Nissan News

  • 2018 Nissan Leaf SL

    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 around—suggesting that this longer-range Nissan Leaf is just a few months away, and will come at a premium of about $5,500 over versions with the standard 40-kWh battery. DON’T MISS: 2019 Nissan Leaf to cost $30,885, long-range battery still to come That would mean a base price of just over $36,000...

  • 2018 Nissan Leaf SL
    2019 Nissan Leaf to cost $30,885, long-range battery still to come

    The 2019 Nissan Leaf doesn't cost any more than it did last year, but it also won't deliver any additional electric range—yet. The Leaf S, Leaf SV, and Leaf SL will cost $30,885, $33,385, and $37,095 including an $895 destination charge. That's before any government tax credits or rebates...

  • 2017 Nissan Leaf showing battery pack (Source: Nissan)
    Nissan sells its battery business, 225-mile Leaf e-Plus to get LG Chem batteries

    When it comes to electric-car batteries, Nissan is no longer going its own way. The company that launched the first modern, mass-market all-electric car has sold its electric-car battery subsidiary, Automotive Energy Supply Corporation (AESC) to Envision Group, a Chinese renewable energy company...

  • 2017 Nissan Leaf showing battery pack (Source: Nissan)
    2018 Nissan Leaf battery technology, a deep dive

    When the first-generation Nissan Leaf debuted in 2011, it quickly became the best-selling electric car in history, with no real competition. By the time the most recent version debuted in 2017, it was nearly outdated before it left dealers’ lots due to a shorter range than rivals from Tesla...

  • Nissan Leaf Nismo Concept, 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
    "Leaving" in a hurry? Sporty Nissan Leaf Nismo headed for Japan

    Mainstream automakers that have been building electric cars are getting the message that they're on the wrong road. As Nissan, Ford, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz and others have churned out low-range, and sometimes uninspiring electric hatchbacks, they've seen the success Tesla has had in building...

  • 2016 Nissan Leaf SL fast-charging at NRG evGo Freedom Station, Hudson Valley, NY, Dec 2015
    Software fix for 2016-17 Nissan Leafs may improve battery range

    In March we told you about a study of a small group of 2016 and 2017 Nissan Leaf models equipped with the larger, 30-kwh battery pack that had abnormal battery degradation. That study concluded that nearly four out of five of the larger battery packs examined lost cell capacity three times faster...

  • Nissan Leaf Open Car concept

    Nissan is famous for zigging when everyone else zags—especially when it comes to making convertibles. Years after its soft-top Murano CrossCabriolet crossover was laughed out of showrooms (and then went on to find a niche following on the used-car market), Nissan is at it again with a convertible version of the electric Leaf. As a hatchback, the Leaf makes for an odd-looking convertible, with a roll hoop all the way at the back behind the rear seats. The rear doors are welded shut and the windows, if this concept car has any, are frameless. The tall rear seats block any view out the...

  • 2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid
    2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid: late to the party, but at least it won't drink much

    Just as most automakers gear up to announce their 2019 models, the 2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid is arriving in showrooms scattered across select markets in the U.S. To mark the new year (is it still new?), the Rogue Hybrid's price is up about $800 over last year to $27,995 for the base SV trim level...

  • 2018 Nissan Leaf with EVgo fast charger at NJ Turnpike Molly Pitcher travel plaza, Feb 2018
    PG&E offers new $3,000 rebate to Nissan Leaf buyers

    PG&E announced a new $3,000 purchase incentive for new Nissan Leafs that comes directly off the purchase price and on top of a $7,000 rebate from the state and the $7,500 federal tax credit. With all incentives PG&E customers can buy a new Leaf for $16,500.

  • 2018 Nissan Leaf
    Nissan Leaf Pro-Pilot Assist and range-anxiety review

    Airport runs are a regular challenge for electric cars. You need to use less than half the range so you can get home, and leave plenty of margin.

  • 2018 Nissan Leaf with EVgo fast charger at NJ Turnpike Molly Pitcher travel plaza, Feb 2018
    2018 Nissan Leaf electric car: Is there a fast-charging problem?

    Nissan Leaf owners have found that the car's electronic controls dial back charging speeds with each successive fast charge on any given trip.

  • 2013 Nissan Leaf, Nashville area test drive, April 2013
    Nissan Leaf refurbished batteries offered for older electric cars, in Japan

    With more than 300,000 Nissan Leaf electric cars on the road, some more than six years old, battery degradation is becoming more and more of an issue. The different rates of capacity loss are a topic of much discussion among Leaf owners, but it now seems likely that Nissan's choice of passive air...

