leaf owners promptly seized on the price to "prove" that Nissan could now build batteries for less than $250 per... read more

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2011 Nissan Leaf prototype

Nissan Leaf New Battery Cost: $5,500 For Replacement With Heat-Resistant Chemistry

Three and a half years after the first Nissan Leaf went on sale, Nissan has announced the cost of a replacement lithium-ion battery pack for its electric car. It's a... read more June 28, 2014 by 


 
Tesla Model S taxi in Stavanger, Norway  [photo: Andrew Henderson]

Tesla Model S Electric Car: Simply The World's Coolest Taxi

What kind of taxis do you ride in? Battered old Crown Vics? High-mileage Toyota Priuses or Ford Escape Hybrids? Our bet is that unless you've recently spent some time in... read more June 27, 2014 by 


 
2014 Nissan Leaf, Bear Mountain, May 2014

Will Georgia's $5,000 Electric-Car Tax Credit Be Axed In 2015?

Early this year, we wrote about efforts in the Georgia state legislature to kill the state's $5,000 income-tax credit for purchasing a battery-electric vehicle. Among the... read more June 26, 2014 by 


 
2014 BMW i3 (German-market version), Amsterdam, Oct 2013

Will Hollywood Abandon Tesla Model S For BMW i3 Electric Car?

Electric cars can be confusing enough to neophytes--a car that you plug in at night just like a phone ?!?!?--but when you add in social status signifiers, it can all get... read more June 19, 2014 by 


 
Nissan e-NV200 electric van prototype, Oppama, Japan, Oct 2012

Nissan e-NV200 Electric-Van Battery Adds Thermal Conditioning

The Nissan Leaf is by far the world's best-selling electric car, but one of the ways Nissan has kept its cost down is by eliminating an active-cooling system for its... read more June 17, 2014 by 


 
2014 BMW i3 REx range-extended electric car owned by Tom Moloughney - in dealership showroom

BMW i3 Electric Car Buyers: Mostly New To BMW (But Not i8 Owners)

The 2014 BMW i3 is proving to be very effective at luring new buyers to BMW--buyers who haven't before owned one of its cars. Such buyers, known as conquests, are highly... read more June 9, 2014 by 


 
2014 Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S Electric Car: Software Updates Since 2012

While today's Tesla Model S electric car may look just the same as the first one that rolled off the line two years ago, it's had quite a few hardware updates under the... read more June 6, 2014 by 


 
2013 Tesla Model S on Chilcotin Highway, Canada [photo: owner Vincent Argiro]

Tesla Annual Meeting Yesterday: What We Learned That Was New

Tesla Motors held its annual shareholder meeting yesterday afternoon, and as always, a few nuggets of news emerged from CEO Elon Musk. You can read a complete transcript... read more June 4, 2014 by 


 
2014 Nissan Leaf, Bear Mountain, May 2014

Plug-In Electric Car Sales In May: Highest-Ever Leaf Total, First BMW i3 Numbers: FINAL UPDATE

Well, chalk up another first for Nissan: It sold 3,117 Leaf electric cars in the U.S. last month. That's not only its best-ever one-month sales performance, but it's the... read more June 4, 2014 by 


 
2013 Tesla Model S in old-growth forest, Bella Coola Valley, Canada [photo: owner Vincent Argiro]

NJ Bill To Permit Direct Sales By Electric-Car Maker Tesla To Be Heard Tomorrow

The guerilla warfare between auto dealers and Tesla Motors continues, with the latest skirmish happening tomorrow in New Jersey. Perhaps war analogies are overstating the... read more June 4, 2014 by 


 
2014 Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S Electric Car: What Has Changed Since 2012?

Tesla Motors only reveals its production figures every quarter, but it has now likely built about 50,000 of its all-electric Model S luxury sport sedan. The company also... read more June 2, 2014 by 


 
2014 Nissan Leaf, Bear Mountain, May 2014

2014 Nissan Leaf: Bestselling Electric Car, Driven By Newbie

If variety is the spice of life, it’s also the spice of the car industry, where the weirdest and most extreme models in any given segment often attract the most... read more May 28, 2014 by 


 
2013 Tesla Model S in old-growth forest, Bella Coola Valley, Canada [photo: owner Vincent Argiro]

Owning A Tesla Model S: New Book Offers Tips, Tricks, Inside Info (Book Review)

Regular readers of Tesla forums will recognize the name of Nick J. Howe, whose hundreds of astute comments recently earned him accolades for "best forum postings over time,"... read more May 27, 2014 by 


 
2013 Fiat 500e electric car, Los Angeles drive event, April 2013

Chrysler CEO Underscores, Again: Electric Fiat 500e Loses Money

OK, clearly he shouldn't have said, "I hope you don't buy it." But last week's little media explosion over Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne's negative comments on the 2014... read more May 27, 2014 by 


 
2014 BMW i3 REx range-extended electric car owned by Tom Moloughney - in front of house

2014 BMW i3 REx: Range-Extended Electric Car Drive Report, By Very First Owner

This past Wednesday, May 21, I picked up my shiny new 2014 BMW i3 REx range-extended electric car from JMK BMW in Springfield, New Jersey. The car, in Laurel Grey, was the... read more May 24, 2014 by 


 
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