The Truth About Cars » Nissan Leaf http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Tue, 03 May 2016 18:35:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Meow, Nissan: Automaker Slaps Tesla in New Leaf Ad http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/meow-nissan-automaker-slaps-tesla-in-new-leaf-ad/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/meow-nissan-automaker-slaps-tesla-in-new-leaf-ad/#comments Fri, 22 Apr 2016 15:00:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1330017 Nissan is trying to play Tesla’s lengthy Model 3 waiting list to its advantage. A print ad that landed in the country’s most-read newspapers this morning is playing up the Model 3’s wait times, according to Automotive News, and encouraging EV buyers to go the faster route by buying a Leaf. There’s nothing subtle about […]

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Nissan is trying to play Tesla’s lengthy Model 3 waiting list to its advantage. A print ad that landed in the country’s most-read newspapers this morning is playing up the Model 3’s wait times, according to Automotive News, and encouraging EV buyers to go the faster route by buying a Leaf. There’s nothing subtle about […]

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There’s a (100-Mile) Ford in Your Future, But That’s About It http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/theres-a-100-mile-ford-in-your-future-but-thats-about-it/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/theres-a-100-mile-ford-in-your-future-but-thats-about-it/#comments Mon, 18 Apr 2016 15:15:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1326601 Ford Motor Company is hitting the brakes in the electric vehicle range war. While competitors like Tesla and General Motors are busy preparing EVs with ranges of 200 miles or more, Ford is staying put at the 100-mile line, Automotive News has reported. Though it plays well in the plug-in hybrid game with models like the […]

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Ford Motor Company is hitting the brakes in the electric vehicle range war. While competitors like Tesla and General Motors are busy preparing EVs with ranges of 200 miles or more, Ford is staying put at the 100-mile line, Automotive News has reported. Though it plays well in the plug-in hybrid game with models like the […]

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Ask Bark: The Supercut, Episode One http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/ask-bark-supercut-episode-one/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/ask-bark-supercut-episode-one/#comments Thu, 14 Apr 2016 16:20:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1323882 Since we’ve been doing these Ask Bark columns at the beginning of the year, I’ve received well over a hundred questions from you, our loyal readers. While I truly want to answer all of them, some of them don’t need a 1,000 word response, so they’ve been languishing in my inbox because I can’t turn them into […]

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Since we’ve been doing these Ask Bark columns at the beginning of the year, I’ve received well over a hundred questions from you, our loyal readers. While I truly want to answer all of them, some of them don’t need a 1,000 word response, so they’ve been languishing in my inbox because I can’t turn them into […]

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Nissan Wants More EVs, Might Produce an Electric Sports Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/nissan-wants-evs-might-produce-electric-sports-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/nissan-wants-evs-might-produce-electric-sports-car/#comments Fri, 08 Apr 2016 19:15:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1321146 Is there a Nissan competitor to the BMW i8 in the works? A senior executive has hinted there might be. Speaking to Auto Express, senior vice-president Shiro Nakamura said an electric sports car is one option the automaker is considering for its upcoming modular vehicle platform. The key, said Nakamura, is the placement of the batteries, as […]

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Is there a Nissan competitor to the BMW i8 in the works? A senior executive has hinted there might be. Speaking to Auto Express, senior vice-president Shiro Nakamura said an electric sports car is one option the automaker is considering for its upcoming modular vehicle platform. The key, said Nakamura, is the placement of the batteries, as […]

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TTAC News Round-up: Tesla Range Rumors Fly, Lada Needs a Miracle, and Nissan Dreams Big http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/ttac-news-round-tesla-range-rumors-fly-lada-needs-miracle-nissan-dreams-big/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/ttac-news-round-tesla-range-rumors-fly-lada-needs-miracle-nissan-dreams-big/#comments Tue, 08 Mar 2016 17:00:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1299633 Is Tesla planning a Model S update that squeaks past 300 miles of range? That, a savior is needed at Lada’s parent company, Nissan wants your future car to be everything, Ford goes all in down under, and pedestrians and cars are meeting frequently … after the break! Is Tesla going the distance? Is it […]

