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Nissan Leaf Buyers Getting Free Car Charging

New program allows owners to use stations at no cost.

by on Jul.09, 2014

Nissan Leaf buyers not only don't have to pay for gas as owners of an electric vehicle, under a new program, they'll be able to charge their cars free of charge.

One of the standing arguments in favor of electric vehicle ownership is that it costs far less to charge a car than to fill it with gasoline. Nissan is strengthening that argument by making that cost zero.

The Japanese maker’s new “No Charge to Charge” promotion gives Nissan Leaf buyers two years of free charging at selected public charging stations in 10 markets around the country: San Francisco, Sacramento, San Diego, Seattle, Nashville, Phoenix, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston, Portland, Oregon, and Washington, D.C.

A Real Performer!

“Free charging is a great way for Nissan and our charging partners to make Leaf an unbeatable value for the average American driver,” said Brendan Jones, director, Nissan Electric Vehicle Sales and Infrastructure. “The popularity of ‘No Charge to Charge’ since our April announcement shows that public charging spurs range confidence and additional Leaf sales.” (more…)

Nissan Launches New US Battery Plant

Smyrna plant supplying US version of Leaf electric vehicle.

by on Apr.23, 2013

A Nissan Leaf rolls down the assembly line in Smyrna.

Nissan, true to the vision of its chief executive, remains upbeat on the prospects for sales of electric vehicles as its launches production of a revamped U.S. version of the Leaf.

After suffering unexpectedly slow sales last year, demand for the Nissan Leaf has picked up sharply in recent months – and the introduction of a lower-cost model is expected to boost sales even further. Nissan was able to drop costs, it says, by shifting Leaf production to it sprawling factory complex in Tennessee – where the maker is now producing the electric vehicle’s batteries, as well.

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The Nissan Battery Plant in Smyrna, Tennessee is the largest lithium-ion automotive battery plant in North America and the only plant controlled by a major auto manufacturer, giving Nissan complete control of the quality and the technology, representatives of the Japanese automaker, noted Mark Swenson, vice president of product engineering.

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First Look: 2012 Infiniti M35h

Japanese luxury brand’s first hybrid set for early ’11 launch.

by on Nov.19, 2010

Infiniti's first hybrid, the M35h, launches in early 2011 as a 2012 model.

Late to the game, Infiniti nonetheless hopes to get off to a good start with the introduction of its first hybrid-electric vehicle, the M35h, which will be the first in the HEV segment to deliver both 30 mpg and more than 350 horsepower.

Delivering both “V8 power and 4-cylinder fuel efficiency,” says Infiniti General Manager Ben Poore, will make the M35h stand out as both “a driver’s car” and a vehicle that sharply curbs fuel consumption.

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Designated a 2012 model, and set for launch next spring, the M35h starts with the same basics as Infiniti’s latest M model, the brand’s premier product line.  Under the hood is a unique hybrid powertrain developed specifically by parent Nissan.  (The Japanese maker’s first hybrid, a version of the Nissan Altima, licensed its basic drive system from Toyota.)

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Infiniti Aims to Best Toyota With All-New Hybrid-Electric System

Faster, more fuel-efficient, maker claims of M Hybrid, which is set for a Nov. debut in Los Angeles.

by on Aug.19, 2010

The 2012 Infiniti M35 Hybrid promises to deliver V8 performance I4 mileage.

Late to the party, perhaps, but Nissan’s Infiniti division is racing to make up lost time.  As TheDetroitBureau.com reported, earlier this week, the luxury marque is launching an all-new performance line, IPL.  And next up is the first Infiniti hybrid-electric vehicle.

A version of the latest-generation Infiniti M sedan, the new HEV will also be the first Nissan hybrid developed entirely in-house, as the less-than-successful Nissan Altima Hybrid relied on technology licensed from erstwhile rival Toyota.

The drivetrain in the Infiniti M35 Hybrid will be notably different from the Hybrid Synergy Drive, which is used in both Toyota and Lexus products ranging from the Prius to the RX400h, senior Infiniti officials told TheDetroitBureau.com.  For one thing, it will rely on lithium-ion batteries, rather than the nickel-metal hydride batteries used by Toyota.

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That will permit it to store more power in a smaller space and, in turn, says Infiniti General Manager Ben Poore, that should both improve performance and enhance fuel economy when compared to current hybrid systems.

“We’ll deliver V8 performance with 4-cylinder fuel-economy,” he promised, adding “We’re going for fuel economy of over 30 mpg on the highway,” with the final number likely to come in between 30% and 40% above the current 3.7-liter M37.

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First Drive: 2010 Nissan Leaf

Will consumers plug into battery powered 5-seater?

by on Nov.13, 2009

Nissan rolls out a prototype of the 2011 Leaf battery-electric vehicle to launch its 22-city "Zero Emissions Tour."

Nissan rolls out a prototype of the 2011 Leaf battery-electric vehicle to launch its 22-city "Zero Emissions Tour," before next year's introduction.

Every so often, the fate of an automaker winds up riding on a single new product.  For Nissan, the new Leaf could be exactly one of those vehicles.

No, if the little 5-seat sedan, set to roll into showrooms next year, fails to attract enough buyers, the Japanese automaker won’t go broke.  But Nissan’s corporate pride and image clearly have been wed to the success of the battery-electric vehicle, or BEV.

Long the also-ran in terms of bringing environmentally-friendly products to market, Nissan hopes to leapfrog leaders like Toyota and Honda, who it contends are taking only halfway measures, focusing on hybrid gasoline-electric vehicles that continue to burn petroleum and produce global warming emissions.  Nissan is going all the way, with Leaf – and three other BEVs it’s developing – which will eliminate tailpipe emissions entirely.

No Charge!

No Charge!

While “electrification” has become an industry buzzword, Nissan’s faith in battery technology puts it far out on a limb, with Leaf.  So, we jumped at a chance to take the new electric sedan for a spin – in this case, a moderately short one around a special course set up next to Dodge Stadium, in Los Angeles, where the Japanese maker is kicking off a 22-city “Zero Emission Tour” that will lead up to next year’s formal introduction.

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