What if a car could be controlled from a computer halfway around the world? Computer security researcher and hacker Troy Hunt has managed to do just that, via a web browser and an Internet connection, with an unmodified Nissan Leaf in another country. While so far the control was limited to the HVAC system, it’s a…
Hey Mother Nature, you thought electric cars were going to save you and all of your wonderful wilderness creatures? FALSE. They're going to EAT THEM.
The Electra King was a line of electric city cars made in Long Beach, CA from 1963-1980 something. There's one in my neighborhood I've always admired, and I finally got the chance to drive it. It's not a "good" car, by any standard, and the score reflects that. But I sure as hell like it. A lot.
Starting in Spring 2012, six Nissan Leaf electric cars will begin service as regular cabs in New York City, bringing all-electric driving to the busy metered masses of Manhattan. It's part of a test program to see how all-electric vehicles fare as taxis with further electrification of the New York City taxi fleet to…
At launch, the Nissan Leaf's distinctions from the Chevy Volt included a lower price and no battery heating system. For the 2012 models, Nissan has added a battery heater — and raised prices by $2,420 to $3,530.
Before a gas-powered Nissan race car won the LMP2 class at last weekend's Le Mans, Nissan's No. 2 executive took the company's electric-powered Nissan Leaf Nismo RC around the track. It's not quiet, but it's not loud; like those white noise sounds you play to put children to sleep.
The Nissan Leaf electric car's advertised purpose is protecting the environment. But with an advertised range of 100 miles-per-charge and a propensity for running out of juice early and with little warning, the company's solution in Japan involves chucking that "save the earth" nonsense out the window in favor of a…
This funny new commercial for the Nissan Leaf asks the viewer to imagine a world where everything ran on gas. The resulting gasoline-powered toothbrush, walkman and dentist drill may seem awesome, we can see why it might also be rather problematic.
In the first independent crash tests of mainstream all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt took top grades from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety on all measures — in part because both outweigh other small cars.
Car salesmen took their best sportcoats out of mothballs, spritzed some Sex Panther behind their ears and sold the Puxatawney out of the market in February, giving the U.S. auto industry its best month since "Cash for Clunkers." And here you thought the middle class was broke.
Nissan's doing damage control after stirring up 20,000 pre-orders for the all-electric Leaf then delivering only 19 in December, saying it should have lowered early sales expectations. Maybe just a fist bump from the polar bear next time. [PlugInCars]
Environmentalist actor Ed Begley Jr. shot a video for Ford where he takes shots at the Leaf and Volt before Ford butterflies into the crowd. Begley, of course, drives a vehicle powered by his own sense of self-satisfaction.
Pulitzer Prize-winning auto writer Dan Neil took to HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher to talk up electric cars and the GM/Chrysler bailout, but really stepped up when radio talk show host Dana Loesch debated the proper usage of "teabagger."