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

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By Eric Loveday ·
February 25, 2013

In UK, Nissan LEAF Provides Quiet Ride Through National Park

National parks are often home to delicate ecosystems with wildlife that shouldn't be disturbed by the roar of combustion engines or the stench of tailpipe emissions. Yet, the only way for most people to gain access to nature parks is in a car. A luxury B&B in the U.K. has the answer: offer visitors a guided tour in an all-electric quiet Nissan LEAF.

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By Eric Loveday ·
February 18, 2013

Nissan LEAF Sales Exceed 50,000 Worldwide

Despite all the hand-wringing and controversies, the electric vehicle market continues to grow. Sales of the Nissan LEAF now exceed 50,000 units worldwide. That makes the LEAF the best selling electric vehicle of all time.

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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 Eric Loveday ·
February 06, 2013

2013 Nissan LEAF Gets Optional Energy-Efficient Bose Audio

Nissan is now touting its newly available Bose system on the SV and SL versions of the 2013 LEAF. "The all-electric Nissan LEAF may be known for being quiet on the outside, but now it's boomin' on the inside," states Nissan in a press release, "with the first custom-designed Bose Energy Efficient Series sound system available on the 2013 model that goes on sale this month."

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