2011 Nissan LEAF

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf 4-door HB SL Instrument Cluster

    There’s nothing better than a scientific test to prove or disprove a theory. So when Nissan executive vice president Andy Palmer described the recent reports of battery capacity loss in its Leaf electric car as nothing more than a ‘faulty battery level display’ earlier this month, a group of Leaf owners in Phoenix, Arizona decided to put his claims to the test. Organized by electric car advocate and Leaf owner Tony Williams, a mass range test of a dozen Nissan Leafs will be carried out this coming weekend in Phoenix, Arizona, to find out if a loss of capacity bars on the...

  • Nissan Leaf: Lost Battery Capacity
    2011 Nissan Leaf Battery Capacity Loss: Nissan Responds

    Just under a month ago, we reported a few cases in which owners of 2011 Nissan Leafs had noticed the first of twelve lights on their car’s battery capacity gauge had switched off, indicating a marked deterioration in battery capacity after just one year. Now Nissan has released an official...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf SL
    2012 Nissan Leaf: No More Reservation Fees, Buy Like Any Other Car

    When Nissan first launched the 2011 Leaf, it introduced an online reservation system for would-be owners of the all-electric hatchback. Instead of relying on Nissan dealers to assess demand, Nissan opened up a dedicated reservation website, where those interested could pay $99 to be given a place...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf SL
    Want To Upgrade Your Leaf Charger To 6.6-kW? It Might Not Happen

    The Nissan Leaf may not be able to have its battery recharger upgraded.

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt drive test, March 2011
    Three Tips To Help You Drive Your Electric Car This Winter

    As anyone who has lived in the Pacific Northwest will tell you, cities like Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon are known for their damp, dreary winter months. This winter, as with many other parts of the U.S., heavy snowfall is taking the place of rain, turning the usually temperate Northwest...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf - battery pack
    Tsunami-Damaged Nissan Leafs Show Strength Of Battery Packs

    When we wrote last year about the 2011 Nissan Leaf being waterboarded for your safety, little did we know an even sterner test was about to challenge the safety of Nissan's electric car. The devastating and tragic results of the March tsunami shook Japan to the core, and resulted in the country's...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf SL

    How do you mark the first year of sales of an electric car? You sing Happy Birthday to it, of course. At least, that’s what Nissan North America chose to do to mark the one year anniversary of the Nissan Leaf electric car being sold in the U.S. But it wasn’t people or polar bears singing to the praise of the all-electric hatchback: it was electrical outlets. In a cutesy, 30 second short, twenty-seven animated 110-volt outlets sing Happy Birthday, accompanied only by a piano playing the melody of the 99-year-old classic. We’re not sure if it’s the anthropomorphic...

  • Nissan's 10 minuite rapid charger
    Nissan Develops 10-Minute Rapid Charger For Leaf Electric Car

    [EDIT: Since publishing this story, it has come to our attention that this story is indeed about storage technology, not charging technology. We're investigating our sources to try and better understand the advancement made in Japan] The time it takes an electric car to fully recharge from empty...

  • Ottawa resident Ricardo Borba takes delivery of the first consumer Nissan LEAF in Canada
    First 2011 Nissan Leaf Electric Car Delivered To Canada

    O Canada, you've given the world so much: Keanu Reeves, Celine Dion, Pamela Anderson Lee Ritchie Salomon, poutine. Now, the world -- or at least Nissan -- is giving you something in return: your very first 2011 Nissan Leaf. The vehicle was purchased by Ottawa resident Ricardo Borba and delivered by...

  • ESB ecars Nissan Leaf Cannonball team at the finish
    Video: Irish Cannonball Run 2011 Nissan Leaf Home And Dry

    A few weeks back we brought you news that a team entered into the famous Cannonball Run, this year held in Ireland, would be doing the trip in a 2011 Nissan Leaf. We missed the end of their journey as the excitement of the Frankfurt Show got in the way, but we're pleased to report the ESB ecars...

  • ESB ecars Nissan Leaf Cannonball team
    Quiet As A... Cannonball? Nissan Leaf Enters Road Trip

    While dozens of supercars will be revving up their engines ready for the start of Ireland's upcoming Cannonball Run, the ESB ecars team will be off to a much quieter start. The ESB team's 2011 Nissan Leaf is the first electric car to participate in the Cannonball Run which starts this Friday...

  • U.K. National Grid and Nissan Leafs
    2011 Nissan Leaf Helps Underground Utility Company

    A 2011 Nissan Leaf is providing transportation through the city for the team that's building new power conduit tunnels throughout central London.

