Nissan Stories September 8

Japanese automakers Toyota, Honda, and Nissan, are being called out again for their lack of progress with battery electric vehicles and decarbonization efforts. Greenpeace, a nonprofit organization promoting a sustainable future, released a new study finding that Japanese automakers lag behind their peers.

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Nissan Stories September 7

Good news for Nissan LEAF owners: The automaker is approving its first vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charger for its LEAF model, meaning owners can now sell energy back to the grid. Sending energy back to the grid from your EV can help reduce utility costs during peak usage.

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Nissan Stories May 24

Nissan announced a partnership with Pole to Pole founder and adventurer, Chris Ramsey, to drive a custom-built Ariya from the Magnetic North Pole down to the South Pole. The nearly 17,000-mile trip will be made by Ramsey and a team behind the wheel of a Nissan Ariya e-4ORCE – the first vehicle to complete such a drive if successful.

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Nissan Stories May 16

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Last week, French company Renault announced its plan to fully review spinning off its electric car business into a separate company in 2023, in hopes of catching up with rivals Tesla and Volkswagen.

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Nissan Stories April 12

Nissan Motor Corporation debuted the 2023 model year versions of the LEAF today for the US market, sharing updated exteriors to the LEAF S and LEAF SV Plus – the only EV trims of the long-tenured EV to be sold when they arrive this summer.

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Nissan Stories April 8

During a livestream out of Japan this morning, Nissan Motor Company unveiled plans to bring laminated solid-state batteries to market by 2028, beginning with a prototype production facility. The decision is part of Nissan’s “Ambition 2030” strategy, which will now include plans to launch an EV powered by solid-state batteries in 2028.

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Nissan Stories April 5

During the 37th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Teledyne Brown Engineering, along with partners Sierra Space and Nissan North America, announced it is designing a crewed Lunar Terrain Vehicle (LTV) to support future NASA missions on the Moon. All three companies have varying levels of experience in space technology and hope to transport astronauts on future missions.

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Nissan Stories March 23

Nissan invited the media out for a day at the track with the Nissan Ariya, the company’s long awaited second EV. After spending time driving and goofing with the crossover, I realize this vehicle is simply amazing. I think the Ariya is exactly what the American buying public would want and expect from an EV – the kind of predictable car you can settle down with in the fall and make plans for the future.

But, will someone snatch it up if you go on a summer fling with Tesla?

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Nissan Stories March 7

Japanese automaker, Nissan, has showcased the comfort of its e-4ORCE vehicle control will provide by demonstrating the technology in a motorized serving tray hauling ramen – a popular Japanese noodle soup. The e-4ORCE technology, which will debut in the upcoming Nissan Ariya EV, will be translated from the motorized tray which can be seen zooming across the food counter without sloshing the hot ramen.

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Nissan Stories February 23

Ahead of an opening of orders on March 1, the 2022 Nissan LEAF will arrive in the UK and Europe with a refreshed exterior look. The 2022 models will include new alloy wheels, Nissan brand badges, and new exterior color choices. However, not much else has changed compared to previous model year LEAFs, including the decision to stick with the lame duck CHAdeMO charging port.

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Nissan Stories February 18

This week, Nissan announced a plan to invest $500 million into its Canton, Mississippi factory to prepare for the production of two new electric vehicles.

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Nissan Stories February 7

Nissan reportedly plans to end “most” gasoline engine development, becoming the first Japanese automaker to take this step, according to Nikkei Asia.

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Nissan Stories January 27

Nissan plans to manufacture its all-new, all-electric successor to the compact Nissan Micra at the Renault ElectriCity center in France, where the retro-styled hatchback will serve to kick off the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance 2030 roadmap, its planned 23 billion Euro investment in EVs, and the group’s push for solid-state batteries.

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Nissan Stories January 24

Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi are expected to announce this week that they will form an alliance to jointly develop electric vehicles, according to an exclusive story published by Reuters today.

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Nissan Stories December 2, 2021

At its Futures event in Yokohama Japan, Nissan unveiled an electric lunar rover co-developed alongside the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The prototype features AWD technology that will soon be featured on certain trims of 2023 Nissan Ariya.

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Nissan Stories November 29, 2021

Nissan has announced a new electrification plan intending to bring the company into the electric age with four new concepts, $17 billion in investment over five years (including solid state batteries), and 15 fully electric models by 2030.

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Nissan Stories November 17, 2021

Nissan launched the Ariya electric crossover in the US today and opened reservations.

It starts at $46K before incentives.

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Nissan Stories September 3, 2021

Nissan and Waseda University in Tokyo have been working together since 2017, and today, they announced that they are starting the testing of a recycling process that recovers high-purity, rare-earth compounds from electric vehicle motor magnets.

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Nissan Stories August 26, 2021

Nissan has announced that it’s the first Japanese automaker to join a United Nations-supported “Race to Zero” campaign, which is focused on accelerating electric vehicle implementation and reaching carbon neutrality. With the long-established LEAF on the market and an all-electric crossover on the way, Nissan said it aims to make all new-vehicle offerings fully electric… but not until “the early 2030s.”

