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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
August 26, 2013

Nissan Testing New Battery Pack to Address Problems with LEAF in Hot Weather

Nissan executives told a gathering of LEAF drivers in Phoenix on Saturday night that company engineers are currently testing a revised lithium-ion battery chemistry that appears to withstand extremes of heat far better than the cells found in existing LEAF battery packs.

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By Alysha Webb ·
August 14, 2013

Nissan Considers Introduction of Electric Cars in Thailand

Nissan is scoping out the electric car market in Bangkok. It just signed a memorandum of understanding with the Metropolitan Electricity Authority there to test the Nissan LEAF. “We have started by readying the infrastructure in order to make sure that Nissan's electric vehicle technology will respond to customer requirements effectively and gain positive response in the Thai market,” said Nissan Motors Thailand president Takayuki Kimura. But is there any hope of many EVs hitting roads in Thailand?

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
August 09, 2013

Nissan Readies Tennessee Factories To Increase LEAF Production

Nissan is readying a third shift at the factory in Decherd, Tenn., where it makes the car’s electric motor, so the company can respond to an increase in demand for its all-electric LEAF hatchback. Last year, Nissan sold 3,543 LEAFs between January and July. For the first seven months of 2013, Nissan sold 11,703 units. That's a 230 percent increase.

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By David Herron ·
August 05, 2013

Long-Distance Shipping of Electric Car Parts Adds Environmental Impact

That shiny new electric car in your driveway will dramatically reduce your personal environmental footprint, but when the manufacturer ships parts around the world before assembling the car, the transportation of those parts adds to the environmental impact of the car.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
August 02, 2013

Tips for Hot Weather Long-Distance Trip in Nissan LEAF

With the availability of DC quick charging stations on the rise, the number of electric car owners thinking about a summer road trip in a Nissan LEAF is also growing. According to Nissan, you can quick-charge your LEAF multiple times in a single day without damaging the car's lithium-ion battery pack. But with temperatures hitting triple digits in many part of the United States, battery heat could have a real impact on charging times. What follows are lessons learned from a 270-mile trip in a 2011 Nissan LEAF across the UK in 85-degree heat—recharging and driving almost continually for eight hours.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
July 25, 2013

Most Nissan LEAF Owners Want To Buy, Not Lease, Replacement Batteries

Nissan North America in June launched its LEAF battery replacement program, designed to give owners of high-mileage LEAFs a way to ensure that their car’s battery pack retains at least 70 percent of its original capacity, even if no longer under warranty. But most LEAF owners—57 percent to be exact—don't like the deal, according to a recent survey on a popular LEAF owners online forum.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
July 16, 2013

Nissan LEAF Gets Minor Updates For 2014

The all-electric Nissan LEAF hatchback will receive minor revisions for the 2014 model year, due in October. For 2014, Nissan is tweaking existing specs, adding a rear-view camera as standard on all trim levels, and improving the car’s on-board telematics system.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
July 14, 2013

Rising Demand for Nissan LEAF Leads to Short Supplies

In its first two years on the market, the all-electric Nissan LEAF fell short of the Japanese automaker's lofty sales goals. But since Nissan lowered the price of the small EV—and moved production of the U.S.-market LEAF from Oppama, Japan to Smyrna, Tenn.—demand for the LEAF has dramatically increased, prompting Nissan to comment that it can’t keep up.

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By David Herron ·
July 08, 2013

Canada to Mexico Electric Car Rally Changes EV Range Perceptions

There have been a number of long-distance electric car events held to counter perceptions about range limitations of EVs. The latest was last week's BC2BC-2013 Rally, in which eight electric cars and one electric motorcycle traveled from British Columbia to Baja, California. All but one successfully arrived, although the journey revealed weaknesses in electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

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By David Herron ·
July 02, 2013

Electric Vehicle Stereotypes Smoked at REFUEL 2013 Race at Laguna Seca Raceway

For some, what will sell electric vehicles is performance, and electric racing events offer the chance to demolish EV stereotypes.

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