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Nissan Juke and Qashqai to gain EV options, Leaf to go beyond 300km - report

The future generations of Nissan’s SUV models such as the Qashqai and Juke are set to offer full-electric powertrain options, according to a new report out of the UK. With the company having already outlined its plans for ‘Intelligent Mobility’ - which foresees a connected network of zero-emissions vehicles that power and communicate with our offices and homes - it seems the Japanese car maker is taking the first steps to realising its vision...

Nissan recalls 3.53m vehicles over faulty occupant sensor, Australia not affected - UPDATE

Update: Nissan Australia has confirmed that Australian models are not affected by this recall as local models use a different kind of occupant-sensing system. See bottom of article for details. Japanese manufacturer Nissan is recalling 3.53 million vehicles globally, due to a faulty occupant classification system (OCS) that may not deploy the airbags properly in the event of an accident...

Nissan IDS driverless EV revealed - Video: Is this the next Leaf?

Nissan has unveiled what could be the first look at its next Leaf electric hatch, with the added wonder of autonomous driving thrown in: the IDS concept. Revealed at the 2015 Tokyo motor show today, the IDS takes much from Nissan’s latest styling language - as seen with the new Maxima and Murano, the facelifted Altima and the Sway concept - while pushing the look further with even sharper lines and and a seriously aerodynamic profile...

Nissan Leaf gains new battery with 27 percent more range - UPDATE

The Nissan Leaf will be available, at least overseas, with a new battery pack that offers an increased driving range. The new 30kWh battery pack is now available as a standard fit feature on mid- and top-spec Leaf models in the US and is said to provide the electric hatchback with a range of 172 kilometres on a full charge...

Next-generation Nissan Leaf may feature additional body styles - report

A top-level executive has said that the next-generation Nissan Leaf may not be restricted to a five-door hatchback body style. Trevor Mann, Nissan's Chief Performance Officer, told Autocar: "There could be more than one Leaf. We’ve always said it needn’t be one car." As to what body styles an expanded Leaf range may include, Mann didn't want to speculate openly...

Norway may scale back its incentives for electric cars after 50,000th EV sold

A report indicates that Norway is considering ending or reducing some of its incentives for electric cars because the scheme has been almost too popular. According to Automotive News Europe, the finance ministry is currently conducting a review of its automotive and fuel taxes, which will be complete before the federal budget is announced in May...

Nissan Leaf Sparky ute engineered with bits of Navara, Titan

Engineers have cobbled together an electric Nissan Leaf ute for use around the company's technical centre in Stanfield, Arizona. Dubbed Sparky, the Leaf ute was dreamt up by Nissan engineer Roland Schellenberg, who wanted a fun, yet practical, team building activity...

Nissan may scale back or cancel EV battery production - report

Thanks to poor sales and high costs, Nissan is considering scaling back or, in an extreme case, eliminating its electric vehicle battery production capability. When Nissan launched the Leaf electric hatchback back in 2010, the company wasn't just taking a punt on the usual development, marketing and manufacturing costs associated with a new car, it was making a big bet on battery technology — it's own battery tech, engineered and built in-house...

Nissan Leaf a loss-maker in Australia, but brand remains committed to electric hatch

Every Nissan Leaf sold in Australia is costing the Japanese brand money, yet the local division says it remains committed to selling the all-electric hatchback. Although it originally launched in 2011 at close to $46,990 plus on-road costs, Leaf pricing has fallen significantly to $39,990 driveaway in recent times, which Nissan Australia managing director and CEO Richard Emery admits is “not economical for us long-term...

Next Nissan Leaf, Infiniti EV to have "game changing" battery technology

Nissan is working on a "game changing" new chemistry for its electric vehicle batteries that could double the range of its next-generation Leaf and other future EVs. Nissan chief planning officer and the man in charge of the company's electric vehicle operations, Andy Palmer, told Automotive News any new battery would need to provide a range of at least 300km to be competitive with upcoming hydrogen fuel cell cars, though declined to give an iron-clad range target for the new battery type...

Nissan Leaf driver arrested for recharging his car

A US man has been arrested for recharging his Nissan Leaf, after being charged for stealing approximately five cents worth of electricity. Police in Chamblee in DeKalb County, Georgia, arrested Kaveh Kamooneh on November 13, 11 days after catching him charging his Nissan Leaf from an electric car charging station on the grounds of the Chamblee Middle School without permission...