LEAF 101

First gen LEAF remanufactured batteries on the way

May 19, 2018
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Remanufacturing LEAF batteries When Nissan first started selling the LEAF in 2010, they were already looking to the future. They partnered with Sumitomo to create 4R Energy Corporation to evaluate second-life applications for degraded EV batteries. 4R Energy is now starting production of remanufactured batteries in Japan. Previously, it took Nissan 16 days to evaluate […]

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LEAF wins KBB Five Year Cost to Own – Electric Vehicle

February 27, 2018
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Less is more Lower operating expense is an important reason to buy an electric car compared to a gas powered car. If this factor is important to you, it makes sense to consider the one that has the lowest cost of ownership. This year, it is the 2018 Nissan LEAF. Kelley Blue Book (KBB) annually […]

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LEAF vs. Bolt Test Drive Comparison

February 3, 2018

How do they stack up? With the launch of the 2018 Nissan LEAF, I thought I’d provide a write-up of the two vehicles most likely to be duking it out for the affordable EV sales crown this year. Chevrolet launched the 2017 Bolt in late 2016. Not all markets got the car at the same […]

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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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