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How the 2013 Nissan LEAF price reduction will influence the EV market

January 20, 2013
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A closer look at EVs in the US With the introduction of the 2013 LEAF, Nissan has changed the envelope within which all electric vehicles (EVs) in the United States must now compete. Here’s why. First, we should note that we are talking about pure electric vehicles. We are not including plug-in hybrids in this [...]

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2013 Nissan LEAF pricing announced

January 15, 2013
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Significant price reductions with domestic production $28,800. That is the new entry level price of the 2013 Nissan LEAF. Take off the federal and state incentives in California, the LEAFs best selling state to date, and the new LEAF S can be had for under $20,000, including destination. Perhaps even more amazing is the 36 [...]

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Nissan announces 2013 LEAF specifications

January 9, 2013
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Lower priced LEAF to be available Let me warn you now – if you want to learn about the changes to the 2013 LEAF you might as well grab a cup of coffee (or perhaps a stronger beverage of your choosing), and make yourself comfortable. We’re going to be here for awhile. First up – [...]

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New Smyrna battery plant online

December 16, 2012
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Ultimately capable of building 200,000 packs annually When Nissan moved into the Southeast and started production in Smyrna, Tennessee in 1983, not many probably looked ahead 30 years. If they did, they would see that first conventional gasoline vehicle plant grow to accomodate the production of electric vehicles (EVs). With additional plants added for powertrain assembly in nearby [...]

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2013 LEAF announced – for Japan

November 27, 2012
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Still awaiting US Spec LEAF announcement Last week Nissan Global announced the updated 2013 Nissan LEAF for the Japanese home market. Think evolutionary, rather than revolutionary. There is a launch video of the announcement – in Japanese. We tried to suffer through it to watch the slides at least, but couldn’t make it more than [...]

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How much will it cost to replace a Nissan LEAF battery pack?

October 10, 2012
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Nissan offers no price point yet In answer to a question from long time electric vehicle (EV) advocate Chelsea Sexton,  recently asked by Nissan to head an independent EV advisory counsel, Nissan Executive Vice President Andy Palmer stated that Nissan never imagined that there would be a customer that would want to replace an entire LEAF battery [...]

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Nissan e-NV200 is official

May 26, 2012
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Nissan’s electric van to be produced in Spain Nissan has confirmed the production of the e-NV200 in Barcelona, Spain in the 2013 Fiscal Year. Nissan’s fiscal year begins in April, so production could begin any time after that. The Spanish plant will be the sole manufacturer of the vehicle for global consumption. Based on the [...]

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Nissan LEAF battery update

April 17, 2012
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Nissan has produced over 11 million LEAF battery cells With a recent YouTube video (available below), Nissan has announced that they have produced over 11 million Nissan LEAF battery cells – roughly half of the auto industry’s global production. With Sunderland, UK producing batteries as of February, and Smyrna, Tennessee producing batteries later this year, [...]

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Nissan spills some future LEAF info

April 14, 2012
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From a webchat with a Nissan exec Mark Perry, Nissan’s Product Planning guy, participated in a webchat last week on Facebook to answer questions directly from participants. If you missed it (as we did) you can review the entire contents of that webchat here. We read through the hour long chat and pulled out some [...]

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LEAF sales gain in March

April 3, 2012
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Nissan LEAF records 579 sales in March With the introduction of the Nissan LEAF to the remaining states this month, making it the first electric vehicle (EV) from a major manufacturer available in all 50 states, one might have expected the sales numbers to jump up dramatically this month. That is, unless one is familiar [...]

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