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Is Tesla planning a Model S update that squeaks past 300 miles of range? That, a savior is needed at Lada’s parent company, Nissan wants your future car to be everything, Ford goes all in down under, and pedestrians and cars are meeting frequently … after the break! Is Tesla going the distance? Is it […]

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Electric Cars Aren’t So Dirty, Coal Power at 35-year Low http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/electric-cars-arent-so-dirty-coal-power-at-35-year-low/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/electric-cars-arent-so-dirty-coal-power-at-35-year-low/#comments Mon, 01 Feb 2016 21:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1277834 Electric vehicles aren’t rollin’ coal anymore — or, at least, not nearly as much as they used to. Reuters reports coal-fired electricity generation is now at a 35-year low in the U.S., and November 2015 was the fifth month in a row more natural gas than coal was used to produce electricity. That’s not all. […]

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Electric vehicles aren’t rollin’ coal anymore — or, at least, not nearly as much as they used to. Reuters reports coal-fired electricity generation is now at a 35-year low in the U.S., and November 2015 was the fifth month in a row more natural gas than coal was used to produce electricity. That’s not all. […]

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Mark Bites Back: In Defense of Nissan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/mark-bites-back-defense-nissan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/mark-bites-back-defense-nissan/#comments Tue, 03 Nov 2015 19:00:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1210777 Bark and I, either by fate or consequence, were presented with very similar automotive options lately. While his choice was made on the Emerald Aisle, mine was made over the phone before a planned trip to watch the final round of the Nissan Micra Cup in Quebec. And while he was less than impressed with the 370Z […]

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Bark and I, either by fate or consequence, were presented with very similar automotive options lately. While his choice was made on the Emerald Aisle, mine was made over the phone before a planned trip to watch the final round of the Nissan Micra Cup in Quebec. And while he was less than impressed with the 370Z […]

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Is This Concept the Next-generation Nissan Leaf? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/is-this-concept-the-next-generation-nissan-leaf/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/is-this-concept-the-next-generation-nissan-leaf/#comments Fri, 23 Oct 2015 20:00:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1203577 “The future vision of car intelligence and electrification.” That was the entire press release provided by Nissan along with the above photo. That’s it. That’s all. So, let the wild speculation begin. Is this the next-generation Nissan Leaf? Or is it a life orb that will ship us off to fight to the death in […]

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“The future vision of car intelligence and electrification.” That was the entire press release provided by Nissan along with the above photo. That’s it. That’s all. So, let the wild speculation begin. Is this the next-generation Nissan Leaf? Or is it a life orb that will ship us off to fight to the death in […]

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Editorial: Tax – Don’t Subsidize – Electric Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/editorial-tax-dont-subsidize-electric-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/editorial-tax-dont-subsidize-electric-cars/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 14:00:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1114993 All power is not created equal. That’s one of many takeaways from a comprehensive study by the National Bureau of Economic Research, one of the nation’s prominent think tanks. The paper focused on the relative impact of green-energy cars, concluding that an electric car in New Jersey doesn’t have the same environmental impact as an electric […]

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All power is not created equal. That’s one of many takeaways from a comprehensive study by the National Bureau of Economic Research, one of the nation’s prominent think tanks. The paper focused on the relative impact of green-energy cars, concluding that an electric car in New Jersey doesn’t have the same environmental impact as an electric […]

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Sales Of The Aging Electrics You Know Best Are Predictably Falling Fast http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/sales-aging-electrics-know-best-predictably-falling-fast/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/sales-aging-electrics-know-best-predictably-falling-fast/#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 14:17:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1072482 We’re accustomed to seeing outdated sports cars stumble as they age. They’re as capable as they were when launched, of course, but demand for the cars often decreases rapidly. Those who were interested in the stylistic proposition already bought one. Those who saw them as paragons of performance encounter newer models with a greater dynamic portfolio. […]

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We’re accustomed to seeing outdated sports cars stumble as they age. They’re as capable as they were when launched, of course, but demand for the cars often decreases rapidly. Those who were interested in the stylistic proposition already bought one. Those who saw them as paragons of performance encounter newer models with a greater dynamic portfolio. […]

