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USA: 30 electric vehicles on display Sunday at Lake Eola

Ever wonder what it’s like to mash down the gas pedal of an electric car?

Oops: Accelerator pedal.

Your chance to do it is this Sunday, at Lake Eola in downtown Orlando, where electric-car promoters will display 30 vehicles “of all makes and models,” including Teslas, Nissan Leafs and a small fleet of Chevrolet Volts.

Several cars will be available for what t More

Ever wonder what it’s like to mash down the gas pedal of an electric car?

Oops: Accelerator pedal.

Your chance to do it is this Sunday, at Lake Eola in downtown Orlando, where electric-car promoters will display 30 vehicles “of all makes and models,” including Teslas, Nissan Leafs and a small fleet of Chevrolet Volts.

Several cars will be available for what t More

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First-Ever Nissan LEAF Owner Says His Interest in EVs is Now “Practical”

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Europe: 2011 Nissan LEAF Still Going Strong, After 41,000 Miles

At the end of March 2011, I took ownership of a European-spec Nissan LEAF. Roughly equivalent to an equivalent age Nissan LEAF SV, it has provided my family with mostly carefree motoring for the past 27 months. Last Saturday, it rolled over 40,000 miles and yesterday, it rolled over 41,000 after a trip across the U.K.

But how is my LEAF faring after hitting the 41,000 mile milestone? Has it More

At the end of March 2011, I took ownership of a European-spec Nissan LEAF. Roughly equivalent to an equivalent age Nissan LEAF SV, it has provided my family with mostly carefree motoring for the past 27 months. Last Saturday, it rolled over 40,000 miles and yesterday, it rolled over 41,000 after a trip across the U.K.

But how is my LEAF faring after hitting the 41,000 mile milestone? Has it More

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2011 Nissan LEAF Savage sale

$8,900 USD
VIN:JN1AZ0CP1BT004484
Sale Type:Buy it Now
Body Type:Hatchback
Title:Salvage
Doors:4
Vehicle Type:Car
Drive Type:FWD
Odometer:15689
Engine:0.0Li 0
Condition:Damaged
Transmission: 1 Speed
Stock Number:004484
Fuel Type:L
Description:
2011 Nissan LEAF – low miles , nice unit!!We are currently ov More

$8,900 USD
VIN:JN1AZ0CP1BT004484
Sale Type:Buy it Now
Body Type:Hatchback
Title:Salvage
Doors:4
Vehicle Type:Car
Drive Type:FWD
Odometer:15689
Engine:0.0Li 0
Condition:Damaged
Transmission: 1 Speed
Stock Number:004484
Fuel Type:L
Description:
2011 Nissan LEAF – low miles , nice unit!!We are currently ov More

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2011 Nissan Leaf Long-Term Update: 25,000 Miles, No Woes

Back in March 2011, we took delivery of a U.K. spec Nissan Leaf as our principal family car.

Since then, we’ve kept you up-to-date with the car’s long-term progress, including reports after driving 5,000 miles in it, after covering the 11,000 mile mark, and after one year of ownership.

Last week, the odometer ticked over to 25,000 miles, marking the need for another long-term r More

Back in March 2011, we took delivery of a U.K. spec Nissan Leaf as our principal family car.

Since then, we’ve kept you up-to-date with the car’s long-term progress, including reports after driving 5,000 miles in it, after covering the 11,000 mile mark, and after one year of ownership.

Last week, the odometer ticked over to 25,000 miles, marking the need for another long-term r More

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China: BYD Announces Preliminary Electric Car Fire Cause

BYD has had a rough ride these last few weeks and the latest deadly e6 fire accident means the company needs to shore up its fresh image.

BYD Co., the Chinese electric carmaker poised to introduce its electric car, the e6 I briefly drove a few weeks ago is doing More

BYD has had a rough ride these last few weeks and the latest deadly e6 fire accident means the company needs to shore up its fresh image.

