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2012 Nissan Leaf Nismo announced

Nissan Leaf Nismo Concept

At this year’s edition of the Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota unveiled the Nismo version of the 2012 Leaf which can be considered as a cross between the regular Leaf and the Nismo RC race car we’ve talked about a few weeks ago.

Nissan Leaf Nismo Concept

The car show in Tokyo was riding on 18-inch black-painted alloys and had a full sports bodykit with blue LED under-body lightning and a white paintwork. However, there’s more to this car than just look, because in an interview given by Andy Palmer – who is the company’s executive vice president for planning – the car will have 10% more power in comparison to the standard version. He added that the car is scheduled to go on sale towards the end of next year.

Nissan Leaf Nismo Concept

10% more power means that the Leaf’s current 80 kilowatt motor will go up to 88 kilowatts, which would probably make it almost one second quicker in the 0-62 mph sprint time.

Source: Nissan via Green Car Reports

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NYC and Nissan will test six 2012MY Leafs in taxi service

In the last few months, the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission has made significant efforts to replace the low-mileage Ford Crown Victoria with high-mileage hybrids, mostly the Ford Escape crossovers. However, there haven’t been any attempts at bringing a few plug-in hybrids in the city, but this situation is about to change in the near future.

The city of New York and the Japanese automaker Nissan have teamed up to test six units of the 2012MY Leaf hatchbacks in taxi service. The testing will begin in spring 2012 and New York has issued the official notice of the Electric Taxi Pilot Program for anybody who wants to join in. The partners are looking for fleet operators and owner-drivers that want to participate in this pilot program. Each and every one will get a leased Nissan Leaf for up to a year, with no cost.

All of the six cars will go into regular service on the NYC streets using an existing medallion so that the current taxi owners won’t have to worry about more competition. We don’t know if the cars will have restrictions on duty or distance, as the taxis in Tokyo sometimes do, or whether they will be operated on a single shift per day or the drivers will have to charge them using the DC quick-charging which fills the lithium-ion battery pack to 80% in less than 60 minutes.

Source: Nissan via Green Car Reports

Nissan Leaf’s Charging Station Is $400 Cheaper

Last week, Nissan announced the they have reduced the price for the Leaf’s charging station from $2,200 to $1,818, which is still a considerable amount of money taking into consideration that you have to add the installation costs in some cases.

Those who live in houses that have sufficient electrical capacity left for providing the necessary 7.2 kilowatts of power to the charging station and have an accessible breaker box of the proposed charging station location, Nissan’s level 2 charging system costs only $1,818. However, those who are living in an older house that needs electrical improvements or those who live in a home in which the breaker box is not near the garage, will have to pay more. According to Green Car Reports, some of the official installation quotes reached even several thousands of dollars.

If you are thinking that this steep price tag is due to Nissan’s charging station itself, you’re wrong. Why? Because even though the Japanese automaker asks $1,818 for it, you can get in touch with the Aerovironment to get it as a cash-and-carry unit for only $800 or so. Even though in most states in the U.S., these have to be installed by an approved electrician, many owners of the Nissan Leaf are asking their local electricians to install them for $200-$500.

Moreover, even the first person in the United States who bought the Leaf, saved approximately $900 by purchasing the charging station directly from Aerovironment and after that he paid his electrician to install it.

Source: Nissan via Green Car Reports

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Nissan Working On 10-Minute Rapid Charger For Leaf

Nissan Leaf

Perhaps the second biggest drawback that EVs have, after the short range, would have to be the time it takes to fill up the batteries. The Leaf’s so-called rapid-charger takes 30 minutes to provide the juice to the EV, which for most people is still an inconvenience as drivers consider that it should take as much time as it does to fill up a gasoline vehicle.

Anyway, the Japanese automaker Nissan might have a solution to this problem as they’ve teamed up with Kansai University from Japan to develop a truly quick charger that fills up the batteries of the Leaf in only 10 minutes, which is really impressive.

By replacing the electrode material inside the capacitors from carbon to tungsten oxide and vanadium oxide, the engineers have found out that the power circuits inside the charger are able to handle more power, thus increasing the amount of power that the Leaf’s battery pack can safely take. This means that the development is not in fact in battery technology, but in the charging technology. It doesn’t really matter; the only thing we care about is reducing the time it takes to charge an EV.

This decrease in charging an EV can have positive effects not only on the electric car industry, but in also other devices, from medical equipment to computers, improving power and efficiency so it’s a breakthrough not only for the automotive industry, but also for just about any other domain out there that uses electronic devices.

