We have lots of news about the Nissan Leaf. What is realistic pricing on a Tesla? And have you seen the world's coolest taxi? It's the Week In Reverse for Friday, July 4, 2014, right here at Green Car Reports.
Electric-car sales results rolled in from June, and the Nissan Leaf continued its reign, on a monthly basis, as the longtime top-selling electric car in the U.S. Its year-to-date sales put it up about a third over the same period in 2013.
Three and a half years after the first Leaf was sold, Nissan just announced the replacement cost for its battery pack. At about $5,500 it's less than transmission replacement for some luxury cars. Nissan also this week summed that in the U.S. there are currently more than 630 of the quick-charging units capable of giving the Leaf an 80-percent charge in about a half hour. That's nearly four times as many quick charging sites versus last year. And we took a look at why workplace charging in particular is so important; as a report recently confirmed, it sells more electric vehicles.
Although Toyota hasn't said why, the launch of the next-generation Prius has been pushed back by about six months. With a production start now scheduled for December 2015, it's still about a year and a half away—and you could wait nearly a year longer for the plug-in version.
Regulation plays a role, through and through, in shaping the cars that show up on the market. Toyota has some ambitious plans for its upcoming Fuel Cell Sedan in the U.S.; but it turns out the automaker first needs a two-year exemption on a federal safety rule before bringing it to market. And, good news for producers of biofuels and natural gas, as the U.S. Supreme Court declined the appeal waged by Big Oil and ethanol producers, alleging that California's low-carbon fuel standard requirements are discriminating against out-of-state producers.
Realistic: That's the word that a top-ranking Tesla Motors official used to describe how Tesla's upcoming smaller sedan, still nearly two and a half years away, will be priced. That could make it quite the disruption for entry sport sedans from Audi and BMW.
And finally, we found the world's coolest taxi. It's a Tesla Model S, and if you want to call it eco-tourism, after flying to Norway to flag it down for a ride, we won't think ill of you.