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  • 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...

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    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...

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    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...

  • Nissan-Voltia eNV200 MAXI operated by Gnewt Cargo

    As the United Kingdom joins other countries in committing to a future ban on fossil-fuel vehicles, commercial fleet operators that rely on diesel vehicles are left in a bit of a pickle. Nissan has an answer in its zero-emission eNV200 electric cargo van, but its small dimensions leave a lot to be desired for commercial operators that need something a little, errrm, bigger. Thankfully, a European company specializing in electric van fleet implementations is doing what Nissan hasn't: adding more van to the van. DON'T MISS: Nissan e-NV200 electric van gets longer-range battery; still no U.S...

  • First 2018 Nissan Leaf produced at assembly plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, Dec 2017
    2018 Nissan Leaf electric car now rolling off lines in Tennessee

    The 2018 Nissan Leaf electric car will start to appear at Nissan dealers in January, the company said Monday. That availability came in an announcement that the second-generation electric car officially went into production the same day at Nissan's sprawling assembly plant in Smyrna, Tennessee...

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    2018 Nissan Leaf preview

    The 2018 Nissan Leaf electric car represents the second generation and a thorough redesign and update of the highest-selling electric car in the world. Although we still await the last details of pricing, features, and options, we know largely what to expect from Nissan's new electric car when it...

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    Nissan, Mitsubishi, Renault all to 'target' electric cars in 2020, CEO Ghosn says

    Carlos Ghosn has been an advocate of electric cars for years, but after initial disappointment, he's ready to take on the segment with even greater focus. The CEO of the Renault Nissan Alliance that now includes Mitsubishi predicted the rise of electric cars nearly a decade ago, and oversaw the...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Cruze
    Discounts soar on many small cars as market stampedes toward SUVs

    The market's shift to crossovers and SUVs is well documented, but what may be less well known are the massive discounts some automakers now offer on small cars as a result. While those small cars may deliver smaller profit margins, automakers must now add in steep discounts to move them from...

  • Nissan IMx concept, 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
    Who will sell the first affordable AWD electric SUV? Poll results

    Of our eight Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy award winners since 2011, five have been compact five-door hatchbacks. It's a good, sensible format, by far the most popular segment in Europe and stronger even in Canada than in the U.S. Sadly, U.S. car buyers are not only ignoring small hatchbacks...

  • 2018 Nissan Leaf

    If any electric car aside from the Tesla Model 3 can be called "long-awaited," it would be the redesigned 2018 Nissan Leaf. First thought to arrive as a 2016 model, it was widely assumed to be a 2017 to go head-to-head with the 238-mile Chevrolet Bolt EV launched last December. In the event, the second-generation Leaf has arrived as a 2018 model, with a considerably lower range than the Bolt EV—but at a considerably lower price. DON'T MISS: 2018 Nissan Leaf review The new 2018 Leaf, starting at $30,875, is almost $7,000 less expensive than the Bolt EV, which starts at $37,500. (Both...

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    GM, Nissan push to retain EV credit; tax bill also targets renewables, helps nuclear energy

    The United States tax code hasn't seen a major overhaul in decades, and the current Congress—along with the Trump administration—may be learning, or re-learning, why. Numerous opponents have moved swiftly to condemn various aspects of the draft Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (HR1) proposed in...

  • Nissan IMx concept, 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
    Nissan shares what future electric cars should sound like: the 'Canto' theme

    Less than two years from now, barring action by the Trump administration, a National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration rule will require hybrid and electric cars to produce an audible noise under 19 mph. Alongside its Nissan IMx self-driving electric SUV concept it launched at the recent...

  • Nissan IMx concept, 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
    Nissan IMx Concept electric SUV debuts at Tokyo Motor Show

    The long-awaited all-electric crossover utility concept from Nissan finally made its public debut Wednesday morning on the first press day at the Tokyo auto show. Dubbed the Nissan IMx, the compact crossover concept includes both fully autonomous driving and an electric range given as more than 370...

  • Nissan LCV e-NV200 Fridge Concept for electric refrigerated small van at 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
    Nissan e-NV200 Fridge Concept: electric refrigerated van at Tokyo Motor Show

    Nissan will roll out a new electric van concept at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, one that it believes will help solve urban delivery congestion. The e-NV200 Fridge Concept adds a refrigerated compartment to the existing e-NV200 electric small delivery van to keep various perishable goods fresh while...

  • Teaser for Nissan concept debuting at 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
    Will Nissan have an electric SUV concept at Tokyo Motor Show?

    Automakers spend a lot of time trying to work out how electrified powertrains, autonomous driving technology, connectivity, and sharing will turn their industry upside down. Or not. Meanwhile, globally but especially in North America, one trend is clear right this moment: utility vehicles are hot...

  • Technician attaches bus-bars to lithium-ion cell stack assembly at plant in Smyrna, Tennessee

    Nissan has received local government approval to add more than 26,000 square feet of floor space to the Smyrna, Tennessee, plant where it produces batteries used in the Leaf electric car. Smryna's Planning Commission on Wednesday voted 4-0 in favor of Nissan's intention to enlarge the 475,000 square-foot plant, which is operated by Nissan subsidiary Automotive Energy Supply Corporation (AESC). MORE: Foreign makers might build electric cars in China, but rumored rule change has a catch Nissan operates AESC in conjunction with Japanese electronics firm NEC. However, Nissan announced in August...

  • Nissan Leaf Nismo Concept, 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
    Sportier Nissan Leaf Nismo Concept for Tokyo show; powertrain upgrades unclear

    After announcing the 2018 Nissan Leaf in September, Nissan hinted that a Nismo variant was on the way to tap into a rather different electric car market. Now we've learned that a Nissan Leaf Nismo Concept is headed to the Tokyo Motor Show later in October, and that it will be more than just a...

  • 2018 Nissan e-NV200 electric delivery van (European version)
    Nissan e-NV200 electric van gets longer-range battery; still no U.S. plans

    While U.S. buyers eagerly await the arrival of the 2018 Nissan Leaf electric car at dealerships early next year, the company has updated another of its electric vehicles as well. Unfortunately, it's one that the company has no current plans to sell in North America. That's the new longer-range...

  • Nissan Leaf Mongol Rally
    Scots couple complete grueling Mongol Rally in electric car

    The Mongol Rally is no small undertaking for any driver, in any type of vehicle. The 10,000-mile rally takes drivers from Europe to Siberia, via Mongolia, with no support vehicles or backup cars. On July 16, 2017, a Scottish couple arrived at the starting line at the Goodwood race course in England...

  • 2018 Nissan Leaf
    The 2018 Nissan Leaf has three types of cruise control: how they differ

    When the 2018 Nissan Leaf electric car arrives at dealerships early next year, it will offer fresh styling inside and out, more power, a 150-mile range, and an array of standard or optional active-safety features. It will come in Nissan's standard three trim levels—base S, mid-level SV, and...

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    Why one guy bought a 2017 Nissan Leaf electric car: it was a great deal

    The deals, incentives, and rebates currently available on the 2017 Nissan Leaf are generous and well documented. A handful of utility companies across the United States have offered generous discounts, likely backed by Nissan itself, to move the current-generation Leaf from dealerships to...

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