Green price war breaks out to spark interest in electrics

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2013
As the auto industry struggled to recover from the recession, it swore off the deep discounting that destroyed profits and led to disaster. Now, a price war has erupted in the industry's smallest segment: electric cars.... Read More »


Nissan poised to boost Leaf output

7:53 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
Nissan is making plans to begin building more electric Leafs as dealers clamor for more of the once slow-selling car. Bill Krueger, the automaker's North American factory chief, has been visiting with retailers in recent days and cautions that production will move ahead in small and careful steps.... Read More »


GM chops $5,000 off Volt price for '14 as competition grows

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2013
GM is cutting the Chevrolet Volt's price by $5,000 amid price pressure from rival electrified vehicles. The sticker price on the 2014 Volt, which will arrive at dealerships this month, will be $34,995, including an $810 destination fee. That drops the effective price to $27,495, after applying the $7,500 federal tax credit for the plug-in hybrid.... Read More »


For BMW, i3 hatchback is mark of electric car confidence

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2013
Costly gamble or in tune with the public mood? BMW is set to launch its first all-electric car, hoping to stir demand for a pricey luxury model just as some other producers hit hurdles in selling electric propulsion.... Read More »


Nissan's new problem: Not enough Leafs

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2013
The Leaf is now selling at more than 2,000 a month and Nissan continues ramping up its assembly process.... Read More »


Nissan, in bid to boost Leaf, plans 100 EV chargers for dealers

7:58 pm U.S. ET | July 8, 2013
Nissan, aiming to boost sales and ease concerns about owning the Leaf electric vehicle, plans to install more than 100 public DC quick chargers at dealers certified to sell the EV in 21 U.S. markets.... Read More »


Ford, Tesla drive healthy volume gains for battery cars in first half

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2013
Ford's expanded hybrid and plug-in model lineup and demand for Tesla's luxury battery sedans helped electric-drive cars and trucks grow faster in the United States in the first half than even surging pickup trucks.... Read More »


Infiniti EV delayed to add better tech, Nissan exec says

July 5, 2013 06:01 CET
The head of Nissan global planning says Infiniti's electric car has been delayed because the premium automaker wants to incorporate more advanced charging and battery technology into the vehicle. Andy Palmer denied speculation the delay indicated that Infiniti and parent Nissan were losing interest in electric cars.... Read More »



Nissan's plan to get the East to embrace the Leaf

1:58 pm U.S. ET | July 3, 2013
The West Coast has always been a sweet spot for sales of the Nissan Leaf, one of the first EVs on the U.S. market -- and now that comfort is spreading east.... Read More »


Nissan adding 900 jobs at Smyrna, Tenn., plant

1:54 pm U.S. ET | June 27, 2013
Nissan, aiming to boost its U.S. market share and increase North American production, plans to add 900 workers at its assembly operations in Smyrna, Tenn. The plant added 810 employees last fall. The next increase will put the plant at well over 7,000 workers, according to the company.... Read More »


Nissan to offer battery upgrade option for Leaf

4:17 pm U.S. ET | June 20, 2013
Nissan, aiming to be the biggest mass-market seller of electric vehicles, said it will offer an option to owners of its Leaf hatchback in the United States to upgrade to the latest lithium-ion battery technology.... Read More »


Certified-used Leafs coming -- but at what price?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2013
Two years after Nissan started selling the Leaf electric vehicle, Nissan is puzzling over a new question: how to sell the car when it comes back used. Nissan hasn't offered the Leaf through its certified-used program because there weren't enough cars returning. But with the first two- and three-year leases starting to expire, Nissan plans to add the Leaf to its certified-used program this summer.... Read More »


Chevy hikes Volt spiffs to spur sales, lower stockpiles

2:55 pm U.S. ET | June 11, 2013
GM is boosting incentives on the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid to spur sales and lower stockpiles amid price cuts and lease deals on the Nissan Leaf and Fiat 500e electric vehicles.... Read More »


Tesla's 'III': Leaf's price, 200-mile range

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2013
Tesla Motors will launch a small electric sedan in late 2016 with a range of at least 200 miles and a price point "half" that of the flagship Model S, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said last week. The Model S starts at $62,400, after a $7,500 federal tax incentive, meaning the so-called "Gen III" vehicle will start at about the same price as the Nissan Leaf SV and have triple the real-world range.... Read More »



Nissan Europe names Diernaz first EV boss

June 10, 2013 06:01 CET
Nissan Europe has named Jean-Pierre Diernaz as its first director of electric vehicles for the region, where sales of the automaker's Leaf EV have not met expectations. He moves over from Nissan's luxury subsidiary, Infiniti, where he was director of marketing and communications.... Read More »


Honda slashes Fit EV lease price to $259/month

7:00 am U.S. ET | May 30, 2013
Responding to price-dropping offers from other automakers on their electric vehicles, Honda will slash the lease deal for its Fit EV starting in June.... Read More »


Toyota Prius generates most online buzz, study says

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2013
The Toyota Prius was the most talked about hybrid vehicle online, generating $14.5 million in total media value, from January through April, according to a new study from a social analytics company.... Read More »



U.S. tweaks boost Leaf's mpg score

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2013
U.S. production of Nissan's Leaf electric vehicle has resulted in improved EPA fuel economy numbers for the car. The production move from Japan to Nissan's plant in Smyrna, Tenn., this year gave the automaker a chance to make a small number of midcycle engineering changes.... Read More »


Renault-Nissan unlikely to hit 2016 EV target

May 13, 2013 06:01 CET
Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault and Nissan, said the companies are unlikely to reach their goal of selling a combined 1.5 million electric vehicles by 2016. Nissan has sold just 62,000 Leafs since the EV's debut in late 2010, he said.... Read More »


Nissan-Renault unlikely to hit 2016 EV target

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 13, 2013
Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan and Renault, said the companies are unlikely to reach their goal of selling a combined 1.5 million electric vehicles by 2016. Nissan has sold just 62,000 Leafs since the EV's debut in late 2010, he said.... Read More »


2nd lives for EV batteries could cut prices

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 6, 2013
Lithium ion battery packs that power some electrified vehicles could end up feeding juice into the electrical grid -- a development that could cut EV ownership costs.... Read More »


Nissan pushes chargers to boost sales of Leaf EV

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29, 2013
To attract a bigger audience to electric cars, Nissan officials say they must get more public EV chargers in place -- particularly the more powerful and expensive fast-charging stations. Nissan has assigned a five-person "infrastructure" team to spur charger-station installations.... Read More »


Automakers pitch green cars for saving money, not the planet

8:23 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2013
Nissan is joining General Motors and Tesla Motors, the largest sellers of rechargeable autos in North America, in promoting the money-saving benefits of battery-powered cars over saving the planet.... Read More »


Nissan to pitch cost savings of Leaf EV in new ad push

11:34 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2013
Nissan is readying a new U.S. ad campaign for its battery-powered Leaf hatchbacks that puts more emphasis on saving money than on saving the planet.... Read More »


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