Nissan Leaf News

  • Chevy Bolt EV vs. Nissan Leaf Plus

    We’re a long way from peak electric car, but we’ve finally left base camp. Big strides in battery capacity mean that picking between the 238-mile 2019 Chevy Bolt EV and the recently boosted 226-mile 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus comes down to a dozen miles of range. After a week behind the wheel of both electric cars, I’m not sure there are a dozen reasons to buy the Chevy over the Nissan. When it went on sale last year, the Leaf impressed us with its refinement, but its subpar 151-mile range made it hard to rationalize over the Bolt EV. The Leaf Plus arrived earlier this year with...

  • 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus  -  Driven, March 2019
    2019 Nissan Leaf Plus: Drive review of long-range electric car

    If more power, a 226-mile range, and a $39,405 base price—before considering the full $7,500 federal EV tax credit you can still get—collectively seems like the sweet spot for the Leaf, you probably have GM to thank. Nissan has admitted that it never planned to push the Leaf above a...

  • Tesla Model Y  -  introduction, Hawthorne CA, March 2019
    Tesla comparisons, Jaguar I-Pace and Chevy Bolt EV drives: The Week in Reverse

    Which self-driving system didn't rank well in the latest study? What car has given us range anxiety at least once? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending March 22, 2019. This week ended with lots of announcements from automakers...

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    Tesla Model 3 vs. Nissan Leaf, VW diesels, electric off-roaders: Today's Car News

    Tesla is starting to have some competition. We lay out the pluses and minuses of the new base Tesla Model 3 against the new longer-range Nissan Leaf Plus. One of the biggest makers of recreational vehicles looks poised for more electric ones thanks to a new deal. And despite Volkswagen's big plans...

  • Porsche Taycan prototype
    BMW X3 plug-in, 400,000 Leafs, Audi e-tron Sportback, Fiat EV: Today's Car News

    BMW and Audi are rounding out their lineups with new plug-in and electric SUVs. Customizable Fiat Centoventi concept could show a replacement for the 500e. And the Nissan Leaf retains its global EV sales lead with 400,000 cars. All this and more on Green Car Reports. BMW announced that it will sell...

  • 2019 Nissan Leaf
    Nissan Leaf crosses 400,000 cumulative global sales

    With Tesla looming in its rearview mirrors, the little Nissan Leaf is chuffing ahead in the global electric-car sales race. The company that built the original modern electric car announced on Tuesday that it sold its 400,000th copy of the Leaf worldwide, just as the longer-range Leaf Plus version...

  • 2019 Nissan Leaf

    When it arrives in dealers this month, the longer-range 2019 Nissan Leaf S Plus will cost $37,445, including destination, the automaker said Friday. That's in line with what we expected from documents leaked earlier this year, and drives the net price of the compact hatchback close to $30,000, if federal rebates are maxed. The Leaf S Plus is equipped with 16-inch wheels, an 8.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, cloth upholstery, but no active safety features. Heated seats are optional on the base model. DON'T MISS: Read our 2019 Nissan Leaf...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf, Nashville, October 2010
    2019 Nissan Leaf Plus vs. 2011 Nissan Leaf: 5 takeaways over 8 years

    When a completely new vehicle is introduced, it's generally around for five to seven years before an entirely redesigned generation of that vehicle is launched. By that measure, the 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus we reviewed earlier this week is ancient, with a basic structure in its ninth model...

  • 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus, San Diego area, Feb 2019
    First drive review: The 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus delivers more power, 226-mile range at last

    At the moment, there are more Nissan Leafs on the world’s roads than any other electric car in history—closing in on 400,000. As of Jan 1, Nissan had delivered 380,000 Leafs globally, 130,000 of them in the United States. Nissan is entirely aware that honor may not last long. It all...

  • 2017 Tesla Model 3, in photo tweeted by Elon Musk on July 9, 2017
    Tesla profits, GM doubles down on EVs, Mustang and 911 hybrids: The Week in Reverse

    Which company showed a new hybrid system this week? What new retro-themed electric car does Volkswagen plan to build? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending Feb. 1, 2019. The news this week centered around Tesla, as it often...

  • 2017 Tesla Model 3
    Peak gas-engine, Nissan Leaf, Tesla sales, electric Cadillacs and Harleys: The Week in Reverse

    What company will sell and manage installation of home chargers for new Audi e-tron electric models? Which engines were involved in the latest diesel emissions settlement? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending Jan. 11, 2018...

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    Tesla drops 75Ds, Nissan Leaf Plus, EPA head, peak internal-combustion: Today's Car News

    We look at what sets the Nissan Leaf Plus apart. President Trump nominates Andrew Wheeler as EPA chief. And analysts report that the world may already have reached peak sales for internal combustion engines. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the company will...

