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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
April 11, 2013

Considering the Pros and Cons of Electric Car Battery Leases

Buy a 2013 all-electric Smart ForTwo ED in Europe, and you’ll be asked if you want to lease the battery pack alongside the car—or own the batteries outright. Buy any one of Renault’s four production electric cars, and you’ll have no option but to sign up for a battery lease. While EV battery rental schemes have not hit U.S. shores, they are commonplace with European electric car drivers. With Europeans now getting battery leasing on a wide range of EVs, is it time to start loving battery leases? Or retain measured suspicion?

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By Eric Loveday ·
April 02, 2013

LEAF Sales Soar in March, Volt Remains Stable

Nissan LEAF sales soared to a record high in March 2013, beating the previous high-water mark by a substantial margin. Meanwhile, Chevy Volt sales remained relatively stable.

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By David Herron ·
April 01, 2013

Nissan's Ghosn Defends LEAF as Long-Term Investment

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn reiterated his defense of the Nissan LEAF at the New York auto show last week, outlining several steps Nissan is taking to improve LEAF sales. He denied accusations that Nissan is betting the whole company on EVs.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
March 27, 2013

Turning Over the All-New 2013 Nissan LEAF

In addition to lower prices and three models, the new LEAF offers a myriad of improvements, both big and small. We took them on the road in New York, as the auto show looms.

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By Eric Loveday ·
March 21, 2013

Nissan Launches LEAF TV Ad with High-Tech Sex Appeal

What messages are going to sell electric cars to mainstream American car buyers? In the past, EV-makers have relied on eco-friendly images of polar bears or cars driving past gas stations. Now, Nissan's latest advertising campaign for its all-electric LEAF hits a set of new talking points: fun, mobile apps and a “Made in America” claim.

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By Nick Kurczewski ·
March 13, 2013

Nissan's New Global Electric Car Chief Is Strong Believer in EVs

Nissan has moved Toshiyuki Shiga, its chief operating officer, to the head of its electrical vehicle operations, in what’s being regarded as a determined move by the Japanese automaker to elevate sales of its zero emission lineup, including those of the Nissan LEAF hatchback.“Popularization of EVs is a major issue that people need to address as a global environmental answer to resource and energy issues,” said Shiga.

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By Zach McDonald ·
March 11, 2013

EPA Downshifts Its Electric Car Range Formula

With the release of the official range number for 2013 Nissan LEAF several weeks ago came the news that the EPA is changing its testing procedures for evaluating the range of electric vehicles. Recently, we learned that the agency may also be adjusting its fuel economy and range ratings for plug-in hybrids like the Ford C-Max Energi and Chevy Volt.

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By Eric Loveday ·
March 04, 2013

Video: Nissan Provides Update on LEAF Sales and Demand

How does Nissan respond to the current rate of sales for the LEAF? In this video discussion, Billy Hayes, Nissan's vice-president in charge of global sales of the LEAF, admits to challenges, but reiterates the company's absolute commitment to electric cars.

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By Eric Loveday ·
March 01, 2013

Top Two Plug-in Car Sales 46% Up From Last Year, Led by Volt

February sales numbers for the top two plug-in vehicles are in. The figure once again reveal how the vagaries of the market—such as inventories, model year changes and seasonality—can create ups and downs not necessarily reflective of demand, or the long-term viability of a particular car. Nonetheless, the combined tally for the two cars is 46 percent higher than last year at this time.

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By Zach McDonald ·
February 28, 2013

Nissan LEAF Price Cut Makes it One of the Cheapest Cars to Own

What is the true cost of ownership of an EV and how might the new less-expensive 2013 Nissan LEAF change the outcome of that equation? To answer this question, I turned to's "True Cost to Own" calculator—and I was somewhat surprised by what I found.

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