Tesla should be used to getting called out by other automakers by now—not that it doesn’t dish out its fair share of industry trash talk from time to time. Now it’s Diarmuid O’Connell, a business development executive, who basically called out the entire field of electric vehicle competition for being boring, claiming…
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Yesterday, we reported on a significant security hole with Nissan Leafs (and electric eNV200 vans) that would allow some HVAC systems and a good amount of owner data to be accessed via the web. The hole was, pretty much, that there was no real security at all. Happily, it looks like Nissan is taking the issue…
I’ve never really understood the popularity of “unboxing” videos on the internet, as it just seems to be some conceited jerkwad who makes a lot of money talking in monotone and taking a phone out of a box. Well Nissan knows the genre is popular, so it made a dumb video “unboxing” the new electric Leaf.
It has recently come to my attention that used Nissan Leafs are tremendously cheap. Insanely cheap. Ridiculously cheap. So cheap that there are couples currently browsing the aisles at Bed Bath & Beyond, saying to one another: “Honey, should we get these hand towels? Or a used Nissan Leaf?”
I don't know about you, but I wake up every morning disappointed that my world doesn't look like Tron. Maybe I'll buy a Nissan Leaf to spice things up a bit. The automaker's UK arm showed off its electric car with the world's first ultraviolet-energized paint as an option, which will make it glow at night. Neat!
They actually call her Sparky, and use her around Nissan's proving grounds in Stanfield, Arizona.
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While most small cars performed well in the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety's latest crash tests, family cars such as the Mazda 5 or the Fiat 500L and the world's most popular electric car, the Nissan Leaf left a lot to be desired. Ouch!
The biggest question surrounding the environment impact of zero emission cars is always the amount of energy and natural resources manufacturers use to build them. Nissan's answer to that is recycling.
While the Nissan Leaf is fine at putting around town on electric power and making you feel like you're saving the planet, it's not exactly what you'd call badass. But it can be if it's given the right purpose. Fighting giant monsters in Japan, for example.
After trying to replicate human skin to make car interiors feel more natural, Nissan continues by creating the scent of a zero emissions future. That's right, with the Leaf.
In September, Norwegians bought more Tesla Model Ss than any other car – even only 616 were shifted. But it got to the point where the wait list is so long that Teslas are selling for more used than new there. It turns out, though, that it's not necessarily a Tesla-Norway love affair.
Guess Nissan doesn't have to worry about the Leaf becoming the ubiquitous rental car anytime soon. Leafs on lots across the country are gathering dust because even rental customers have range anxiety.
I'm proud to be one of the few people to have have tracked a stock Nissan Leaf. This is sort of like being proud to be one of the few people who've entered a Pomeranian in a dog fight — at best, people may look at you with disgust. But now I've driven the Leaf NISMO RC, and I know a track-worthy Leaf is possible.
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It looks like Nissan's future-predicting brain implants work, since they seem to have taken my desires for a faster Leaf from this past Saturday's drag racing and turned it into a bunch of parts that make the Leaf must less embarrassing on the track. And probably the road.
Quiet. Weirdly quiet. That's probably the most striking thing. And, while I'd hesitate to say "fast," it wasn't quite as slow as you might think. But still pretty slow. Pretty very slow.
Great news everyone! Remember that game you all so loved, the new SimCity, what with its always-on requirements, Orwellian DRM, small scale, and general unpleasantness? Well now you can make it even better, with the first free downloadable content — a Nissan Leaf ad!