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2018 Nissan LEAF Review

September 10, 2017

The 2018 Nissan LEAF offers enough promise to retain its place as the best selling EV in the world First, let’s take a look at it. Why the 2018 LEAF raises the bar [UPDATE: This article was updated 9/22/17 to correct information about the charge cable.] The design direction of the new LEAF is a […]

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40kWh 2018 LEAF

August 13, 2017
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2018 LEAF range won’t match others According to recently leaked information on the Autobytel website, it seems the new 2018 LEAF will have a 40 kWh battery pack. Given the range of the current 30 kWh pack (107 miles), the larger size of the new battery along with expected improvements in drivetrain efficiencies, the driving […]

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2018 LEAF Preview

August 4, 2017
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Nissan has given us another preview. The reveal of the 2018 Nissan LEAF is slated for early next month. Meantime, Nissan has just released this animated teaser touting the improvements in airflow. I’ll talk more about my observations soon.

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Nissan’s self-driving cars start arriving soon

July 22, 2017
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2018 LEAF will drive itself – partially Autonomous cars are the new thing. Cars that park themselves. Adaptive cruise-control that maintains a safe following distance between cars. The ability for cars to stop before running into the car that stops abruptly in front of them. Many of these technologies have made their way into everyday […]

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Should I buy a used Nissan LEAF?

June 16, 2017
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Or rather, why you should buy a used Nissan LEAF According to the California Plug-in Electric Vehicle Driver Survey Results – May 2013, 94 percent of EV owners also own a conventional fuel vehicle. Why do I lead with this? Because, the odds are, you are already a multiple-vehicle household. It likely would be very easy […]

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One way to optimize your range

June 10, 2017
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What’s on your wheels? Not long ago I wrote an article about losing the fourth bar on my 2012 Nissan LEAF. When writing that article, I noticed that our fuel economy was 3.1 miles per kilowatt hour, which I had never really paid any attention to before. This is pretty low compared with many EV […]

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What four bars down looks like

May 29, 2017
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Battery degradation in a 2012 Nissan LEAF Battery degradation exists in electric cars, just as it does in mobile phones and laptops, but many people that are not familiar with electric cars have no idea what that is, or what it means. This article will help to fill in that knowledge gap. First, let’s provide you with […]

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On this, we can all agree

May 20, 2017
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Nissan’s first look at 2018 LEAF Easily the most disliked feature of the current generation Nissan LEAF is the headlight design. Nissan’s whole argument behind the large, misshapen and protruding objects was that they were designed to optimize airflow around the side-view mirrors. In fact, they even posted video showing how effective they were at […]

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2018 Nissan LEAF reveal in September

March 13, 2017
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Spy shots reveal some styling cues On Friday Nissan finally threw us a bone on their official Twitter account – the 2018 Nissan LEAF will be revealed sometime in September with sales starting likely in December. The “globally revealed” comment in the Tweet could refer to the upcoming Frankfurt International Auto Show. Although the Oklahoma […]

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Nissan makes electric sexy

February 20, 2017
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Nissan’s BladeGlider gets an update Perhaps recognizing that there’s not much excitement with their everyday electric car, the LEAF, Nissan announced Margot Robbie as their new electric vehicle ambassador with a video of her racing around the streets of Monaco in the newly redesigned BladeGlider. Here’s a look: Nissan introduced the BladeGlider, an all-electric, rear-wheel-drive, […]

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