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.
The Chevy Volt's official mileage ratings: 93 mpg combined city/highway on electric, 35 miles on battery, 37 mpg on gas-only power, 379 miles of total range. Total combined EPA estimate: 60 mpg, or about 20% better than a Toyota Prius.
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."
After four years of planning and three years of hype, we've finally driven a production Chevrolet Volt plug-in "hybrid." We expected some character from the most obsessively engineered vehicle in GM's history. We didn't expect so many personalities at once.
Bicyclist/cancer fighter Lance Armstrong showed off his Nissan Leaf electric car yesterday, the first sold in the United States. Of course it has custom yellow-band tires. Somewhere, Greg LeMond is looking for a RAV4 EV to key.
We joined the hundreds of luminaries who have sampled the all-electric Nissan Leaf before it arrives in December. It's an impressive piece of software baked into an expensive compact car. Here's how the Leaf turns driving into an app.
General Motors has asked for a U.S. trademark on the phrase "range anxiety," for the purpose of "promoting public awareness of electric vehicle capabilities." Get ready for GM to question whether you can trust your family in an all-electric car.
Nissan's looking at producing a Leaf-based electric sports car. GT-Recharge anyone? [Edmunds Straightline]
The Nissan Leaf is the first mass-marketed electric car and will cost just $25,280... after a $7,500 federal handout and before you spend $2,200 on a charging station. And they'll probably still lose money it.