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A Georgia man spent more than 15 hours in DeKalb County Jail on theft charges after police determined that he had stolen electricity from a local school when he briefly used an outlet there to charge his Nissan LEAF as his son played tennis. Kaveh Kamooneh was eventually charged with “theft by taking without consent” 11 days after the incident, when police showed up at his house and led him away to jail.
A common complaint about the all-electric Nissan LEAF has been its short range, officially 75 miles on a full charge according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. To address that challenge, Nissan could add options for consumers to purchase bigger battery packs to boost the LEAF’s all-electric range, Pierre Loing, vice president of product and advanced planning and strategy told PluginCars.com. “The packaging easiness (of the battery) makes it easier to put more batteries in the car, and you will see this,” Loing said during an interview this week at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Nissan will boost its production capacity for the all-electric LEAF at its Smyrna, Tenn. plant in late December or early January, said Jose Munoz, senior vice president of sales, marketing, customer quality, and dealer network at Nissan Americas. Speaking to PluginCars.com on the sidelines of the 2013 Western Automotive Conference in Los Angeles on Nov. 19, Munoz said Nissan hadn’t determined the size of the increase, but that it would be “an important increase, not just a little.” The decision to increase production was based on the results of a study currently being conducted.
As we approach the third anniversary of the all-electric LEAF, Nissan said the average age of its LEAF customers is dropping, and more women are choosing to dump the pump.
It’s not every day the CEO of a big company publicly tests out a product prototype, and then talks about it openly on camera. But that’s exactly what CEO Carlos Ghosn did last week at the CEATEC Japan 2013 Convention, a major electronics show. Moreover, the CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance said that its self-driving cars could reach the market sooner than 2020, as previously promised.
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