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 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 Edmunds.com's "True Cost to Own" calculator—and I was somewhat surprised by what I found.

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By Nick Kurczewski ·
February 08, 2013

January Dip in EV Sales Due to Low Inventory

Don’t count the EV market as down for the count. A number of fairly mundane factors have contributed to the sales lull, including a lack of dealership inventory and the arrival of new, less expensive trim levels.

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By Zach McDonald ·
January 02, 2013

New LEAF Warranty Will Cover Battery Capacity Loss

After a summer filled with LEAF battery capacity loss claims that were only amplified by Nissan’s slow response, the carmaker has announced a major step that could help to put warm weather LEAF drivers’ minds at ease concerning the problem. In a trio of posts at MyNissanLEAF.com, Nissan told the LEAF community that beginning in Spring 2013, the car’s New Electric Vehicle Limited Warranty will include a 5-year, 60,000-mile protection against battery loss in excess of 30 percent.

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By Zach McDonald ·
December 13, 2012

Kelley Blue Book’s LEAF Resale Values Lag Behind Other Vehicles

After recently hearing from some Nissan LEAF owners who were disappointed in trade-in offers they had received for their cars, I decided to look into Kelley Blue Book’s valuations of used LEAFs. As it turns out, they were lower than other similarly priced vehicles. What accounts for this difference, and will it prove to be an obstacle for Nissan and the EV market as a whole?

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By Zach McDonald ·
November 21, 2012

Nissan Unveils LEAF Improvements, New Pricing

At an event in Japan today, Nissan announced a host of changes for the 2013 edition of the LEAF, including new pricing for a stripped-down version of the car and 15-percent more range. Though the announcements officially pertained only to Japan, Nissan officials told reporters there that similar changes can be expected for other markets as well.

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By Zach McDonald ·
November 15, 2012

LEAF Family Logs 24,000 Miles in First 18 Months of Ownership

Seeking to put to rest the myth that battery electric vehicles are only for low-mileage drivers, Nissan released a video featuring a LEAF family from Orlando, Fla., that have logged nearly 24,000 miles in their car over just 18 months of ownership. Shannon and Christin Monroe (and their 9-month-old son) use their LEAF almost exclusively, averaging nearly 45 miles per day.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
October 30, 2012

Gearing Up America's First Electric Taxi Service

If it can win local approvals, a northern Virginia entrepreneur will launch a fleet of 50 Nissan LEAF taxis, serving Washington, DC and its suburbs.

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By Zach McDonald ·
October 09, 2012

Nissan Moves to Resolve More LEAF Range-Loss Claims

More than two weeks after offering to buy back a pair of range-depleted LEAFs in the Phoenix area, Nissan appears to be moving swiftly in resolving remaining weather-related battery-loss claims in the Southwest. On Friday, the carmaker contacted at least four LEAF owners to schedule tests on their cars, with one of those owners reporting to PluginCars.com that he has already received a buyback offer for his LEAF.

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By Nick Kurczewski ·
October 08, 2012

California’s Skyrocketing Gas Prices Could Boost EV Sales

The bad news at the fuel pump got even worse this weekend for California residents, as prices in a number of metro areas hit new highs. These record gas prices in California are a burden to consumers, but a possible boon to automakers trying to revive stubbornly stagnant sales of EVs.

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