By Jim Motavalli ·
May 05, 2011

Nissan LEAF Taxis: Ready for the Mean Streets of New York?

I think I understand why the Nissan NV200 won the New York City taxi wars. It may not look like much, but it’s totally practical, with lots of room for four passengers and their luggage as well as a cool roof panel to let tourists look at the skyscrapers. But here’s a curve ball: As part of the program, Nissan is also sponsoring a pilot program “to study the use of zero-emission, electric vehicles as taxis.” That means that up to six Nissan LEAFs, and their charging stations, will hit the mean streets with meters running next year.

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By Nick Chambers ·
November 22, 2010

Nissan LEAF Finally Gets Official EPA Fuel Economy Label

With consumer deliveries scheduled to begin in the next month, the Nissan LEAF has been granted a final fuel economy window sticker from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency—truly at the eleventh hour. The label will tell consumers that the LEAF gets 99 miles per gallon-equivalent (MPGe), can go 73 miles on one charge, takes 7 hours to fully charge and releases zero grams of carbon dioxide per mile.

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By Brad Berman ·
May 27, 2010

13 Key Questions and Answers about Nissan LEAF Battery Pack and Ordering

A Nissan technician on the production line in Smyrna, Tenn. bolts a gas tank into a Maxima. Nissan will run the LEAF on the same line, but will install battery packs instead of gas tanks—and electric motors and components instead of engines and transmissions. Yesterday’s groundbreaking for Nissan’s Smyrna, Tenn. battery plant allowed us to do a deep dive with Mark Perry, Nissan's director of product planning for the Nissan LEAF.

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By Brad Berman ·
May 08, 2010

Electric Car Battery Costs, Don’t Believe What You Read

The Times of London reported last month that the cost of the 24 kilowatt-hour battery pack in the all-electric Nissan Leaf, due out later this year, is £6,000—or US $375 per kilowatt-hour. That's a few dollars away from what many observers consider to be a tipping point for mass adoption of electric cars. Is it time to cue Kool & the Gang and pop open the champagne? Not quite, say a number of experts—including some leading EV advocates.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 27, 2010

Nissan Breaks Ground on UK Production of Lithium Batteries

Construction of the Renault-Nissan Alliance's first European plant for the production of advanced lithium-ion batteries began today in Sunderland, U.K. Toshiyuki Shiga, chief operating officer of Nissan, said the plants in Sunderland, and one coming online in Portugal, will support electric cars in Europe on “an unprecedented scale."

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Tally of Nissan Leaf Orders

By Brad Berman ·
April 26, 2010

In the US, 7,000 reservation orders in one week. In Japan, 3,750 in three weeks. These numbers look solid, but it's hard to tell how things will trend in the coming weeks.

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Nissan Leaf Early Sales Go to Fleets

By Michael Coates ·
April 22, 2010

The Nissan Leaf has just gone on sale in Japan and early orders show a heavy purchase by fleets rather than individuals. Typically it is individuals that drive new vehicle sales.

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