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A Leaf Falls In January: After 23 Consecutive Increases, Nissan USA Reports Leaf Decline http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/leaf-falls-january-23-consecutive-increases-nissan-usa-reports-leaf-decline/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/leaf-falls-january-23-consecutive-increases-nissan-usa-reports-leaf-decline/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 15:54:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1006802 In the same way that consecutive games without a point draw attention to the fact that Sidney Crosby previously achieved a 25-game point streak, the Nissan’s Leaf slight decline in the lowest-volume month on the calendar shines a light on what was a 23-month streak of year-over-year improvements. Leaf volume slid 15% in January 2015, […]

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In the same way that consecutive games without a point draw attention to the fact that Sidney Crosby previously achieved a 25-game point streak, the Nissan’s Leaf slight decline in the lowest-volume month on the calendar shines a light on what was a 23-month streak of year-over-year improvements. Leaf volume slid 15% in January 2015, […]

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Behold, The Leafamino http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/behold-leafamino/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/behold-leafamino/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:37:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=914794 Engineers at Nissan’s Arizona proving grounds have created a one-off pickup truck variant of the Nissan Leaf. The Leaf truck was apparently built to haul people and goods around Nissan’s campus, but is apparently “not very tough”. I can’t say its terribly appealing to me, but I’m sure there are a few of you who […]

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Engineers at Nissan’s Arizona proving grounds have created a one-off pickup truck variant of the Nissan Leaf. The Leaf truck was apparently built to haul people and goods around Nissan’s campus, but is apparently “not very tough”. I can’t say its terribly appealing to me, but I’m sure there are a few of you who […]

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New Round of IIHS Small Offset Tests a Mixed Bag http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/new-round-iihs-small-offset-tests-mixed-bag/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/new-round-iihs-small-offset-tests-mixed-bag/#comments Sat, 02 Aug 2014 15:54:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=878322   The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released the results of its latest round of small offset crash tests. This latest group of twelve cars posted a wide range of scores, highlighting the challenging nature of the Institute’s newest test. Only one car earned a “Good” rating from the Institute for this test, with […]

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  The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released the results of its latest round of small offset crash tests. This latest group of twelve cars posted a wide range of scores, highlighting the challenging nature of the Institute’s newest test. Only one car earned a “Good” rating from the Institute for this test, with […]

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Reader Ride Review: 2013 Nissan Leaf http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/reader-ride-review-2013-nissan-leaf/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/reader-ride-review-2013-nissan-leaf/#comments Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:30:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=850682 Let’s play a little word association, shall we? Okay, great! I will say the name of a car, and you describe its owner. Nissan Leaf S. Got it? Cool. Here’s what I came up with: LeMons-racing, Glock-owning, Libertarian-leaning, father of four, mechanical engineer. Wait, that’s not what you came up with? Well then you don’t […]

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Let’s play a little word association, shall we? Okay, great! I will say the name of a car, and you describe its owner. Nissan Leaf S. Got it? Cool. Here’s what I came up with: LeMons-racing, Glock-owning, Libertarian-leaning, father of four, mechanical engineer. Wait, that’s not what you came up with? Well then you don’t […]

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Next Nissan Leaf Will Look Like A Normal Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/next-nissan-leaf-will-look-like-a-normal-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/next-nissan-leaf-will-look-like-a-normal-car/#comments Mon, 12 May 2014 12:27:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=819425 Nissan’s next iteration of the Leaf EV will hang on to its hatchback styling, but it will look more like a conventional car. According to Automotive News, Nissan EV product chief Andy Palmer said that the next version of the Leaf would conform more closely to the latest Nissan design language seen on cars like the […]

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Nissan’s next iteration of the Leaf EV will hang on to its hatchback styling, but it will look more like a conventional car. According to Automotive News, Nissan EV product chief Andy Palmer said that the next version of the Leaf would conform more closely to the latest Nissan design language seen on cars like the […]

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Is The Nissan LEAF Worth The Green? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/is-the-nissan-leaf-worth-the-green/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/is-the-nissan-leaf-worth-the-green/#comments Wed, 26 Feb 2014 12:00:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=754225 What happens when the subsidy is over? This is a question that I tried to study in depth about a month ago when one of my friends had a 10 year old Toyota Prius that had seemingly lost it’s battery. It turned out that he didn’t need a new car, or a new battery. A […]

