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Nissan expects Leaf sales to hit 50,000

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Nissan CEO Ghosn thinks selling 50,000 Leafs should not be a problem -- even with first-quarter sales down 21 percent. The key to EV growth will be more public charging, he says....
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Nissan bets ad dollars on 4 models

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

Nissan will focus its marketing dollars on four key models for the foreseeable future, even as it prepares for another wave of critical product launches....
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Calif. considers a plea for plug-in hybrids

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2015

Ford, Honda, GM and Toyota fear they’ll need to offer large incentives to meet California’s mandate for zero-emission vehicles. So they are pushing the state to rewrite its formula to offer more credit for plug-in hybids such as the Chevy Volt....
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Renault increases Zoe EV's range by 30km

March 27, 2015 06:01 CET

Renault has extended the range of its battery powered Zoe subcompact hatchback by 30km to 240km (149 miles) to help boost sales....
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Automakers in race to double range of affordable EVs

1:52 pm U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

Automakers are readying a new generation of mass-market electric cars with more than double the driving range of today's Nissan Leaf, betting that technical breakthroughs by big battery suppliers will jump-start demand and pull them abreast of Tesla....
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KEITH CRAIN

Is cheap fuel permanent or a blip?

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Lots of smart folks in the automobile industry are betting huge amounts of money that alternative-fuel vehicles will capture an important part of the market. But it is going to be difficult to displace gasoline for mainstream vehicles in the U.S....
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Nissan close to eliminating EV range anxiety with longer range, exec says

4:19 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015

Nissan is very close to eliminating range anxiety with its next-generation electric vehicle battery. The company's chief planning officer declined to give a timeline for expanding the electric car's driving range, but suggested the breakthrough could come around the debut of the next-generation Leaf electric vehicle. That car may arrive around 2017 or 2018....
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Nissan still counts on Leaf for global marketing

10:28 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015

The electric Leaf will continue to represent Nissan globally for branding purposes, even as the automaker turns out flashier and more elegant new models....
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Industry 'can't give up on EVs'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015

With gasoline selling for less than $2 a gallon in some states, it's fair to ask whether the industry's investment in electric vehicles has been an expensive blunder....
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Nissan sees record 2015 for Leaf EV in Europe

Dec. 23, 2014 06:01 CET

Nissan expects to increase European sales of the Leaf electric car by "double-digit" percentage points in 2015 following record sales this year....
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NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Nissan offers rare peek into battery making

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014

A rare tour of Nissan's UK battery plant demonstrated how tricky it is to build the product. The factory produces battery for the Leaf electric car and the e-NV200 electric van....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Tesla, BMW, Nissan help boost EV sales in Europe

Nov. 11, 2014 06:15 CET

Helped by new entries such as the BMW i3 and Tesla Model S, the market for electric cars in Europe may rise to 150,000 with a "high scenario" of 250,000 by 2020 in a total global market forecast to be 19.3 million, analysts LMC Automotive predicts....
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No jolt out of normal-looking Focus Electric

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014

After two years of paltry Focus Electric sales, the question is: Do customers want their battery-electric vehicles to look just like normal cars?...
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

VW, Porsche, Lamborghini roll out plug-in hybrids

Oct. 1, 2014 23:33 CET

VW Group premiered four plug-in hybrids in Paris. The VW Passat GTE and Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid production cars as well as the Lamborghini Asterion and XL Sport concepts are aimed at helping VW meet tougher CO2 targets....
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RICHARD JOHNSON

BLOG: The Nissan Leaf's top-selling town?

10:31 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014

It's true that sales of Nissan's Leaf have picked up momentum this year in the United States, but what is the geographic mix across the country? Where is the Leaf doing well?...
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Renault-Nissan rethinks EV battery strategy

Sept. 25, 2014 06:01 CET

The Renault-Nissan alliance is reviewing its in-house battery production. Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says that the alliance will buy batteries from external suppliers rather than relying nearly exclusively on those made internally....
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POWER PLAYERS

Carmakers, utilities team up so EV batteries can supply electric grid

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

As electric vehicles have gained popularity in some circles, so has the idea of using their batteries to stabilize the electric grid -- and paying the cars' owners for the help....
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Small cars struggle in latest round of IIHS crash tests

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2014

Small cars performed poorly in a new round of insurance industry crash testing, with the four-door Mini Cooper Countryman receiving the only good rating of 12 cars evaluated. Meanwhile, the lithium ion electric batteries of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid and Nissan Leaf electric vehicle survived during their first Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests with no problems reported....
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Nissan to add L.A. to 'No Charge to Charge' Leaf promotion

4:01 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2014

Nissan said today it will add Los Angeles to its “No Charge to Charge” promotion for the Leaf electric vehicle on Aug. 15....
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Nissan's next EVs: More mainstream, better battery

11:42 am U.S. ET | May 7, 2014

Nissan wants its next-generation Leaf electric vehicle to get more mainstream styling and a new battery that greatly increases its range. And Infiniti's delayed electric car will debut with the improved battery by early 2017....
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