BYD Co., the Chinese electric carmaker poised to introduce its electric car, the e6 I briefly drove a few weeks ago is doing More

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USA: [San Francisco BayLEAFs] I had my 15,000 mile battery check and the…

Gary Lieber 2:54pm Jun 1
I had my 15,000 mile battery check and the maintenance done today. The battery checked out at 5 stars. The maintenance that was done included rotating the tires, and replacing the cabin filter. Total cost of the battery check and maintenance (excluding dropping it off, and picking it up at Premier Nissan) was one hour of my time to rotate the tires, and replace the More

Gary Lieber 2:54pm Jun 1
I had my 15,000 mile battery check and the maintenance done today. The battery checked out at 5 stars. The maintenance that was done included rotating the tires, and replacing the cabin filter. Total cost of the battery check and maintenance (excluding dropping it off, and picking it up at Premier Nissan) was one hour of my time to rotate the tires, and replace the More

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USA: NADA Guide predicts year-old Leaf will retain 95% of value

A 2011 Nissan Leaf will keep most of its sticker price, after the $7,500 federal tax credit, the NADA Official Used Car Guide projects.

The NADA Official Used Car Guide has added average trade-in values for 1-year-old Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf More

A 2011 Nissan Leaf will keep most of its sticker price, after the $7,500 federal tax credit, the NADA Official Used Car Guide projects.

The NADA Official Used Car Guide has added average trade-in values for 1-year-old Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf More

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USA: A year in the life of a Chevy Volt owner: ‘It’s so fun to drive’

It’s been a year since Mark Hildebrandt and his wife, Lorna, picked up their Chevy Volt — the very first Volt sold in Washtenaw County.
His verdict? It’s been an amazing ride.
“It’s so unlike your typical ride —so silky smooth, so fun to drive,” says Mark Hildeb More

It’s been a year since Mark Hildebrandt and his wife, Lorna, picked up their Chevy Volt — the very first Volt sold in Washtenaw County.
His verdict? It’s been an amazing ride.
“It’s so unlike your typical ride —so silky smooth, so fun to drive,” says Mark Hildeb More

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UK: Nissan celebrates special anniversary and increases charging points

THE all-electric Nissan LEAF, left, celebrates a milestone this week with it being a year since the first car was delivered to a customer.

In the 12 months since a further 695 cars have been delivered throughout the UK, below what the company anticipated and underlining the consumer resistance to battery-powered transport.

However, the manufacturer is determined to press ahead with t More

THE all-electric Nissan LEAF, left, celebrates a milestone this week with it being a year since the first car was delivered to a customer.

In the 12 months since a further 695 cars have been delivered throughout the UK, below what the company anticipated and underlining the consumer resistance to battery-powered transport.

However, the manufacturer is determined to press ahead with t More

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Canada: Turning on a new Leaf


Pat Shellard loves showing off his Nissan Leaf electric vehicle. He also uses it to make a bit of an environmental statements; his license plate reads BYE OIL.

Driving an electric vehicle has brought out Pat Shellard’s inner drag racer. Because there’s nothing that puts a bigger grin on hi More


Pat Shellard loves showing off his Nissan Leaf electric vehicle. He also uses it to make a bit of an environmental statements; his license plate reads BYE OIL.

Driving an electric vehicle has brought out Pat Shellard’s inner drag racer. Because there’s nothing that puts a bigger grin on hi More

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Europe: Nissan Leaf: One-Year Drive Report

Here’s what we’ve learned about owning an electric car for 15,000 miles.

We’ve owned a Nissan Leaf for one year.
We use the Leaf daily, traveling at least 40 miles round trip.
These are the pros and cons of owning the Leaf, according to us.

We’ve saved an estimated $5,454 in gasoline over the fuel cost of our previous car, a 1992 Volvo 240 Wagon.< More

Here’s what we’ve learned about owning an electric car for 15,000 miles.

We’ve owned a Nissan Leaf for one year.
We use the Leaf daily, traveling at least 40 miles round trip.
These are the pros and cons of owning the Leaf, according to us.

We’ve saved an estimated $5,454 in gasoline over the fuel cost of our previous car, a 1992 Volvo 240 Wagon.< More

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UK: Nissan Leaf electric car celebrates 1st year in the UK

It’s one year to the day since the Nissan Leaf began making deliveries to UK customers.

Electronics engineer Richard Todd and Smooth Radio DJ Mark Goodier were the first customers in the UK to take delivery of their Leaf electric cars, both supplied by Glyn Hopkin Nissan in Waltham Abbey, Hertfordshire.