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What happens when the subsidy is over? This is a question that I tried to study in depth about a month ago when one of my friends had a 10 year old Toyota Prius that had seemingly lost it’s battery. It turned out that he didn’t need a new car, or a new battery. A […]

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Cops Nab Electric Leaf Owner Before He Can Ride Free On Your Nickel http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/cops-nab-electric-leaf-owner-before-he-can-ride-free-on-your-nickel/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/cops-nab-electric-leaf-owner-before-he-can-ride-free-on-your-nickel/#comments Wed, 04 Dec 2013 15:56:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=671122 The owner of a Nissan Leaf was arrested in Georgia last week for stealing 5 cents worth of electricity after he plugged his car into the exterior outlet at a local middle school while his son was playing tennis.   According to Atlanta’s NBC affiliate, 11 Alive, the car had only been plugged in for […]

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The owner of a Nissan Leaf was arrested in Georgia last week for stealing 5 cents worth of electricity after he plugged his car into the exterior outlet at a local middle school while his son was playing tennis.   According to Atlanta’s NBC affiliate, 11 Alive, the car had only been plugged in for […]

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Following Tesla Success in Sept. Nissan Leaf Tops Norway Oct. Car Sales http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/following-tesla-success-in-sept-nissan-leaf-tops-norway-oct-car-sales/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/following-tesla-success-in-sept-nissan-leaf-tops-norway-oct-car-sales/#comments Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:00:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=641049 Spurred by tax breaks, free recharging stations, free parking and other benefits for EV drivers worth up to $8,100 (about 6,000 euros) a year per car, electric cars are doing very well in Norway. Reuters reports that Tesla’s Model S was the best selling car in Norway in September and Nissan’s Leaf was the market […]

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Spurred by tax breaks, free recharging stations, free parking and other benefits for EV drivers worth up to $8,100 (about 6,000 euros) a year per car, electric cars are doing very well in Norway. Reuters reports that Tesla’s Model S was the best selling car in Norway in September and Nissan’s Leaf was the market […]

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Still Not Ready For The Rental Counter: EV Rentals Fail To Thrive http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/still-not-ready-for-the-rental-counter-ev-rentals-fail-to-thrive/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/still-not-ready-for-the-rental-counter-ev-rentals-fail-to-thrive/#comments Tue, 15 Oct 2013 19:00:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=624593 ‘ Tis better to own a Leaf or an S than to rent one, it seems. According to Enterprise Holdings Inc., known for driving around in cars wrapped in branded brown paper for some reason, customers who rent electric-only vehicles from their lot soon return their sustainable rides for a one with a sustainable range […]

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‘ Tis better to own a Leaf or an S than to rent one, it seems. According to Enterprise Holdings Inc., known for driving around in cars wrapped in branded brown paper for some reason, customers who rent electric-only vehicles from their lot soon return their sustainable rides for a one with a sustainable range […]

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Nissan to Start Selling California ZEV Credits, Joining Tesla http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/nissan-to-start-selling-california-zev-credits-joining-tesla/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/nissan-to-start-selling-california-zev-credits-joining-tesla/#comments Fri, 30 Aug 2013 19:13:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=503305 Tesla recently released financial figures that the company says demonstrate profitability. According to Automotive News, analysts have pointed out that some of Tesla’s revenue comes not from selling cars but rather by selling zero-emission credits to other car companies that want to do business under California’s clean-air regulations. If they want to sell cars in California, […]

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Tesla recently released financial figures that the company says demonstrate profitability. According to Automotive News, analysts have pointed out that some of Tesla’s revenue comes not from selling cars but rather by selling zero-emission credits to other car companies that want to do business under California’s clean-air regulations. If they want to sell cars in California, […]

