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By Brad Berman ·
December 22, 2014

Five Critical Changes for the Next Nissan LEAF

More than 150,000 units have been sold since this time four years ago when the small Nissan EV first went on sale in the United States. But four to five years is the common lifecycle span of most automotive models—so with the new year approaching—we’re thinking about the second-generation LEAF.

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By Brad Berman ·
October 06, 2014

2015 Nissan LEAF: Features and Pricing for 2015

Time flies, and believe it or not, the pioneering all-electric Nissan LEAF has been on the market for four years. Most vehicle models receive a design overhaul about every four or five years, so speculation that the LEAF will be transformed for 2015 is not unwarranted. Sorry, but the hearsay appears to be incorrect—major tech upgrades or visual remakes won’t be coming until 2016 or later.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
September 04, 2014

Electric Car Sales Doing Just Fine (If You Don't Count Hybrids)

A new Edmunds analysis says the "green car" market is stagnant, but that's misleading—cars with plugs are showing big gains.

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By Brad Berman ·
July 30, 2014

Small EVs Perform Well on Most, But Not All, Crash Tests

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced today that it has completed tests of 32 small cars for its “small overlap front crash protection.” The results for plug-ins were mixed, with the Chevrolet Volt earning an “acceptable” rating, and the Nissan LEAF electric car getting a “poor” rating. The new small overlap test, introduced in 2012, replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another car or an object such as a tree.

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By Brad Berman ·
June 03, 2014

Record Sales of Nissan LEAF Electric Car in May

Nissan sold 3,117 units of its LEAF electric car in May. This was the best sales month ever for the LEAF. “LEAF hit two major milestones in May with 50,000 total U.S. sales since launch and more than 3,100 total deliveries in a month,” said Toby Perry, marketing director and overseas program director, Nissan LEAF.

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By Brad Berman ·
May 15, 2014

Nissan Plans for Improved LEAF EV in 2017

Automotive News reported this week that Nissan will expand the LEAF’s range, and employ more mainstream styling, to make the small electric car more appealing. Best estimates put the release of a new and improved LEAF around 2017.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
April 21, 2014

It Works for Tesla: EV Buyers Should Have Battery Pack Size Options

Both the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan LEAF may be offered with battery choices. It's a trend that makes sense.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 03, 2014

Nissan Recalls Nearly 30,000 Nissan LEAFs

Nearly one million Nissan vehicles are being recalled this month, due to issues with airbag sensors. Approximately 29,165 Nissan LEAF electric cars are included in the recall. The affected LEAFs were manufactured between Nov. 21, 2012 and Feb. 6, 2014. They are both 2013 and 2014 model year vehicles.

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By Alysha Webb ·
January 17, 2014

Cars.com Names the Nissan LEAF as “Eco-Friendly Car of the Year”

Cars.com, a consumer website aiming to help ordinary people choose the right car, has named the 2013 Nissan LEAF its “Eco-Friendly Car of the Year.” The LEAF’s competitors this year were the Chevrolet Volt and the Volkswagen Jetta Sportswagen TDI, Cars.com executive editor Joe Wiesenfelder told PluginCars.com. The LEAF “is accessible, high-volume, and most recently started to address the limitations that have kept people from buying it,” he said.

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By Brad Berman ·
January 09, 2014

Nissan LEAF Price Increases by $180 for 2014

Nissan yesterday announced a modest $180 increase in the starting price of the 2014 all-electric LEAF, compared to the 2013 model. The entry-level S trim is now priced at $28,900. The only change in features is the inclusion of the RearView Monitor as standard equipment on all models, where it was previously part of the “Charge Package.” The LEAF’s SV and SL trim choices will also be offered in 2014 with a $180 increase. The LEAF SV is now priced at $32,000, and the SL at $35,020.

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