Mark Goodier was so impressed with his Leaf he bought he bought a second one More

It’s one year to the day since the Nissan Leaf began making deliveries to UK customers.

Electronics engineer Richard Todd and Smooth Radio DJ Mark Goodier were the first customers in the UK to take delivery of their Leaf electric cars, both supplied by Glyn Hopkin Nissan in Waltham Abbey, Hertfordshire.

Mark Goodier was so impressed with his Leaf he bought he bought a second one More

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USA: After 15 months, driver loves life with his electric Nissan Leaf

15 months after buying the very first affordable, mass produced, fully electric car sold in the United States, Olivier Chalouhi of Mountain View, California, still loves his Nissan Leaf.

We’ve been tracking this French-born entrepreneur since December of 2010, and since then More

15 months after buying the very first affordable, mass produced, fully electric car sold in the United States, Olivier Chalouhi of Mountain View, California, still loves his Nissan Leaf.

We’ve been tracking this French-born entrepreneur since December of 2010, and since then More

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USA: Nissan Leaf Software Update: Here’s What’s Different

A little over a week ago, we told you that Nissan had announced a complementary voluntary service campaign for all 2011/12 Nissan Leafs.

With Nissan strongly encouraging owners to have their Leafs updated to the latest operating system, we decided to get the software in our own 2011 Leaf upgraded to see what differences we could make out.

The Upgrade

Just like the previous s More

A little over a week ago, we told you that Nissan had announced a complementary voluntary service campaign for all 2011/12 Nissan Leafs.

With Nissan strongly encouraging owners to have their Leafs updated to the latest operating system, we decided to get the software in our own 2011 Leaf upgraded to see what differences we could make out.

The Upgrade

Just like the previous s More

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USA: 2011 Nissan Leaf: One Year On, How Healthy Is The Battery Pack?

It’s now been well over a year since the first 2011 Nissan Leafs were delivered to customers in California, Oregon, Washington and Arizona.

But after one year, how are early Nissan Leafs performing? Are their battery packs still healthy, or have they starte More

It’s now been well over a year since the first 2011 Nissan Leafs were delivered to customers in California, Oregon, Washington and Arizona.

But after one year, how are early Nissan Leafs performing? Are their battery packs still healthy, or have they starte More

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USA: Nissan Leaf In 2nd Voluntary Service Campaign

Editor’s Note: EarthTechling is proud to repost this article courtesy of Green Car Reports. Author credit goes to Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield.

Nissan North America has announced its second voluntary service campaign for the all-electric Leaf since it went on sale in December 2010.

Offered for free to all existing owners of the 11,000 Nissan Leafs that have been sold in the U.S. and Can More

Editor’s Note: EarthTechling is proud to repost this article courtesy of Green Car Reports. Author credit goes to Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield.

Nissan North America has announced its second voluntary service campaign for the all-electric Leaf since it went on sale in December 2010.

Offered for free to all existing owners of the 11,000 Nissan Leafs that have been sold in the U.S. and Can More

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USA: GM CEO says Chevy Volt fire problem handled properly

WASHINGTON – The head of General Motors Co. says the company properly handled a problem with battery fires in Chevrolet Volt electric cars last year.

In written testimony for a congressional hearing Wednesday, GM chairman and CEO Daniel F. Akerson said testing by government regulators resulted in fires “after putting the battery through lab conditions that no driver would experienc More

WASHINGTON – The head of General Motors Co. says the company properly handled a problem with battery fires in Chevrolet Volt electric cars last year.

In written testimony for a congressional hearing Wednesday, GM chairman and CEO Daniel F. Akerson said testing by government regulators resulted in fires “after putting the battery through lab conditions that no driver would experienc More

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USA: Azure Dynamics delivers Its 1,000th Balance hybrid electric truck

Azure Dynamics Corp., provider of hybrid electric powertrain solutions in the medium-duty commercial hybrid truck market, announced that it has delivered its 1,000th Balance Hybrid Electric Truck to Purolator, Azure’s largest customer. Purolator currently operates 555 units, making it the world’s largest fleet of Balance Hybrid Electric vehicles, according to an Azure announcement.

