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  • 2018 Nissan Leaf

    After lavish launch events around the world, the 2018 Nissan Leaf electric car will go on sale next month in Japan and early next year in North America. The second generation of the world's best-selling electric car, however, faces a very different landscape than did its predecessor in December 2010. For one thing, the 2011 Leaf was the sole mass-priced four-door all-electric vehicle on sale anywhere when it launched. DON'T MISS: 2018 Nissan Leaf debuts: 150 miles for $30,875, 200-plus miles in 2019 That's hardly the case for the 2018 Leaf, which faces off against compact hatchback electric...

  • 2018 Nissan Leaf
    Nine things you should know about the 2018 Nissan Leaf electric car

    The simulcasted global events are over, the cars have been driven back out of the arenas, and electric-car fans are evaluating the new 2018 Nissan Leaf that was unveiled to the world last night. We've covered both the details of the car and our preliminary drive impressions from testing a...

  • 2018 Nissan Leaf
    2018 Nissan Leaf debuts: 150 miles for $30,875, 200-plus miles in 2019

    The spy shots, teaser photos, rumors, and feverish speculation can all be put behind us. The 2018 Nissan Leaf hatchback has debuted, and we can now see every facet of the second generation of the world's best-selling electric car. The compact five-door's 40-kilowatt-hour battery is projected to get...

  • 2018 Nissan Leaf
    2018 Nissan Leaf electric-car prototype driven: first impressions

    When visiting an automaker's proving ground to drive cars still under development, security is extensive. Cameras have to be left on the bus, all phone lenses have to be covered, and documents committing you to keep quiet until the embargo lifts must be signed. In late June, we drove a...

  • 2018 Nissan Leaf
    As 2018 Nissan Leaf arrives, data on US electric-car market offers reality check

    This evening, the 2018 Nissan Leaf electric car will make its long-awaited debut at events in Tokyo, Las Vegas, and elsewhere around the world. The Leaf remains the world's highest-volume electric car, with more than 280,000 of the first-generation cars delivered since December 2011 (112,000 of...

  • 2017 Nissan Leaf
    Nissan has sold electric-car battery unit AESC to Chinese investor GSR (updated)

    With the global introduction of the second-generation Nissan Leaf electric car due next week, one open question concerns the source of its battery cells. To date, Automotive Electric Supply Corporation—a joint venture between Nissan and Japanese electronics giant NEC—has supplied...

  • Teaser for 2018 Nissan Leaf debuting on September 6, 2017

    With the 2018 Nissan Leaf electric car due to be unveiled to the world in Japan on September 6, the company continues to release bits and pieces of teaser information. Yesterday, Nissan issued a video promoting a list of the new model's features. It also provided a photo of the electric hatchback's rear corner, showing a very different taillight design than that of the outgoing generation. DON'T MISS: 2018 Nissan Leaf caught without camouflage in ad shoot From the rear, the tallight has a chevron shape, wrapping around the rear corner of the car at the waistline, with a vertical reflector...

  • 2017 Nissan Leaf
    San Diego utility offers $10,000 off Nissan Leaf, BMW i3 electric cars

    For southern California residents, it's an excellent time to start considering the purchase of a BMW i3 or Nissan Leaf electric car. San Diego Gas & Electric has joined a host of other utility companies in the state in offering incentives towards the purchase of an i3 or a Leaf. In total, the...

  • Teaser for 2018 Nissan Leaf debuting on September 6, 2017
    Nissan Leaf electric car platform to spawn more models, SUV included: report

    The 2018 Nissan Leaf apparently won't be the brand's lone electric car for much longer, if a new report with details on plans to expand the electric car's underpinnings to additional models proves accurate. Following the introduction of the second-generation 2018 Nissan Leaf, the electric car's...

  • Teaser for 2018 Nissan Leaf debuting on September 6, 2017
    Next 2018 Nissan Leaf teaser sketch; electric car debuts Sept. 5

    The global debut of the 2018 Nissan Leaf electric car is just a month away, and now another teaser image has been released. This one's a design sketch showing a drawing of the car's side profile, suitably shaded to obscure some of the details. You can compare it to a shot of the actual vehicle...

  • 2018 Nissan Leaf spotted during photo shoot - Image via Broom
    2018 Nissan Leaf caught without camouflage in ad shoot

    Its maker has begun the countdown to the early-September unveiling of the 2018 Nissan Leaf electric car with a series of staged teaser photos and factoids. But with the prevalence of smartphone cameras, it's harder and harder for carmakers to keep their new models completely under wraps. Which is...

  • Teaser for 2018 Nissan Leaf debuting on September 6, 2017
    2018 Nissan Leaf to have e-Pedal: here's what that means

    No, the new 2018 Nissan Leaf electric car isn't going to have only a single pedal—despite at least one headline late yesterday claiming that. Honest. But the "e-Pedal" in the next generation of Nissan's highest-volume plug-in vehicle does offer some interesting new features. DON'T MISS...

  • Teaser for 2018 Nissan Leaf debuting in 2017

    At the moment, the Tesla Model 3 is getting lots of media attention and electric-car buzz now that the company says its first production car has rolled out of the factory—even if features, specs, and pricing isn't yet known. Meanwhile, the 238-mile Chevrolet Bolt EV is at roughly 9,000 cars sold in North America over the past six months, with higher totals anticipated for the balance of the year. But a third 200-plus-mile mass-market electric car is now imminent, even if its maker is only teasing us with photos until its September 6th global launch. DON'T MISS: 2018 Nissan Leaf electric...

  • Rick and Linda SantAngelo with the 2011 Nissan Leaf at 96,000 miles
    New life for old Nissan Leaf electric car: battery replacement and what it took

    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...

  • 2018 Nissan Leaf ProPilot Assist
    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...

  • Nissan Gripz concept, 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show
    Nissan Gripz Concept uses Note e-Power series-hybrid system

    The series-hybrid powertrain, in which motive power is provided exclusively by one or more electric motors that run on electricity produced by a combustion engine, has been popular in trains and boats for many decades. In cars, it's been confined to the BMW i3 REx and the Fisker Karma (now Karma...

  • 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...

  • 2017 Nissan Leaf
    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...

  • Hydrogen station in Ebina City, Japan

    Earlier this year in Europe, 13 companies joined forces to create the Hydrogen Council, a global initiative to discuss and promote the use of hydrogen as a renewable source of energy. In the United States, GM and Honda have partnered up to build a production plant in Michigan that will roll out next-generation propulsion systems for fuel-cell vehicles. While hydrogen fuel-cell cars are now being sold globally, in very small numbers, the lack of hydrogen fueling infrastructure is a reality the industry still has to face. DON’T MISS: Carmakers, fuel and oil companies form Hydrogen Council...

  • Nissan IDS concept, 2015 Tokyo Motor Show
    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
    Nissan's plans: reignite electric-car sales, boost lagging Mitsubishi

    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...

  • 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...

  • 2012 Tesla Model S beta vehicle, Fremont, CA, October 2011
    After Tesla, which automaker is best in electric cars? Poll results

    Regardless of the number of cars they've sold—fewer than the Renault-Nissan alliance—Tesla is undoubtedly the best-known electric-car maker in the world. It delivered 76,000 cars last year, against roughly 10 million each for Volkswagen Group, Toyota, and General Motors. But its sleek...

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