Nissan News

  • Elon Musk plugs a Tesla Model S into a Supercharger (Image: deanslavnich on Twitter)

    With modern, mass-market electric cars on sale for three and a half years now, you might think that the path for growth has been pretty much laid out by now. But the great disruptor, Silicon Valley electric-car startup Tesla Motors, may be changing the playbook once again. According to a report in the U.K.'s Financial Times, there's now a third party interested in joining the discussions on charging standards already held between Tesla and BMW: Nissan, which has built and sold more electric cars than any other company in history. DON'T MISS: Tesla To Offer Supercharger As Fast-Charging...

  • eConnect Cars Nissan Leaf taxi
    Nissan Leaf Fleet Joins London's Electric Taxi Ranks

    Electric cars make a lot of sense for use as taxis. Taxis are typically driven in cities, where air pollution is often a problem. They tend to do frequent short runs punctuated by stops. And passengers tend to like a smoother, quieter taxi ride. London taxi firm eConnect Cars has realized all these...

  • Nissan Leaf and Nissan e-NV200 Ultraman ginga editions
    Nissan Leaf Electric Car Becomes Futuristic Attack Vehicle On Japanese TV Show (Video)

    Want to guarantee your car immortality? Get it featured on a TV show or in a movie. Nobody has to ask twice what a DeLorean looks like, and most people probably know what car Starsky and Hutch drove. And Herbie is a no-brainer. ALSO SEE: Would You Ride This Tiny Folding Electric Scooter To Work?...

  • 2014 Nissan Leaf, Bear Mountain, May 2014
    Small Set Of 2014 Nissan Leaf Electric Cars Recalled For Inverter Replacement

    Nissan is recalling a small number of 2014 Nissan Leaf electric cars to replace the car's inverter assembly. Just 196 cars are affected, all build during a ten-day period in April. Nissan puts the recall down to an out-of-specification control circuit board being fitted during this time. ALSO SEE...

  • 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid, Irvine, CA, Aug 2013
    Nissan To Launch Plug-In Hybrids Too, In Less Than Two Years

    Plug-in hybrids will clearly be all the rage among carmakers for the next couple of years. While the number of high-volume battery-electric vehicles today can be counted on one hand--BMW i3, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S--virtually every global automaker now has plug-in hybrids planned for launch...

  • 2015 BMW i8, test drive in greater Los Angeles area, Apr 2014
    BMW, Tesla Are Only Electric-Car Makers 'To Build A Business': Really ??

    Sometimes we read things that just make us scratch our heads. Often, statements about the electric-car industry by (presumably) highly-paid analysts in the finance industry are among those things. Take, for example, a statement by one such analyst, contained an article published two weeks ago in...

  • Fast Charging 2011 Nissan Leaf

    One challenge to more widespread adoption of electric cars is public charging--or rather, the scattered multiple networks of irregularly spaced public charging stations. In Japan, the four major electric-car makers have now joined together to form a new company whose goal is to build a single public charging network, with an access card that will work throughout Japan and "offers more convenience to drivers." DON'T MISS: Nissan EZ Charge Card To Let Leafs Recharge On Four Networks Announced this morning, Nippon Charge Service LLC is being supported by Honda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, and Toyota...

  • 2014 Nissan Leaf, Bear Mountain, May 2014
    2014 Nissan Leaf: Bestselling Electric Car, Driven By Newbie

    Driving the world's highest-volume battery-electric car in New York's Hudson Valley.

  • Nissan unveils New Orleans' first public charging station for electric cars (photo: Richard Read)
    Nissan Unveils New Orleans' First Public Charging Station For Electric Cars (Daiquiris Not Included)

    Electric cars can be a tough sell, especially in places that lack a publicly accessible charging infrastructure. In New Orleans, Nissan is working to address that problem by unveiling the city's first public charging station at a Rouses supermarket in the heart of the Crescent City. Strategically...

  • 2014 Nissan Leaf
    2014 Nissan Leaf Recall: If Welds Missing, Car Will Be Replaced

    Nissan has announced the recall of a number of 2014 model year Leaf electric cars, regarding a front structural member assembly. According to the recall report, the front structural member on affected vehicles may be missing welds, affecting its structural integrity in a crash, in turn increasing...

  • 2014 Nissan Leaf electric car on the roads of Thimphu, Bhutan
    New 2017 Nissan Leaf: More Details On New Styling, Range--And Infiniti Electric Too

    The Nissan Leaf is by far the highest-volume electric car ever built, with 110,000-plus on the roads now. And three and a half years after its launch, Nissan is pushing hard to boost its sales all over the world. But what about the next Nissan Leaf, one designed with several years of battery...

  • 2014 Nissan Leaf
    How Quiet Are Electric Cars? This Nissan Leaf Shows You

    If you've ever lived on a street where one of your neighbors has a noisy car, you'll have been made very aware of its presence every morning as they started it up and went to work. ALSO SEE: Do The BMW i3 And i8 Electric Cars Pose A Threat To Tesla? Unfortunately, these people never seem to go to...