  • Uk, 2011 Nissan Leaf

    At the end of March this year, I took delivery of our very own 2011 Nissan Leaf. After the first week, we shared with you the good and bad side of Nissan’s first all-electric hatchback and even reported on a mammoth 520-mile two-day trek utilizing the U.K.’s dealer network of D.C. rapid charging stations. Now, just like our 5,000 mile report, it’s time for an update after five months and 8,000 miles of ownership, sharing what the last 3,000 miles have taught us. Freeway trips aren’t as tough as we thought While we were pretty adventurous for the first 5,000 miles of...

  • First 2011 Nissan Leaf delivered to buyer, San Francisco, Dec 2010, photo by Eugene Lee
    Chicago Will Get Nissan Leaf Early Because It Loves Electric Cars

    The City of Chicago has put so much time and money into supporting electric cars that Nissan has decided to reward Illinois by moving forward the planned Chicago launch of its Leaf electric hatchback to this Fall. In February this year, Gov. Quinn of Illinois signed a bill investing $1 million in...

  • Hertz electric-car rental press event, New York City, September 2010
    Hertz, Marriott Bring Electric Cars And Hotels Together In San Francisco

    Popular airport rental car firm Hertz has been working alongside Hotel chain Marriott for 30 years to unite weary travelers with a set of wheels while they’re away from home -- but now visitors to San Francisco can opt to rent an electric car from the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf State of Charge and Miles remaining
    Want A More Accurate Battery Gauge For Your Nissan Leaf? Here’s How

    Every time a new car launches, someone somewhere will try and improve on whatever its maker produced. Traditionally, this has meant improvements on things like seating, engine power and entertainment systems -- but in the world of eco-driving, devices which help improve the driver's awareness of...

  • Ryan Reynolds Nissan Leaf Spokesperson
    2012 Nissan Leaf: The Electric-Car Basics You Need To Know

    The 2012 Nissan Leaf is the second generation of Nissan’s all-electric family hatchback, following on from the highly popular 2011 Nissan Leaf. But one year on from the original Leaf's launch, what's different in the 2012 model? Here's our list of things we think you need to know about the...

  • Tesla Motors - Model S lithium-ion battery pack
    Got An Electric Car? How About Pre-Paying For Its Next Battery Pack?

    We’ve all heard the shock stories -- generally from media outlets which haven’t fully researched the topic -- saying that the battery pack in your electric car will only last a few years and then cost you thousands upon thousands of dollars to replace. We think its unlikely that most...

  • Top Gear Stage Another Electric Car Stunt

    A little over a week ago, the BBC aired an episode of its popular motoring entertainment program Top Gear in which presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May searched in vain for an electric-car charging station. They needed to recharge their fully-drained 2011 Nissan Leaf in the rural English county of Lincolnshire. Needless to say, they had purposely exhausted the car's battery, and chosen a place known for its lack of electric-car charging stations. As with past Top Gear segments involving electric cars, many plug-in fans weren’t impressed. Neither was Nissan. But while some British...

  • BBC Top Gear Team Use Handicapped Spaces
    Top Gear On Electric Cars: “We Are Allowed To Put Into A Film What We Want To”

    Uh-ho. Those crafty chaps known as the BBC Top Gear team may have thought they got away with their recent review of the 2011 Nissan Leaf and 2011 Peugeot iOn (a rebadged predecessor to the 2012 Mitsubishi i) - but they would be wrong. The fur started flying yesterday, when Nissan Senior Vice...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf
    Nissan, Mitsubishi, Toyota Turn Electric Cars Into Backup Batteries

    Ask most people which car would be best to have in a disaster and they’re likely to name something like a Humvee. While the now deceased gas-guzzling Humvee be good for navigating through deserted streets and clearing obstacles in the road it can’t help you cook a meal. But it turns out...

  • First 2011 Nissan Leaf delivered to buyer, San Francisco, Dec 2010, photo by Eugene Lee
    Will CA Still Have Electric Car Rebates? Today Is Judgement Day

    As we reported back in December last year and again last month, California’s $4.1 million Clean Vehicle Rebate Project has now run out of money. If you’re one of the early adopters who has been lucky enough to buy a 2011 Nissan Leaf, or 2011 Tesla Roadster in the state since 2010 you...

  • Portland CHAdeMO quick-charging station (publicly accessible)
    Portland, Oregon: Why Is It A Leading Electric Vehicle Market?

    Portland was chosen as one of the first markets for both the 2011 Nissan Leaf and 2011 Chevrolet Volt—and at least for the Leaf, the density of charging stations and the presence of that CHAdeMO quick-charger probably had something to do with it.

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf drives from San Diego to Tucson
    Electric Car Fan Takes 2011 Leaf on 480 Mile Road Trip

    You have to go from San Diego, CA to Tucson, AZ, a distance of around 480 miles. With a variety of options available to you, which do you choose? Most people wouldn’t hesitate to book a flight, and some would even consider the train. But one electric car fan decided to make the trip in his...

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