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Nissan’s affinity for electric cars has yet to catch on with its luxury brand, Infiniti, but that may change. The Japanese carmaker has sold the Leaf EV for six years, but a planned EV for its Infiniti luxury brand has been caught up in the automotive-industry version of development limbo. Now, thanks to burgeoning demand […]

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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 rush toward self-driving cars just accelerated as California issued permits to privately held Wheego and Valeo North America last week, bringing the total to 17 companies with testing permits. The state’s Department of Motor Vehicles said the two new companies now have approval to run tests with a single vehicle each, operated by up […]

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Today most major automakers say they’re eager to build electric cars, many have announced new models with more pending, but none would be doing this if they did not have to. To some observers this may be obvious, and to others just loosely aware of the facts and fancies surrounding the electrification of the automobile, […]

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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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Could Nissan be working on a subcompact EV to be positioned below the Leaf in the lineup? One report seems to think so. Gareth Dunsmore, who leads Nissan’s EV operations in Europe, indicated as much to AutoExpress: “We’ve invested $5.4 billion (£4.1 billion) in electric cars such as the Leaf, so we need to ensure […]

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As part of Volkswagen’s commitment to electric vehicles, the e-Crafter battery electric delivery van was introduced at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover, Germany on Wednesday. The automaker said the electric version was planned early on in the Crafter’s development process and has the same dimensions as the new gasoline and diesel models that […]

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Major automakers are ramping up their fight and exerting pressure to delay or seek adjustments to the Obama administration’s aggressive fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission targets by 2025. In a prepared statement made public on Wednesday, Mitch Bainwol, head of the industry trade group Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, said that low gasoline prices and […]

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Europe’s best-selling battery electric car, the Renault Zoe, will arrive at the Paris Motor Show Oct. 1 with an increased driving range of 200-plus miles (320 km). The report comes from French business publication BMFBusiness but doesn’t say what the new battery capacity would be. It’s also not clear if the driving range is based […]

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Nissan chose the Miami Auto Show this past weekend for the world debut of the 2017 Rogue Hybrid and its gasoline counterpart crossover SUV. In addition to the new gasoline-electric powertrain, the 2017 Rouge gets a freshened exterior and interior along with added features, and is expected to push aside the Altima sedan to become […]

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