  • 2016 Nissan Leaf SL, Hudson Valley, NY, Dec 2015

    The Nissan Leaf, at least for the moment, remains the highest-volume electric car produced in history, with more than 300,000 sold. One of the measures that kept its cost down was the use of passive air cooling for its battery pack, rather than the pricier liquid cooling used by other makers to keep battery temperatures within limits. Nissan has already changed the cell chemistry in its batteries once, switching in 2015 to a so-called "lizard cell" said to be more resistant to degradation caused by very high temperatures. DON'T MISS: 2016 Nissan Leaf Offers 107-Mile Range With 30-kWh Battery...

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    Nissan, Sumitomo open electric-car battery recycling plant in Japan

    The town of Namie, in eastern Japan, was devastated by the earthquake and tsunami of 2011, and has struggled to recover from the devastation of that day. Almost seven years later, the first new plant in town is set to open, one contributing to clean energy and zero-emission vehicles to boot...

  • Nissan IMx concept, 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
    Nissan electric crossover utility with AWD will be breakthrough: exec

    Could a specific vehicle give electric cars the breakthrough they need to reach the mass market? So far, neither the world's highest-selling battery-electric model—the Nissan Leaf—nor the Tesla Model S, starting at $75,000, has sold in mainstream U.S. volumes. You might ballpark that...

  • Prof. John Kelly on battery life in Nissan leaf, Chevy Bolt EV [video: Weber State University, Utah]
    Battery life of 2018 Nissan Leaf vs 2017 Chevy Bolt EV electric cars: what manuals suggest

    It's one of the major questions for any electric-car buyer: How long will the battery pack last? And what would it cost to replace it if I do need a new one sometime down the road? Now a new video looks at that question, comparing the different thermal-management technologies in the batteries of...

  • Two 2018 Nissan Leafs with EVgo fast charger at NJ Turnpike Joyce Kilmer travel plaza, Feb 2018
    2018 Nissan Leaf electric car: four-day winter road-trip review

    The first generation of mass-priced electric cars with ranges of 60 to 90 miles simply didn't have enough range to be used outside predictable daily commute duties and local errands around town. Sure, four-fifths of vehicles in the U.S. cover less than 40 miles a day—but that other fifth...

  • 2018 Tesla Model 3
    What happens to electric-car sales when tax credits sunset? Each maker differs

    Because each automaker has its own plans for reducing costs in their electric vehicles, there is no set game plan for how the sunset clause in the $7,500 federal tax credit will effect them.

  • Oslo street scene: Nissan Leaf, Volkswagen e-Golf, Tesla Model S, July 2015

    Only two automakers have built and sold more than 300,000 battery-electric cars to date. One is from Japan, the other from Silicon Valley. And each can claim a specific distinction within those totals. DON'T MISS: 300,000th Nissan Leaf sold as new electric car deliveries start We know that the 300,000th Nissan Leaf was sold in January, almost surely an early model of the second-generation car introduced for the 2018 model year. The first Leaf was delivered in December 2010, so it took the company just over seven years to reach that benchmark. It's also worth pointing out that Nissan sells a...

  • 2018 Nissan Leaf
    Nissan and partners have now sold 540,000 plug-in electric vehicles

    Of the 90 million or so new vehicles sold globally last year, plug-in electric cars made up only a tiny proportion, roughly 1 percent. But the auto industry works on long product cycles and buyers tend to be conservative, only changing the types of cars they buy if life circumstances change or...

  • 2018 Nissan Leaf
    Looking at leases on 2018 Nissan Leaf electric car: how do they stack up?

    This past Tuesday, the 2018 Nissan Leaf—an entirely redesigned second generation of the pioneering electric car—officially went on sale in the U.S. It's quicker and has more features than its predecessors, not to mention a significantly longer range: 151 miles combined, according to the...

  • 2018 Nissan Leaf
    2018 Nissan Leaf electric car gets 151-mile EPA range rating

    When the 2018 Nissan Leaf electric car was unveiled last fall, the company said it would have a range of "140 miles or more." That had risen to "150 miles or more" by the end of last year, and now we have the final confirmed figure. The EPA combined range rating for the second-generation Leaf is...

  • First 2018 Nissan Leaf produced at assembly plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, Dec 2017
    300,000th Nissan Leaf electric car delivered as new version kicks off

    Nissan, the first automaker in the world to launch a mass-priced electric car, has a reason to celebrate this week. The automaker said on Monday it delivered the 300,000th example of its electric hatchback, the Nissan Leaf—though it did not detail whether it was one of the new...

  • 2018 Nissan Leaf electric car, test-driven by Shiva of Fremont, California, Oct 2017
    2018 Nissan Leaf: an early Leaf driver's impressions (he has a Tesla too)

    First sales of the 2018 Nissan Leaf, the second generation of the pioneering electric car, should come this month. But Nissan has quietly been showing the 2018 Leaf to electric-car shoppers for several months now, hosting drives at dealerships and other venues. Several of our readers and...