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There are now more than 252,000 Nissan Leafs on the road worldwide. The all-electric hatchback began life with just 50 sales in December 2010 and has since become the world’s best-selling EV in terms of cumulative sales – and by extension it’s the pinnacle electrified product for the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Aided by availability in more […]

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During his keynote presentation yesterday at the Consumer Electronic Show, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn stated that a second-generation Leaf is coming “in the near future,” though he gave no information regarding driving range or a date and model year. It is known that Nissan has already developed a 60-kWh lithium-ion battery as suggested on the […]

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When asked whether electric cars stickering in the 30s are more expensive to own than a conventional $20,500 gasoline vehicle, people whose kneejerk response would be “yes” may be in for a surprise. According to a peer-reviewed analysis by Drive Electric Car New England, the cost difference between a $20,500 Honda Civic versus a $30,680 […]

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The year 2016 saw the first 200-mile range electric car for under $40,000 and 2017 is expected to witness a few more. General Motors’ well-publicized $37,495 Bolt EV is the forerunner fast-tracked to being first, but really, it is the inaugurator of a new price-for-range benchmark effectively raising expectations and dictating other automakers follow ASAP. […]

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With cars like the Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3 stealing Nissan’s thunder, a second-generation Leaf is needed, and its CEO Carlos Ghosn has suggested something big is coming at next month’s CES in Las Vegas. The head of the Renault-Nissan – and now Mitsubishi – Alliance wasn’t giving away all his secrets however, as he […]

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Six years ago this week, a new era in transportation began with the launch of the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf. The East-versus-West cars represented two different approaches to offset petroleum consumption along with attendant tailpipe emissions by substituting lithium-ion batteries and electric motors to propel them. The extended-range electric Volt with gasoline backup and […]

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Interested in the absolute ultimate in fuel savings among passenger cars that you can find? The disparity between cost to power the average 25-26 mpg new car sold in the U.S. versus the pinnacle among alternative-energy vehicles is quite significant. Topping the charts are pure electric cars which beyond night-and-day improvements in “fuel” (electricity) savings, […]

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The HybridCars.com monthly sales Dashboard is a collaboration of HybridCars.com and Baum & Associates, a Michigan-based market research firm focusing on automotive issues including the hybrid and electric vehicle market. Overall passenger vehicle sales for October were down 6 percent from a strong year-ago result and down 5 percent from September 2016. Through the first […]

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Midway through the 2016 model year, Nissan has upgraded the base model Leaf S’s battery from its original 24-kilowatt-hour to the larger 30 kWh found on the SV and SL models. That gives the battery electric car, renamed the S30, an EPA-estimated driving range of 107-miles, up from 84 – and the same now as […]

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The ongoing deals between automakers and tech companies continued today with the Renault-Nissan Alliance inking a partnership with Microsoft Corp. Microsoft agreed to provide its Azure cloud platform for cars made by Nissan and Renault as the automaker pushes forward with developing connected and self-driving vehicles. “While the connected car experience is in its infancy, […]

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