Nissan Testing Heat-Resistant Battery, Adding Two More EV Models

The Nissan Leaf has led the way in America when it comes to electric car sales, and the Japanese automaker is showing no signs of slowing down its EV onslaught. In addition to the Leaf, a compact Infini EV, and an all-electric version of the NV2000 cargo van, Nissan plans to launch two new electric models, along with a new, heat-resistant battery in the new few years.

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Nissan Leaf Sales Soar, Leaving Dealer Inventories Low

What a difference a year makes. Around this time in 2012, just 500 or so Nissan Leafs were being sold a month, falling far short of projections and resulting in frustration and disappointment from some Nissan executives. But with Leaf sales quadrupling year-over-year, Nissan’s new problem is that they don’t have enough of the peppy EV to go around.

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NAIAS 2013: Nissan Leaf S Model Drops $6,400 In Price

Nissan hasn’t been happy with sales of the Leaf EV in the past two years, and it has become clear that major changes were needed to make the Nissan Leaf more appealing. Credit is due to Nissan then for making a massive price cut to the Nissan Leaf, lopping off $6,400 of the lowest-priced 2012 model. When combined with certain state and Federal incentives, a Nissan Leaf could cost as little as $19,000.

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Chevy Volt Sales Triple In 2012, Nissan Leaf Sales Static

A year ago, it seemed like every major outlet was eagerly awaiting the final sales tally for two of the most-watched new cars in the industry, the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt. This year, the sales numbers are barely a blip on the radar. But something very important happened in 2012, as consumers overwhelmingly chose the plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt to the pure electric Nissan Leaf.

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Video: Nissan Leaf Owners Go For A Ride In An Electric Race Car

The perception that electric cars are slow and boring isn’t entirely off, at least if you’re talking about the Nissan Leaf. It’s a car built for basic transportation; nothing more, nothing less. But if you take that same electric powertrain, and drop it into a lightweight electric race car, now you’re cooking with electrons. The NISMO RC racer is proof positive that EVs don’t have to be boring, as these Nissan Leaf owners found out.

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Plug-In Hybrids, EVs Not Holding Resale Value Compared To Conventional Cars

Anyone who has ever bought a new car knows that the second you drive it off of the lot, it has lost thousands of dollars in value. That is why automakers often tout the high resale value of their cars, hoping to convince some buyers that they’ll see a decent return on their investment down the road. But a new study shows that buyers of EVs and plug-in hybrids may have to settle for a little less than they hoped for.

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