However, we will have to wait about a decade for this technology to be implemented at a commercial level, but the future looks promising. Until then, all you Leaf owners are pretty much stuck with the 30-minute charger. But let’s face it, a half an hour is not that bad.

Source: Nissan via Green Car Reports

Nissan Sells More Than 15,000 Leafs

Nissan Leaf

Back in July, Nissan’s chief executive officer Carlos Ghosn said that the Japanese automaker has managed to sell more than 10,000 units of the Leaf, which makes Nissan “clearly the global leader in zero emission mobility.” Since then they’ve sold another 5,000 Leafs for a grand total of 15,000 cars since the car was introduced in Japan and in the U.S. towards the end of last year, according to the Detroit Free Press.

To put these figures in perspective, let’s mention that the cumulative sales of the Toyota Prius in 1997 hit 3,000 units, followed by 20,000 units in the following year and hitting 35,000 cars in 1999. Keep in mind that we are talking about a Japan-only Prius. Since then, the model has become a global product and in March this year Toyota stated that they’ve managed to sell more than three million units of the model.

Tesla Motors has sold so far about 1,800 units of its Roadster model while Chevrolet delivered approximately 4,000 units of the Volt.

Source: Nissan via green.autoblog.com

2012 Nissan Leaf Now Available In Six New States

2012 Nissan Leaf

Nissan announced several days ago that the 2012MY Leaf is now available for ordering in six new states: Colorado, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey. While the 2011MY Leaf wasn’t able to cope with the cold weather, the new one should resist the rough winters in Colorado and the northeast thanks to the cold-weather package which comes as standard.

This cold-weather package includes a battery heater to keep the EV’s lithium-ion battery warm while driving the car in cold weather, along with electrically-heated passenger seats plus steering wheel.

Those of you who live in one of the six recently added states and you have already made a $99 deposit for the car will be contacted by Nissan. If you haven’t put your name on the preorder list you can do it starting with today.

Source: Nissan via Green Car Reports

5,000th Nissan Leaf Sold, California Has Most Of Them

2011 Nissan Leaf

About eight months ago Nissan started selling its highly anticipated all-electric Leaf model and just a few days ago they’ve reached an important milestone, selling the 5,000th unit to a customer in the United States. According to the company’s spokesperson Katherine Zachary, most of the sales have been to clients who live in the United States.

The Japanese automaker stated that approximately 85% of the cars sold come with the DC rapid-charging port, despite the fact that there aren’t that many publicly available DC rapid charging stations. While for the 2011MY this is an optional, for next year’s 2012MY it will come as standard to the Leaf SL.

Approximately 18,000 clients paid $99 to get on the pre-reservation list in the areas where the car won’t be available sooner than next year.

Source: Nissan via Green Car Reports

Nissan Leaf Gets Android And Blackberry Apps

Nissan Leaf Application

The North American division of Nissan announced a few days ago the launch of an application for the Android and Blackberry platforms that allows the users to check a whole bunch of various statistics of their EV at any time. This clever software permits Leaf owners to start charging their car, check the status of the battery as well as find out the estimated driving range and also launch the HVAC controls before the driver jumps in the car so that the temperature will already be at the desired level.

This software is available for any of you who own a Nissan Leaf as well as an active CARWINGS subscription. If you own an Android smartphone, the version of the operating system has to be at least 2.1 (Éclair) in order to work while for Blackberry users the requirements are at least OS 5.

The Leaf’s main competitor, the Chevrolet Volt has a similar OnStar application but the major drawback in this case is that it’s available only for the iPhone.

As a reminder, the Nissan Leaf comes with an electric motor that has 107 hp and is powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. If the batteries are full, the EV offers a driving range of up to 100 miles while the top speed is 90 mph. Filling up these batteries takes up to 8 hours if you use a 200V outlet but if you get a DC 50kW quick charger, you’ll have to wait only 30 minutes or even less to charge the batteries at up to 80% of their capacity.

If you’re interested in the Nissan Leaf, you should know that the price tag for the 2012 model year starts from $35,200.

Source: Nissan via Auto Evolution

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2012 Nissan Leaf Will Get Several Updates In North America

2011 Nissan Leaf

The 2012 Nissan Leaf is going to be offered with several upgrades when it will hit the market on August 4th this year. The most important one is in the SL variant which will get as standard the DC fast charge port, allowing the EV to be charged at 480V. This means that the owner of the Leaf can charge the batteries of the car to 80% of their capacity in less than half an hour. Aside from this upgrade, all of the variants of the Leaf are going to be offered with a heated steering wheel, heated seats and a battery warmer.