  • Nissan e-NV200 electric van on assembly line in Barcelona, Spain; production started in May 2014

    Nissan officially started production of its second electric vehicle, the Nissan e-NV200 small van, at its assembly plant in Barcelona, Spain. The battery-electric van blends the powertrain of a Nissan Leaf battery-electric hatchback, including its in-floor battery pack and electric motor driving the front wheels, with the tall body of the NV200 small van. DON'T MISS: Nissan e-NV200: Driving Nissan's Prototype Electric Minivan That vehicle is now sold only with a 2.0-liter gasoline engine in North America, supplied from a plant in Mexico. Barcelona, however, will be the sole assembly plant for...

  • 2014 Nissan Juke
    2014 Nissan Juke: New Equipment, Revised Features, MPG Unchanged

    The Nissan Juke's appearance in the compact crossover segment has spurred several other automakers into fielding their own entries. Three years on from its debut, Nissan has refreshed its quirky offering for 2014--though fuel economy remains unchanged. All Juke models get a 1.6-liter turbocharged...

  • 2014 Nissan Leaf
    Nissan Leaf Likely To Offer Larger Battery For Longer Range

    Every electric-car owner wants more range; it's practically an immutable law. Now Nissan executive Andy Palmer has come close to confirming that a longer-range Nissan Leaf is in the cards, though likely not until 2016 or even 2017. In an interview at last week's New York Auto Show with Palmer, who...

  • Nissan Leaf using CHAdeMO fast-charger
    Nissan EZ Charge Card To Let Leafs Recharge On Four Networks

    One of the minor hassles of owning an electric car is the need to have multiple accounts, passes, and fobs to access multiple different public charging networks. Now Nissan is working to make public charging simpler, introducing a program called EZ Charge that lets Nissan Leaf electric-car drivers...

  • 2014 Nissan Leaf
    Does Nissan Leaf Supplant The Prius As Loathing Target For CA Drivers?

    If you've never lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, you may not have heard of "Mr. Roadshow," the nickname of San Jose Mercury News reporter Gary Richards. Nor will you know how important his columns are, covering traffic, congestion, freeways, law enforcement, cars, and all the other topics...

  • Nissan Leaf at Haleakala volcano screencap.
    Nissan Leaf Vs The Volcano: The Silent Ascent

    A Nissan Leaf puts its regenerative brakes to good use traversing Hawaii's Haleakala volcano.

  • Technician secures cover on ithium-ion battery pack at Nissan plant in Smyrna, Tennessee

    It's baaaaaaaaaaaack. U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced yesterday that the DoE had revised and updated its Advanced-Technology Vehicle Manufacturing (ATVM) program, which offers low-interest loans to carmakers and their suppliers. Any new loans, according to a Detroit News interview with Peter W. Davidson, executive director of the Energy Department’s Loan Programs Office, will most likely go to auto-parts makers, not car companies themselves. “The goal is to help finance projects that will improve fuel efficiency," Davidson told the News, saying some...

  • 2014 Nissan Leaf
    2014 Nissan Leaf Domestic Content: Now Closer To Volt, Focus Electric

    Last fall, we learned that the first year of U.S. production of the Nissan Leaf electric cars, built in Smyrna, Tennessee, had only 15 percent North American content. This year, the numbers are somewhat better--and they bring the Leaf closer to the domestic-content percentage of other plug-in...

  • 2013 Nissan Leaf, Nashville area test drive, April 2013
    2013-2014 Nissan Leaf Electric Cars Recalled For Airbag Sensor Issue

    Nissan Leaf electric cars are being recalled to fix faulty airbag sensor software.

  • Image tweeted (and then removed) by @NissanLeaf Twitter account, March 2014
    Nissan Tweets, Then Deletes, Electric-Car Sales Slap At Tesla

    Oh, Nissan, you just shouldn't have gone there. As captured by Autoblog Green writer Domenick Yoney last Friday, the @NissanLeaf Twitter account posted the following message: It's okay #NewJersey, you can still #GoElectric with the #NissanLEAF #EV Sloppy punctuation aside, the tweet was a clear dig...

  • 2014 Nissan Leaf
    Nissan On Track To Beat 2020 Electric Car Sales Target?

    Nissan and its French partner Renault could be on track for selling 1.5 million electric vehicles before 2020, according to the company's latest estimates. The two companies have currently sold around a tenth of that number since each firm released its first electric cars a few years back. But as...

  • 2015 Nissan Juke - 2014 Geneva Motor Show live photos
    2015 Nissan Juke Unveiled In Geneva: Live Photo Gallery

    Nissan spent most of last week teasing images of the 2015 Juke in a frustrating social media campaign. All we really wanted to know was whether the Juke had lost its characterful--if divisive--styling. The good news (or bad news, depending on how much you like the Juke) is that it's lost none of...

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