Browsing articles tagged with " Nissan"
Jul 24, 2012
Chris Salamone

Leaf Armstrong Stretches For Comfort

Next time you’re lodging in the Nashville area, it might be a good idea to shoot for the Embassy Suites Nashville South. And, it might be an even better idea to ask for shuttle service – where the hotel’s stretch limo Nissan Leaf is currently in use.

That’s right, a Nissan Leaf that’s been converted into a limousine.

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Mar 7, 2012
Chris Salamone

Ford Focus Electric Buzzes Into Life

Way back in December 2011, Ford began production of the Focus Electric at the company’s Michigan Assembly Plant. A lot of speculation has occurred as to what kind of numbers the latest Ford EV might produce, but apparently our waiting has not been for naught. The Focus Electric was recently EPA certified to achieve 110 MPGe in the city and 105 MPGe combined, making this the most fuel efficient five-passenger vehicle in America.

As if high fuel economy weren’t enough, Ford is taking direct aim at the Nissan Leaf. And don’t expect this to be a lightweight sparring match. The Focus looks like a true heavyweight contender, in a small package…of course.

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Jan 16, 2012
Chris Salamone

Nissan Donates Quick Chargers To Atlanta

Right on the heels of Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn’s unveiled plan to stress eco-friendly products, the company has decided to quit wasting time and get right to the heart of the matter. One of the major hurtles in making electric vehicles mainstream comes from a lack of re-fueling infrastructure. Normal, petrol using, drivers can fill up as often their pocket books can afford – especially with gas stations looming on nearly every major intersection. But, in typical Nissan fashion, the electric vehicle program looks to move forward regardless of industry trends by setting new standards in electric vehicle charging station availability.

What started as a ‘Drive Electric Tour’, featuring city-to-city test drives of the company’s LEAF, has turned into an altogether different monster: a tour to prove electric vehicles a viable transportation solution. Nissan has donated two electric quick charge stations to the city of Atlanta, capable of an 80% recharge in less than 30 minutes.

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Dec 20, 2011
Chris Weiss

Mitsubishi Delivers First i-Miev

Well this feels like a replay of December 2010. In that month, Chevy and Nissan launched their respective mass-market e-vehicles within days of each other. In December 2011, the next two highly anticipated mass-market EVs are both making headlines. Ford began production on the Focus Electric on Wednesday and Mitsubishi delivered its first i-Miev a day later.

The event wasn’t in California, where EV launches tend to be, but on the beautiful island of Hawaii. Mitsubishi representatives joined by Hawaiian Governor Neil Abercombie delivered the very first 2012 i-Miev to Bryson and Bridget Nishimura of Waipahu, Hawaii. The event was held at the Hawaiian State Capitol Building in Honolulu.

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Dec 13, 2011
Chris Weiss

Despite Fires, 2012 Chevy Volt Is Still A Five-Star Safety Pick

Though it’s been on the hot seat for potential fire issues of late, the Chevy Volt is still one of the safest cars on the road according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Volt renewed its five-star safety rating from the agency for the 2012 model year.

Interestingly, the NHTSA’s designation comes at a time when the agency is investigating about 5,000 Volt models for a potential safety hazard. That hazard relates directly to crashes–the battery may become damaged in a crash, leading to fire. The investigation was launched after a Volt caught fire in the garage of an NHTSA testing facility.

Chevy says that its own internal tests over the past two years have indicated no fire hazard.

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Dec 6, 2011
Chris Weiss

Nissan To Offer Wireless Charging, Home Power In 2013 Leaf

The Nissan Leaf already offers unparalleled fuel economy and cleanliness, and it will soon offer more convenience than ever. Nissan announced recently that it will be offering a wireless charging system as of 2013. The Leaf will also be gaining the ability to power your home as early as next year.

We knew wireless EV charging systems were on the horizon, but home power systems? Through installation of a Power Control System device, the Leaf will be able to feed into the home power grid as well as take from it. The user could control how much electricity the Leaf’s 24 kWh battery sends into the home grid, ensuring that it has enough energy left for tomorrow’s commute.

Nissan estimates that a full Leaf battery offers enough juice for about two days’ worth of energy needs in the average Japanese home. With installation of Nissan’s equipment, the Leaf would be a back-up generator for the 21st century.

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