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  • Rick and Linda SantAngelo with the 2011 Nissan Leaf at 96,000 miles

    The 2018 Nissan Leaf will likely be revealed within the next three months, but more than 100,000 older Leaf electric cars are still silently in use on U.S. roads. Some of them, especially the lowest-range cars from the two earliest model years (2011 and 2012), have started to see significant battery capacity degradation. That was the case with Rick and Linda SantAngelos' 2011 Nissan Leaf after 90,000 miles: it had only 30 to 35 miles of range left on a battery originally EPA-rated at 73 miles of range. DON'T MISS: Lessons learned from early electric car: 2011 Nissan Leaf at 90,000 miles That...

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    Latest teaser for 2018 Nissan Leaf shows ProPilot Assist self-driving capability

    Nissan has begun to release a slow trickle of information about the 2018 Leaf electric car, but the latest teaser has nothing to do with its zero-emission powertrain. Instead, Nissan has revealed the 2018 Leaf will arrive with ProPilot Assist, the automaker's driver-assistance technology. The...

  • Teaser for 2018 Nissan Leaf debuting in 2017
    2018 Nissan Leaf: rumored timing, steps for U.S. rollout

    With the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV on the market since December and Tesla Model 3 deliveries said to start within a few months, the upcoming 2018 Nissan Leaf is in danger of getting lost in the noise level. The second generation of Nissan's pioneering electric car will likely be unveiled within the...

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    Lots of ways to get $10K off 2017 Nissan Leaf electric car by end of June

    The 2017 Nissan Leaf might well be the hottest electric car deal on the market right now, with a slew of potential discounts. Nissan is working with numerous partners to provide $10,000 off a 2017 Leaf lease, which adds to the $7,500 federal income-tax credit, giving a total of $17,500 in...

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    Nissan electric SUV to be shown as concept car this year

    The 2018 Nissan Leaf may be the brand's next electric vehicle to soak up attention, but several reports have indicated that Nissan plans to flesh out its lineup with an electric crossover. That all-electric SUV will likely be previewed with a Vmotion 3.0 concept, which will follow the Vmotion 2.0...

  • Teaser for 2018 Nissan Leaf debuting in 2017
    2018 Nissan Leaf electric car: first teaser photo (headlights!) emerges

    Sometime within the next few months, the 2018 Nissan Leaf electric car will be unveiled to the world's media. The second generation of a pioneering plug-in vehicle that launched affordable all-electric cars on the global market. It's been a long time coming. DON'T MISS: 2018 Nissan Leaf: more spy...

  • 2017 Nissan Leaf

    The Nissan Leaf has been a fading light in the electric car market, but after a few years in the dark, it will soon get a chance to shine once more. Despite a battery capacity increase in 2016 and a quarter of a million in sales since its 2010 launch, the Leaf has been in dire need of a proper trip back to the drawing board. Especially in recent years, with the increasing number of competitors on the market, the Leaf has somewhat fallen out of the public eye. DON’T MISS: 2018 Nissan Leaf: what we know so far about next electric car This September, that will change when the Renault...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf electric car after battery-pack replacement  [by owner Tim Jacobsen, Concord, CA]
    How to negotiate for a new Nissan Leaf battery pack: electric-car owner advises

    In designing, testing, and producing the Nissan Leaf, the first modern electric car sold in volume, Nissan made a design decision that some other companies didn't. It chose not to build an active thermal-conditioning system (otherwise known as cooling) into its battery pack. Instead, it relies on...

  • Riding in prototype of fully autonomous Nissan Leaf electric car, March 2017  [video: Fully Charged]
    Riding in prototype autonomous Nissan Leaf electric car: what it's like (video)

    It's been a vision of the future for decades now: self-driving cars that let you get in, specify your destination, and then curl up for a bit more sleep, waking when you arrive. That kind of anywhere-any-time autonomy remains some years in the future, most engineers suggest. Automakers are already...

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    Lessons learned from early electric car: 2011 Nissan Leaf at 90,000 miles

    Being a pioneer isn't easy. When you're pioneering new automotive technology, it can be challenging and sometimes costly. Just ask anyone who owned an early turbocharged sport sedan, for instance. That also applies, in some cases, to some of the first modern electric cars, and in particular the...

  • Section of 2018 Nissan Leaf spy shot  [image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien, as used on Motor Authority]
    2018 Nissan Leaf: more spy shots of electric car's second generation

    The more camouflaged spy shots that emerge of a car being tested on public roads, the closer it likely is to being introduced. After seven years of the first-generation Nissan Leaf electric car, a redesign is due—some might say overdue. Now we have a second set of spy shots of the 2018 Leaf...