Sha More

Azure Dynamics Corp., provider of hybrid electric powertrain solutions in the medium-duty commercial hybrid truck market, announced that it has delivered its 1,000th Balance Hybrid Electric Truck to Purolator, Azure’s largest customer. Purolator currently operates 555 units, making it the world’s largest fleet of Balance Hybrid Electric vehicles, according to an Azure announcement.

Sha More

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Europe: MITSUBISHI MOTORS EUROPE CY 2011 RESULTS

MITSUBISHI MOTORS EUROPE CY 2011 RESULTS: 149,967 SALES (+7% INCREASE)

In spite of the many daunting challenges faced during the course of 2011, Mitsubishi Motors Europe (MME) managed a volume increase of 7% compared to CY 2010 with 149,967 sales vs. 140,311 sales the previous year.1

This positive result was achieved in spite of a much convoluted economic environment in the region, t More

MITSUBISHI MOTORS EUROPE CY 2011 RESULTS: 149,967 SALES (+7% INCREASE)

In spite of the many daunting challenges faced during the course of 2011, Mitsubishi Motors Europe (MME) managed a volume increase of 7% compared to CY 2010 with 149,967 sales vs. 140,311 sales the previous year.1

This positive result was achieved in spite of a much convoluted economic environment in the region, t More

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USA: Volt electric car’s 2011 sales below goal at 7,671

That’s how many Volt electric cars were sold by General Motors last year, below its target of 10,000 (and trailing the Nissan Leaf’s sales of 9,674). GM is starting to improve the plug-in Volt’s image after federal regulators last week closed their investigation into a battery fire, saying the sedan is no more prone to fires than other autos. On Wednesday, CEO Dan Akerson will te More

That’s how many Volt electric cars were sold by General Motors last year, below its target of 10,000 (and trailing the Nissan Leaf’s sales of 9,674). GM is starting to improve the plug-in Volt’s image after federal regulators last week closed their investigation into a battery fire, saying the sedan is no more prone to fires than other autos. On Wednesday, CEO Dan Akerson will te More

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Japan: The Nissan LEAF proves slick in wintry test drives in northern Japan

Auto journalists put the all-electric Nissan LEAF through its paces on three powdery test courses in Shibetsu, Hokkaido, this week, in the freezing temperatures of northern Japan.

Video

Some 230 meters above sea level, media gathered to assess the LEAF’s driving performance and handling in extreme More

Auto journalists put the all-electric Nissan LEAF through its paces on three powdery test courses in Shibetsu, Hokkaido, this week, in the freezing temperatures of northern Japan.

Video

Some 230 meters above sea level, media gathered to assess the LEAF’s driving performance and handling in extreme More

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USA: Auto Watchdogs Happy With GM’s Volt-Fix Plan, U.S. Agency Says

U.S. auto-safety regulators are pleased with General Motors Co. (GM)’s plan to fix its Volt electric cars following fires in crash testing, National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator David Strickland said.

GM, based in Detroit, told owners last week to bring their Volts back to dealerships to have steel added to shield the cars’ lithium-ion batteries. Strickland’s agency opened an More

U.S. auto-safety regulators are pleased with General Motors Co. (GM)’s plan to fix its Volt electric cars following fires in crash testing, National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator David Strickland said.

GM, based in Detroit, told owners last week to bring their Volts back to dealerships to have steel added to shield the cars’ lithium-ion batteries. Strickland’s agency opened an More

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USA: U.S. Ends Chevy Volt Battery Fire Probe

U.S. regulators ended an investigation into why Chevrolet Volt electric cars caught fire, and said electric vehicles do not pose a greater risk of fire.

The conclusion by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration came two weeks after General Motors Co. (GM) told owners to bring the vehicles to dealerships for repair.

“Based on the available data, NHTSA does not beli More

U.S. regulators ended an investigation into why Chevrolet Volt electric cars caught fire, and said electric vehicles do not pose a greater risk of fire.

The conclusion by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration came two weeks after General Motors Co. (GM) told owners to bring the vehicles to dealerships for repair.