The base price for the 2012 Nissan Leaf is $35,200 and it will be available for order in new territories, like Pennsylvania, Indiana and Nevada.

Source: Nissan via WCF

Ladies, get ready! Ryan Reynolds Teams Up With Nissan for Zero-Emissions Nissan Leaf

Ladies, we all know Ryan Reynolds and we can say he is quite…hot! And since we found out that he is also an environmental activist, he seems to have become even hotter. So, his affiliation to the “Innovation for Endurance” program cannot be ignored by any car lover; he comes to support the Nissan Leaf, a 100% electric vehicle that he actually owns.

“I believe it’s possible to take great leaps forward without sacrificing a way of life. For me electric vehicles, like the Nissan Leaf, are not only representative of taking back the power, but also a significant statement about conscious ways of living,” said Reynolds.

So, we are going to see the face of Ryan Reynolds on digital and print creative and videos for Facebook. Actually, Ryan only joins a huge group of elite fitness enthusiasts, athletes and coaches who share innovations in fitness, health, gear and training through on-site event appearances and blog posts.

“We’re ecstatic to have Ryan Reynolds join us as the newest face in the ‘Innovation for Endurance’ program. (…) He believes in the Nissan LEAF and knows the important impact it will have on the environment and as an active individual, ‘Innovation for Endurance’ made sense as a program that supports initiatives Ryan already participates in.” said Brian Carolin, senior vice president, sales and marketing, Nissan North America Inc.

Dear ladies, I’m afraid that in short time we might become fans of Nissan’s campaign by only watching the sweet Ryan on it.

So, was Ryan Reynolds a good move for Nissan?

[Source: Nissan, Photo]

Nissan Leaf Will Participate In The Pikes Peak Hill Climb

We have some surprising news coming from Nissan. Earlier this week they’ve announced that their highly acclaimed all-electric model will participate at the 89th edition of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb which will be held this month on the 26th. What makes it even more interesting is the fact that they’ll use the regular Leaf, not the NISMO RC version.

Behind the wheel of the EV will be Chad Hord, a veteran off-road truck racing champion. The only modifications brought to the car will be the addition of a roll cage and a 5-point seatbelt. Other than that, it will be standard. In other words, it will feature the same modest 80-kW electric motor that generates 107 hp and has a peak torque of 207 lb.-ft.

Stay tuned for more information about the upcoming Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

Source: GreenCarReports

Nissan LEAF 2011 NBA Finals commercial

Nissan will introduce to the market a new LEAF commercial on June 12 during the NBA finals. The ad will try to show a world ruled by gas-powered utilities in order to promote LEAF’s electric engine.

The 2011 version of LEAF will feature an 80kW synchronous motor and a 24 kWh lithium-ion battery. The price starts at $25.500.

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Nissan Leaf Gets 5 Stars Rating From Euro NCAP

The Nissan Leaf is the first EV in Europe that received a five star rating from the prestigious Euro NCAP organization. The car got an 89% rating for adult safety, 83% for child protection and 84% for the on-board safety-assist systems, including the speed limited and the ESC – Electronic Stability Control.

As far as the pedestrian safety is concerned, the car got a 65% rating which is pretty good in comparison to other tested models. The Leaf was able to achieve this good score thanks to its low nose design and the comparative lack of “hard points” under the hood, at least that’s what Nissan says. The automaker added that the vehicle’s 48 lithium-ion batteries, which have been installed in a special compartment located under the rear seats, “completely withstood all the impacts.”

Besides the Nissan Leaf, other cars that managed to grab all the five stars were the Volvo V60 (obtaining 100% for its Safety Assist), Peugeot 508, Citroen DS4, Ford Focus and the Lexus CT200h.

Starting with next year, three of these cars will not be able to get the five-star rating due to the reason that Euro NCAP’s pedestrian protection scores will increase from the current 40% to 60%.

Source: Euro NCAP via AutoCar

Buy New Electric Car Cheap

Electric cars have started to grow on us, especially because as years pass we start thinking more about the environment. As a result the automotive industry has decided to pay more attention to this car market segment. Therefore, we started having the opportunity to buy a new electric car cheap. In addition, there are also available hybrid cars that represent a nice compromise between safe performance and an environmentally-friendly engine doubled by low fuel consumption.

If you are interested in buying a new electric car cheap you should first of all visit websites like hybridcars.com that specializes in this type of vehicles and will be able to offer you a list of cheap electric cars from which to choose. The criteria used for selection should be first of all based on the budget you have available for your purchase. You can select the three cheapest electric cars on the list but in the process you can also take into consideration the quality factor. The prices are expected to lower as the years pass, because the technology will develop and the market will expand.

