By Zach McDonald ·
October 05, 2012

Nissan VP Andy Palmer Answers Questions About LEAF Battery Concerns

Nissan has released video of a 16-minute interview between global executive vice president Andy Palmer and noted electric vehicle advocate Chelsea Sexton. The video comes as the carmaker attempts to repair its relationship with some in the EV community who have been dissatisfied with its response to reported battery degradation in hotter climates like Phoenix.

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By Zach McDonald ·
September 28, 2012

Nissan's LEAF Point Man Retires

In the wake of the Arizona range-loss debacle, Nissan has announced the retirement of one of the key figures in reintroducing EVs to the American market. Mark Perry, Director of Product Planning and Advanced Technology, has been central to the LEAF program from the beginning.

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By Zach McDonald ·
September 27, 2012

Nissan to Buy Back Some Range-Depleted LEAFs

After months of frustration and anxiety, relief may finally be on the way for some LEAF owners who have reported rapid, unexpected range loss in hotter climates. “The ship is slowly beginning to turn away from rough waters,” said LEAF owner and advocate Tony Williams to me in a phone interview last night.

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By Zach McDonald ·
September 22, 2012

For Arizona LEAF Owners, Selling Is No Longer an Option

Over the last two weeks I've spoken to several frustrated Arizona LEAF owners who have tried to no avail to sell or trade in their cars to area dealerships. In some cases, dealerships told them that they are unwilling to purchase any used LEAFs because to date, Nissan has offered no assurance that the problem will be remedied. One owner was told "there is no resale market for [the LEAF] at this point."

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By Zach McDonald ·
September 11, 2012

Recent Trend Sees LEAF Owners in Harsh Climates Selling Their Cars

Almost two years after Nissan triumphantly introduced the first mass-market electric vehicle to the American market, there are signs the car is in serious trouble. The problem isn't so much disappointing sales numbers—few people expected a technology as radically different as the LEAF’s to take off overnight. Rather, there is growing customer dissatisfaction in some areas that threatens Nissan's efforts to grow demand for battery electric vehicles in the United States.

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By Nick Kurczewski ·
August 15, 2012

Renting an Electric Car Is Daunting Task, Especially in Texas

When pioneering electric vehicles owners travel across the country, and need to rent a car, they logically would prefer an EV. But that experience can be daunting, as reported by one this site’s community members. In fact, on more than one occasion, agents try to discourage rental of an electric car.

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By Brad Berman ·
August 02, 2012

Nissan LEAF Is the Honda Insight of Electric Cars

Month after month, electric car fans hope that sales of the Nissan LEAF turn a corner, but the disappointing numbers persist. I’ve been wondering what the public is yawning at? Then, it hit me that perhaps the Nissan LEAF is to electric cars what the original Honda Insight is to hybrids—a wonderfully inventive first attempt at something new, but simply not the combination of design and functionality to appeal to anybody except early adopters.

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By Zach McDonald ·
July 27, 2012

Nissan and GE Have Figured Out Why the WattStation Damages Some LEAFs

Today, General Electric updated the public concerning its WattStation home charging station's potential to damage the Nissan LEAF's onboard charger. While the problem is yet to be fixed, GE and Nissan say they have tracked it down to a software issue in the LEAF that can make the car vulnerable during blackouts and momentary power dips.

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By Zach McDonald ·
July 13, 2012

Nissan Dealer Warns Customers: Using GE's WattStation Charger Can Damage Your LEAF

A Bay Area Nissan dealership sent an urgent email yesterday evening warning customers to avoid using General Electric's WattStation to charge their LEAFs due to the possibility that the Level 2 home charge station could do damage to the car's onboard charger. The message from Hanlee Hiltop Nissan of San Pablo, Calif., stated that Nissan has identified multiple documented cases of cars losing their ability to charge after being connected to the WattStation.

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By RecargoJames ·
July 12, 2012

Two Nissan LEAFs Go Head-to-Head for Range and Economy

Recently, PluginCars.com decided to compare two Nissan LEAFs, head-to-head, in a competition for range and economy. The plan was to run one LEAF in the "Eco" Mode, while running the other in the normal "D" position, on a grueling course which started at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, driving to the top of Mt. Wilson, then returning to the bottom of Angeles Crest Highway.

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