“Based on the available data, NHTSA does not beli More

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USA: Southern California 140-Mile Journey Pushes Limits of EV Charging

ur Nissan LEAF was delivered June 10, 2011. It now has about 5,900 miles on it. In the time we have owned it, we have made trips from our home in West Hills to Santa Monica, Culver City, Downtown Los Angeles, LAX and Century City, as well as many trips to visit our grandchildren and their parents, our daughter and son-in-law, in Studio City. On occasion, we did run low on “fuel” and just made More

ur Nissan LEAF was delivered June 10, 2011. It now has about 5,900 miles on it. In the time we have owned it, we have made trips from our home in West Hills to Santa Monica, Culver City, Downtown Los Angeles, LAX and Century City, as well as many trips to visit our grandchildren and their parents, our daughter and son-in-law, in Studio City. On occasion, we did run low on “fuel” and just made More

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USA: GM moves to address electric vehicle battery safety concerns

Summary: Automaker will make modifications to protect the Volt’s battery housing. It hasn’t announced an outright recall but Volt owners will have the opportunity to enhance their cars, if desired.

After weeks of consideration — and a year-end battery recall situation for luxury electric vehicle maker Fisker Karm More

Summary: Automaker will make modifications to protect the Volt’s battery housing. It hasn’t announced an outright recall but Volt owners will have the opportunity to enhance their cars, if desired.

After weeks of consideration — and a year-end battery recall situation for luxury electric vehicle maker Fisker Karm More

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USA: Chevy Volt misses first-year sales target

General Motors reported solid growth in vehicle sales this year, but its high-profile electric Chevy Volt fell short of targets.

The company reported today that it sold 7,671 Chevy Volts in 2011, fewer than the 10,000 it had expected to sell. There were more than 1,500 Volts sold in December, the best month since the car was launched in late 2010.

Sales of the Volt have been closely More

General Motors reported solid growth in vehicle sales this year, but its high-profile electric Chevy Volt fell short of targets.

The company reported today that it sold 7,671 Chevy Volts in 2011, fewer than the 10,000 it had expected to sell. There were more than 1,500 Volts sold in December, the best month since the car was launched in late 2010.

Sales of the Volt have been closely More

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In 2011 it sold 375 electric vehicles in Spain

january 04, 2012

The electric car registrations in the Spanish market stood at 375 electric cars with lithium ion batteries in 2011.

The electric car registrations in the Spanish market stood at 375 electric cars during the past year, representing a more than five-fold increase (+443%) .

The figures for electric car registrations in Spain represent a significant increase comp More

january 04, 2012

The electric car registrations in the Spanish market stood at 375 electric cars with lithium ion batteries in 2011.

The electric car registrations in the Spanish market stood at 375 electric cars during the past year, representing a more than five-fold increase (+443%) .

The figures for electric car registrations in Spain represent a significant increase comp More

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Japan: Tsunami Reveals Durability of Nissan’s Leaf


A lithium-ion battery component placed on a Leaf at a Nissan factory in Oppama city, Kanagawa Province, Japan.

DETROIT — Nissan inadvertently gained some valuable insight into the durability of its electric car, the Leaf, when about two dozen of them were destroyed in the t More


A lithium-ion battery component placed on a Leaf at a Nissan factory in Oppama city, Kanagawa Province, Japan.

DETROIT — Nissan inadvertently gained some valuable insight into the durability of its electric car, the Leaf, when about two dozen of them were destroyed in the t More

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Top Five Green-Car Stories Of 2011: MPGs, Electric Cars, And More

Yep, it’s almost the end of the year, which means reams of roundup stories from all your favorite auto websites. Nope, we’re not that different: We’ve got one too. Here’s our take on the five most important stories—or perhaps themes—of 2011 in the growing world of green cars.

New fuel economy rules: 54.5 mpg CAFE by 2025
The biggest story of the year is the new gas-mileage More

Yep, it’s almost the end of the year, which means reams of roundup stories from all your favorite auto websites. Nope, we’re not that different: We’ve got one too. Here’s our take on the five most important stories—or perhaps themes—of 2011 in the growing world of green cars.

New fuel economy rules: 54.5 mpg CAFE by 2025
The biggest story of the year is the new gas-mileage More

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