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    Which electric car will sell best during 2018? Poll results

    Next year should be a record year for sales of plug-in electric cars. A new crop of affordable electric cars with 200 miles of range or more will be available, joining this year's Chevrolet Bolt EV, including the next-generation Nissan Leaf and the mass-market Tesla Model 3. So our thoughts...

  • Nissan Sway Concept  -  2015 Geneva Motor Show live photos

    More Nissan Leaf electric cars were sold in 2014 than in any model year before or since, fully 30,000 of them. That means a whole lot of three-year leases are coming due this year. Now Nissan is offering to extend those leases—and in the process, it's given us a little more information on the upcoming 2018 Nissan Leaf. DON'T MISS: 2018 Nissan Leaf spy shots: our question on electric car update That second-generation Leaf, one version of which is expected to offer a range of 200 miles or more, will make its world debut this September. That's the word from Nissan in the first of two...

  • Porsche Mission E concept electric car
    Six new electric cars coming for 2018 and 2019

    The next couple of years promise to be quite interesting for electric cars. A minimum of six new models are expected in that time period, all promising ranges of 200 miles or more—which until a few months ago had been the exclusive province of Tesla Motors. The list includes two affordable...

  • 2015 Nissan Leaf in front of Prudential and Hancock Towers, Boston [photo: John Briggs]
    2015 Nissan Leaf: one year later, owner offers pros and cons

    Sometimes being a revolutionary requires a lot of personal sacrifice, and sometimes it doesn’t. After one year of driving of a 2015 Nissan Leaf electric car, I was surprised to find that daily driving with a gasoline car requires more sacrifice than with my electric. Like most people, before...

  • Section of 2018 Nissan Leaf spy shot  [image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien, as used on Motor Authority]
    2018 Nissan Leaf spy shots: our question on electric car update

    It's the long-missing member of the trio, the last of three affordable electric cars with 200-plus miles of range expected to go into production this year. But until now, we've heard almost nothing about the 2018 Nissan Leaf. All we knew was that the second generation of the world's highest-volume...

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    Electric Nissan Leaf hearse: greenest way to travel the last mile

    They may be painted the customary black, but why shouldn't hearses be green? Most people take their final journeys in hearses based on large luxury sedans, usually Cadillac or Lincoln models in the U.S. But a U.K. funeral home has teamed with an aftermarket company to create a more efficient and...

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    Using Plugless Power's wireless charging with Nissan Leaf: video

    Wireless charging for electric cars has been discussed for some time, but at last it is close to becoming a more realistic option for drivers. Evatran currently markets its Plugless wireless-charging system for multiple electric-car models. But what does it really take to ditch that charging...

  • Nissan Sway Concept  -  2015 Geneva Motor Show live photos

    The Nissan Leaf is by far the highest-volume electric car ever sold, with total sales now having passed 250,000 units. First launched in 2011, the Leaf got some updates for the 2013 model when production for North American sales moved from Oppama, Japan, to Smyrna, Tennessee. It got a battery capacity upgrade for 2016, boosting its rated range from 84 to 107 miles. That aside, the Leaf has pretty much stayed the same for seven years. DON'T MISS: New 2018 Nissan Leaf: More Details On New Styling, Range (May 2014) We know an all-new, second-generation Leaf model is coming sometime soon. At...

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    Next Nissan Leaf: ProPilot self-driving included, 200-mile range or more confirmed

    Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn today confirmed that a second-generation Nissan Leaf electric car is coming "in the near future," though he didn't specify a date or model year. The new Leaf will come with Nissan's ProPilot technology, which permits the car to drive itself autonomously within a highway...

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    Nissan and Renault to share common electric-car platform in future

    The Renault-Nissan Alliance's best-selling electric cars could share a common platform in the future.

  • Nissan Leaf owned by Pine Mountain Sports (Photo by Pine Mountain Sports)
    Electric cars in unlikely places: central Oregon ski shop

    A central Oregon ski shop explains why it bought a Nissan Leaf electric car.

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    Nissan offers 2G Leaf owners a $199 3G upgrade, with just 24 days left

    Nissan will offer owners of older Leaf electric cars an upgrade to preserve telematics system functionality.

  • 2017 Nissan Leaf
    2017 Nissan Leaf preview

    The 2017 Nissan Leaf carries over virtually unchanged.

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