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EV Trade Group Touts PEV Early Market Penetration Success, Tesla Model S Has 8.4% Share of Entire U.S. Luxury Segment http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/ev-trade-group-touts-pev-early-market-penetration-success-tesla-model-s-has-8-4-share-of-entire-u-s-luxury-segment/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/ev-trade-group-touts-pev-early-market-penetration-success-tesla-model-s-has-8-4-share-of-entire-u-s-luxury-segment/#comments Mon, 05 Aug 2013 16:35:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=498286 The Electrification Coalition (EC), a trade association of companies involved in the business of electric vehicle,s released a report last week prepared by PriceWaterhouseCoopers touting strong sales of plug in electric vehicles for the first 2 1/2 years that they’be been on the market in the U.S.. Reportedly consumers are embracing PEVs much faster than […]

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The Electrification Coalition (EC), a trade association of companies involved in the business of electric vehicle,s released a report last week prepared by PriceWaterhouseCoopers touting strong sales of plug in electric vehicles for the first 2 1/2 years that they’be been on the market in the U.S.. Reportedly consumers are embracing PEVs much faster than […]

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Honda Cuts Fit EV Lease Costs http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/honda-cuts-fit-ev-lease-costs/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/honda-cuts-fit-ev-lease-costs/#comments Thu, 30 May 2013 16:37:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=490072 New and current Honda Fit EV customers can look forward to a reduction in their lease costs.   The old lease cost of $389/month for 36 months with 12,000 miles allowed annually has now become $259/month for 36 months with unlimited mileage. Also included are scheduled maintenance, collision coverage and a free 240V charger (the […]

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New and current Honda Fit EV customers can look forward to a reduction in their lease costs.   The old lease cost of $389/month for 36 months with 12,000 miles allowed annually has now become $259/month for 36 months with unlimited mileage. Also included are scheduled maintenance, collision coverage and a free 240V charger (the […]

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Tesla Wants To Build A Leaf Competitor http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/tesla-wants-to-build-a-leaf-competitor/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/tesla-wants-to-build-a-leaf-competitor/#comments Tue, 28 May 2013 18:34:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=489777 Elon Musk is turning his sights towards the Nissan Leaf. The Tesla Motors founder says his ultimate goal is for a sub-$40,000 car that’s better than Nissan’s EV, and he’s hoping to make that happen within 4 years. The Detroit News quotes Musk during a Bloomberg interview “With the Model S, you have a compelling […]

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Elon Musk is turning his sights towards the Nissan Leaf. The Tesla Motors founder says his ultimate goal is for a sub-$40,000 car that’s better than Nissan’s EV, and he’s hoping to make that happen within 4 years. The Detroit News quotes Musk during a Bloomberg interview “With the Model S, you have a compelling […]

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Media Reporting Tesla Model S As Plug-In Sales Champion: O RLY? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/media-reporting-tesla-model-s-as-plug-in-sales-champion-o-rly/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/media-reporting-tesla-model-s-as-plug-in-sales-champion-o-rly/#comments Mon, 29 Apr 2013 21:10:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=486592 It’s a headline you might have seen in the past couple days: “Tesla Model S outsells Nissan Leaf (or Chevrolet Volt, you pick)”. To the layman, the story is that this amazing car from an amazing American upstart company is outselling lowly Chevys and Nissans to become America’s favorite EV. The angrier among us may […]

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It’s a headline you might have seen in the past couple days: “Tesla Model S outsells Nissan Leaf (or Chevrolet Volt, you pick)”. To the layman, the story is that this amazing car from an amazing American upstart company is outselling lowly Chevys and Nissans to become America’s favorite EV. The angrier among us may […]

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Nissan Europe Ramping Up Local Leaf Production http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/nissan-europe-ramping-up-local-leaf-production/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/nissan-europe-ramping-up-local-leaf-production/#comments Wed, 27 Feb 2013 15:46:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=479287 With Nissan bringing Leaf production to Japan and the United States, the next stop on their localization train is Europe. The Sunderland, UK plant will begin in the spring, and along with European production will be a series of tweaks for that market. Most significant for the Leaf is a bump in range, allowing the […]

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With Nissan bringing Leaf production to Japan and the United States, the next stop on their localization train is Europe. The Sunderland, UK plant will begin in the spring, and along with European production will be a series of tweaks for that market. Most significant for the Leaf is a bump in range, allowing the […]

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