  • 2019 Nissan Leaf

    Earlier this week, at an event coordinated with the Consumer Electronics Show, Nissan introduced the Leaf Plus, a new longer-range of Nissan’s compact electric car. The 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus, which will reach dealerships this spring, finally offers more than the 200 miles that many Americans seem to see as the new minimum for driving range. It has a 62-kwh battery pack and Nissan expects it to be rated at an estimated 226 miles. DON'T MISS: 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus revealed: 226-mile range, quicker acceleration Although many will hone in on the Plus model’s greater range...

  • 2019 Nissan Leaf
    2019 Nissan Leaf Plus revealed: 226-mile range, quicker acceleration

    Nissan unveiled Tuesday a new version of the 2019 Leaf electric car, called the Leaf Plus or Leaf e+, that can go well over 200 miles on a charge. Although such a model has been a long time coming, the 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus stands as strong evidence that in the eight years since the first...

  • 2015 Nissan Leaf
    Some used electric-car prices start tracking higher

    Yes, really. Used electric cars have appreciated in value, in some cases. Call it a market adjustment or a momentary blip. You have one more thing to toast this new year: that the value of your electric vehicle probably isn’t plunging as rapidly as it was. It may, actually have gone up in...

  • Boring Company opens first test tunnel in LA, Dec. 2018
    Nissan muscles up electric marketing, VW ID testing, Tesla fire: Today's Car News

    A new Chinese electric carmaker plans to sell electric cars in the U.S. via the owner of the defunct automaker Coda. A new Tesla Model S unexpectedly caught fire—twice—after getting a flat tire in California. And Volkswagen teased a video and images of its new I.D. electric hatchbacks...

  • 2018 Nissan Leaf
    How Nissan hopes to market its future electric cars

    The Nissan Leaf with a roughly 60-kilowatt-hour battery was expected to make its public debut at the LA Auto Show earlier this month. It didn’t. That car is expected to appear “very soon,” perhaps at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show to be held in Las Vegas next month. DON'T...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Volt
    Tesla Model 3, long-range Nissan Leaf, cutting tax credits: Today's Car News

    The Trump administration plans to end tax credits for plug-in cars. The EPA released official range and efficiency estimates for the Tesla Model 3 Mid Range. The long range Nissan Leaf is a no-show at the 2018 LA Auto Show—now we hear why. And we ask what should happen with the Chevrolet...

  • 2017 Nissan Leaf showing battery pack (Source: Nissan)

    One key car was missing from the electric lineup at last month's LA auto show: the updated, long-range Nissan Leaf. Leaf fans have been eagerly anticipating the long-range car, potentially called e-Plus in some markets. Early reports note that it will have an all-new 60-kilowatt-hour battery good for a range up to about 220 miles, a significant improvement over the current 40-kwh battery with its 151 miles of range. In a first for Nissan, the new battery reportedly will have cells made by supplier LG Chem, not internally by Nissan. Dealer order guides in October even revealed pricing and trim...

  • Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show
    Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn reportedly arrested over financial misdealing

    Nissan Group CEO Carlos Ghosn, widely credited as the father of the Nissan Leaf, allegedly lied about his salary to investors and used company assets for personal use, the automaker said Monday. Nissan announced that an internal investigation of Ghosn and a top deputy, American Representative...

  • Nissan Frontier Sentinel concept  -  São Paulo auto show
    Nissan Frontier pickup made mission-ready with two Leaf battery packs

    In a concept vehicle for the São Paulo Motor Show, Nissan has outfitted its local-market Frontier pickup with two Leaf battery packs—creating what it’s calling the Frontier Sentinel. But it’s not anything close to what you might suspect. The Sentinel isn’t...

  • Massachusetts updates green-car parking signs at Logan Airport [CREDIT: JOHN BRIGGS]
    MA updates signs to allow electric-vehicle parking: reader success story

    Bureaucracies have some funny ways of saying they were wrong and you were right. Even if they can't tell you they made a mistake, it's nice to see them fix a problem they created. The latest bureaucracy to demonstrate this is Massport, which operates the parking garages at Boston's Logan...

  • 2018 Nissan Leaf SL
    Documents: 60-kwh Nissan Leaf pricing aligned with Chevy Bolt EV

    Even before the second-generation Leaf was introduced last year, it was an open secret that Nissan planned an extended-range, 60-kwh version of the Leaf. Now our friends CarsDirect have found some documents—U.S. order guides that dealerships plan their orders and marketing...

  • Consumer Reports tests Tesla Model 3 braking [CREDIT: Consumer Reports]
    Consumer Reports ranks Tesla Autopilot second among self-driving systems

    In the latest ranking of automaker self-driving systems, Tesla's popular Autopilot system ranked second to Cadillac's Super Cruise system. The ratings come from Consumer Reports, which tested the cars on its test track and on local highways, in both lead and following positions. The organization...