When I mean quality, I suggest you to look into aspects like durability, service and reliability. Though cars like the Nissan Leaf come at low prices that many see as best value for your money, you should take a look at the bigger picture before making your final choice. The three reference points I mentioned before can be hard to balance with a low price, but it’s not impossible.

Nissan Leaf

The cost of an electric vehicle has become nowadays competitive with the prices of petrol/diesel vehicles and even of hybrid models. It is true that governs have interfered as well, but that’s their way of showing support for an eco-friendly technology. For example, the UK govern has decided to deduct £5,000 from the price tag of the Nissan Leaf. As a result, for £23,350 you are buying a reliable electric car. So, you should take advantage of the offer right now if you intent to buy a new electric car cheap, because you never know how much time this discount will still be offered.

There are many models of electric cars available on the market There is the Nissan Leaf I mentioned before, one of the most popular electric vehicle that has recorded impressive sales in the US and now in the UK. But there are also other competitors that come strong from behind. I’m talking about the G-Wiz electric car which is not as known as the Leaf, but it’s a small car, ideal for a family of four and designed for driving in crowded cities. It can be charged via a 13 amp socket and it will retain 80% charge only after two hours of recharging that will cost around 30 or 50 pounds.

The Mega City Electric car is another choice provided by BMW. The model is expected to be show cased in 2012 during the London Olympic Games and is very likely to be introduced in production in 2013. There is a little more waiting involved, but the promise of a production car releasing zero emissions is a record for the company and for the industry, therefore worth the wait. The price might be spicier than we would like, but the first sketches revealed involve a lightweight body but strong, aerodynamic and attractive.

Mega City Electric car

These are just a few examples. Some are already available, others are a work in progress. There will be a day when the choice will become really overwhelming and buying a cheap electric car will as simple as breathing.

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The environmentally friendly cars have become the main point of interest for the most important car brands. Nowadays, diesel, hybrid and even electric cars are available on the market. If you are interested in buying an electric car you have a variety of models from which to choose, offering you comfort and speed at an affordable price. I will try to help you in making a decision regarding your intention to buy an electric car by making a list of the most promising electric cars available in 2011 on the USA market.

 

First on my list is the Coda electric car available with a 4 seats capacity and powered by a 728 cell lithium-ion phosphate battery. The car has a range of 90-120 miles and can achieve a maximum speed of 80 mph. The Coda electric car comes with an interesting warranty: 3 years or 36,000 miles. An interesting fact is that the battery which equips this car is covered for 8 years/100,000 miles. If you are interested in buying this electric car you should know that the price is around $37,000.

 

Another electric car is the Ford Focus EV which will be available in a limited edition. The drive train of the Ford is manufactured by Magna International. As a result, the Focus will have a 100 mile range and will be equipped with lithium-ion batteries. This car will be sold for a price tag around $30,000.

 

The Nissan Leaf is a good choice if you want to buy an electric car. It is 100 percent electric and can seat up to five passengers. It has five doors and a range of 100 miles per charge. The Nissan Leaf uses a lithium-ion battery of 24 kWh. There are also available a lot of interesting features including the navigation system and a push ignition button. This electric car can be yours for only $26,000 after all applicable tax credits.

 

The incredible Fisher Karma can’t miss from my list. This car features a gas engine used to recharge the battery and an electric motor for the powertrain. The Karma was designed by Henrik Fisher and boasts a 300 mile range. It can turn from zero to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds and can reach a maximum speed of 125 mph. The first 50 miles are driven with the help of a fully-charged battery and after that the gasoline engine turns on a generator which charges the lithium-ion battery. Interested? Then you should know that its price goes up to $110,000.

 

Fisher Karma

The Think City is another electric car which will be available in 2011 in the US. It uses the Zebra sodium battery and the lithium–ion battery from EnerDel. These batteries can be charged through a regular socket. The car also features airbags, Bluetooth, ABS and MP3 player. The Think City is a two door car capable to perform through the crowed traffic. And if you want to buy this electric car you will have to pay no more and no less than $42,000.

 

Last, but not the least on my list is the $109,000 Tesla Roadster, a pretty hot sports car. The Roadster is a very fast electric car able to go from zero to 60 mph in only 3.9 seconds and, moreover, it can run up to 245 miles on a single charge. It is made of carbon fiber and the power train includes a custom microprocessor-controlled lithium-ion battery. The interior is incredible and features cruise control, power windows and door locks, air conditioning, leather, touch screen featuring GPS, HD Radio, Bluetooth and many other gadgets.


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