By Larry E. Hall ·
June 28, 2011

EV Records Shattered At Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

The headline news from Sunday’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the 10-minute Holy Grail time has finally been broken. But for EV fans, the big news is the record times set by Iuko Hanawa in the purpose-built Summit HER-02 electric racecar, and Chip Yates on his SWIGZ.COM Pro Racing electric motorcycle. Plus, Chad Hord and the Nissan LEAF became the first winners of the new Electric Production Class.

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By Larry E. Hall ·
June 22, 2011

Electrics To Tackle Pikes Peak, Including Stock Nissan LEAF

While the mainline press will focus their attention on mega-horsepower racing machines roaring up Colorado’s Pikes Peak this coming Sunday, fans of vehicles powered by electrons will focus on three nearly silent vehicles—a stock Nissan LEAF, the Yokohama sponsored Custom Summit HER-02 purpose-built EV, and Chip Yate’s record-setting SWIGZ.COM Pro Racing Electric Superbike.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
June 17, 2011

San Diego's EV "End Game" Includes 70 Cars and Clean Energy

San Diego is embracing EVs like no other city, even in electrified California. Some 10 percent of the Nissan LEAF reservations are in San Diego, and the university is leading the charge with a rollout of as many as 70 campus-based EVs, plus renewably sourced electricity to charge them at ECOtality Blink and GE WattStations.

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By Brad Berman ·
May 27, 2011

Nissan Disses Chevy Volt in New LEAF Ad

Just as the duel between Nissan and General Motors—regarding their alternative plug-in strategies—seemed to subside, Nissan throws a jab below the belt. In its clever (and hilarious) new ad campaign, "What If Everything Ran on Gas?," the product placement to represent all gas cars is none other than the Chevy Volt, G.M.'s plug-in hybrid that runs mostly on electricity, but uses a gas engine to extends its range by hundreds of miles.

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By Zach McDonald ·
May 26, 2011

Nissan Breaks Ground on 30 of 125 Tennessee-Bound Solar Charging Stations

Nissan announced Monday that it has begun installation of 30 solar-assisted charging stations at its Franklin, Tenn., headquarters and Smyrna assembly plant. The stations are part of a larger $6.8 million project headed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which will be installing a total of 125 solar chargers throughout its home state of Tennessee within the next year.

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By Zach McDonald ·
May 17, 2011

LaHood Visits Nissan Battery Facility, Says Tax Credit Reforms Are Coming

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood visited Nissan's plant in Smyrna, Tenn., today to check out construction of the carmaker's new $1.4 billion battery facility there. The secretary also took the opportunity to tell executives and workers at the factory that he's optimistic an important reform to the federal $7,500 per vehicle EV tax credit will be part of the next tax bill to makes its way out of Congress.

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By Zach McDonald ·
May 16, 2011

VIDEO: Nissan LEAF RC Gets Into Racing Shape

Though the Nissan LEAF RC's meek range, speed, and acceleration numbers are likely to keep it out of existing circuit races, Nissan says it is exploring new race formats—like indoor, city or night events—that could showcase the unique advantages of emissions-free racing, albeit at lower top speeds and over shorter distances. Recently, the carmaker released video of the LEAF RC in action at Japan's Sodegaura Forest Raceway, where it's being tested and tuned by the Nissan racing team.

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By Zach McDonald ·
May 13, 2011

Top Gear Team Proves Electric Vehicle Batteries Can Run Out, Goes to Lunch

After Tesla's recent much-publicized lawsuit against the BBC and its wildly popular Top Gear series, you'd think that the show might be inclined to keep its bias against electric vehicles in check for a little while. But Top Gear has never shied away from controversy, and is evidently preparing to launch yet another assault in its war on plug-ins. Video emerged yesterday of the team from Top Gear pushing a battery-dead Nissan LEAF around the British city of Lincoln, where they were filming an episode.

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By John Gartner ·
May 09, 2011

Today’s EVs Won’t Party Like It’s 1999

For each hopeful soul lining up to see "Revenge of the Electric Car," there is a non-believer who says that today’s EVs are no better than those that came before, and that EVs are a passing fad.

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By Zach McDonald ·
May 07, 2011

LEAF Owner Denied Charge at Local Nissan Dealership

This week, contributors at MyNissanLeaf Forum expressed mild outrage over an incident involving a LEAF owner and staff members at a local Northern California dealership. Finding herself uncomfortably close to running out of juice, a LEAF driver used Nissan's CARWINGS navigation system to locate the nearest public charging station, which happened to be at Stevens Creek Nissan in San Jose. After calling ahead, she was told could drop by to plug in during her lunch hour. Upon arriving at the dealership though, that story had changed.

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