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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
May 20, 2013

Have Kids? Three Family-Friendly Electric Cars To Consider

Despite what friends and family might tell you, however, you don’t need a big gas-guzzling car to raise a family. Check out three electric vehicles that can work well for family life.

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By Zach McDonald ·
May 01, 2013

LEAF Continues Spring Sales Rejuvenation, Leaving Other Plug-ins in the Dust

April was another good month for the Nissan LEAF, which moved 1,936 units nationwide to post its second best month of sales since hitting the market in late 2010.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
April 30, 2013

Nissan Renews Hope for Dramatic Increase of EV Rapid Chargers

Nissan wants to see 600 electric car rapid chargers throughout the United States by the end of March 2014. The rapid chargers can add about 50 to 60 miles of range in less than 30 minutes. The company also wants to support a two-fold increase in Level 2 240-volt public charging stations—to 22,000 locations nationwide. This isn't the first time that Nissan has set out ambitious goals for EV charging infrastructure.

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By Gary Lieber ·
April 25, 2013

Just Released: Locations of Free EV Quick-Chargers at Northern California Dealerships

Six new electric car Quick Chargers will be open to the public at Nissan dealers in the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento areas by the end of April. That's according to Aerovironment, an electric car charging company that serves as Nissan's EV integration partner. Another seven are expected one month later, representing a leap forward with the company's national network.

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By Gary Lieber ·
April 23, 2013

My 280-Mile Single-Day Nissan LEAF Roadtrip

I did something last weekend that was completely normal and uneventful for most Northern California motorists: I drove a car from San Jose to Sacramento and back. The only difference was that I was driving was a 100-percent battery-electric Nissan LEAF.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
April 23, 2013

NYC Will Test Uncertain Feasibility of Electric Taxis

New York City Major Michael Bloomberg yesterday officially announced that six all-electric Nissan LEAFs are entering service as part of a year-long zero-emission taxi cab pilot program. Paul Gillespie, perhaps the country’s most prominent green taxi advocate, is skeptical.

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By David Herron ·
April 18, 2013

FedEx Tests Nissan e-NV200 Electric Vans in Singapore

Nissan's e-NV200, the electric version of their NV200 commercial van, is being tested around the world, including a field test in Singapore to determine its suitability for international air cargo delivery. Think of it as a commercial-oriented LEAF.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
April 18, 2013

Rule for EV Battery Health: Location, Location, Location

My LEAF has been driven hard. It’s been rapid-charged more often than most U.S. Leafs because we have many more rapid chargers in the U.K. than there are in any one state in America. So why is its battery pack so healthy? The past few summers in the U.K. have been cold by British standards. This contrasts dramatically with cities like Phoenix, Arizona, where summer temperatures stay in triple-digits for extended periods of time.

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By Tom Moloughney ·
April 16, 2013

Electric Car Dealers Must Address Concerns about Batteries

Car shoppers visiting a dealership to buy a conventional gasoline-powered car know what to expect from the vehicle when they drive it home: things like routine maintenance, life expectancy of major components, and how they will refuel it. These topics rarely need to be discussed at the point of sale anymore. But electric cars are different.

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By Zach McDonald ·
April 12, 2013

L.A. Nissan Dealer Offers Free Gift Cards at Opening of Fast-Charger

On Saturday, April 27 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Nissan of Downtown L.A. will host “Clean Get Away.” The event will offer free food and refreshments to all in attendance, and those who choose to take a Nissan LEAF out for a test drive will receive a free gift card valued at $20 from Real Food Daily, a local restaurant chain serving “100-percent organic plant-based cuisine.”

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New to EVs? Start here

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