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Nissan Stories July 1, 2021

Nissan has announced a new EV manufacturing hub called EV36Zero in Sunderland, UK, to produce a new electric crossover.

The hub will also include its own battery factory, as previously reported.

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Nissan Stories June 29, 2021

Japanese carmaker Nissan is expected to confirm this week that it will build the UK’s first battery gigafactory, according to Sky News. The factory will open in Sunderland in 2024, in the northeast of England, and it’s expected to produce enough batteries for 200,000 electric cars annually.

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Nissan Stories April 2, 2021

Nissan has released an update with new footage of the Ariya electric crossover test program ahead of the start of production later this year.

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Nissan Stories March 12, 2021

Nissan is now using old Leaf battery packs in some of the robots that are helping to build the Leaf electric cars in the first place.

This is kind of cool!

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Nissan Stories February 12, 2021

As the world enters 2021 with a cautious optimism, its global markets are still feeling many of the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic that have yet to be eradicated. Many people have pivoted toward remote work. This has increased smartphone and laptop demand, leading to shortages of essential components like semiconductors. One industry that is beginning to experience the impact of these shortages is automakers. If semiconductor manufacturers can’t catch up, it could spell more delays for several major automotive companies.

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Nissan Stories January 27, 2021

Nissan has unveiled a new electric “winter camper” van concept based on its e-NV200 electric van.

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Nissan Stories November 25, 2020

Nissan is reportedly in talks with a little-known US electric pickup startup called Hercules to build an electric version of its Titan pickup truck.

It would be joining Tesla, Ford, Rivian, and others into electrifying the important segment in the US.

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Nissan Stories July 15, 2020

A decade after the introduction of its Leaf compact EV, Nissan tonight officially unveiled the Ariya electric SUV. The Ariya promises to shake up the EV market with an attractive all-electric crossover providing up to 300 miles on a charge — with a base model starting at $40,000. Unfortunately, it doesn’t go on sale until well into 2021.

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Nissan Stories May 28, 2020

Nissan yesterday unveiled its four-year growth plan. The Japanese automaker will “right-size” its production capacity and streamline unprofitable parts of its business. At the same time, Nissan said it would invest in areas of strength, such as sports cars and electric vehicles. That said, Nissan will introduce the Ariya EV to the US in 2021, while most of its EVs will be sold in China.

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Nissan Stories May 4, 2020

At the end of the month, Nissan will present its new “operational performance plan.” Early media reports show that Nissan will expand cooperation with Mitsubishi for plug-in hybrids in Asia and Renault for EVs in Europe. Plans for the Ariya, a new all-electric crossover, remain murky.

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Nissan Stories January 12, 2020

Nissan flew us out to Las Vegas during CES 2020 and put us up, allowing us to get a first-hand drive of the new e-4ORCE AWD technology going into their upcoming Ariya platform vehicles. We got to drive the new technology around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway – a place where exotic supercars are rented out the to wealthy with a backdrop of the Strip and F-35s flying overhead out of Nellis Air Force Base. It was quite the scene.

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Nissan Stories January 8, 2020

It’s that time of year again, and after a few days pounding the pavement of CES, our team came up with four new products deserving of some praise. expand full story

Nissan Stories January 2, 2020

Ivan Espinosa, Nissan’s global product strategist, wants to strengthen the ailing Nissan brand by “bringing more electrification.” For Espinosa, this means more hybrids alongside EVs. Those hybrids can give drivers a sense of an “EV drive feel,” even though a gas engine is used as the source of power. Meanwhile, according to his interview published today in Automotive News, he believes that EV charging has been a “hassle.” Nissan responded by finding better locations for charging ports and making charging connectors more user-friendly.

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Nissan Stories December 4, 2019

Under new leadership, Nissan wants to reclaim its leadership in electric vehicles. But it’s going to downplay affordable electric cars like the Leaf hatchback. Instead, newly minted CEO Makoto Uchida wants Nissan EVs to have robust features, long range, and higher prices that would bring higher profits. The new strategy will start with a new pure-electric crossover SUV, based on the Ariya concept, that would sell in Europe for the equivalent of between $55,000 and $78,000.

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Nissan Stories October 23, 2019

Nissan has shown a closer-to-production version of their upcoming electric crossover based on the IMx concept earlier today at the Tokyo Motor Show.  The new vehicle is called the “Ariya”, and while Nissan is still calling it a “concept,” it seems to be one only in name, as the car is expected to reach production soon.

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Nissan Stories October 1, 2019

While we are waiting for Nissan to unveil its new electric SUV, the Japanese automaker surprised us today with a new urban electric car: The Nissan IMk. expand full story

Nissan Stories August 6, 2019

Nissan and EVgo are announcing today that they are expanding their collaboration and will deploy 200 more fast-charging stations for electric cars in the US. expand full story

Nissan Stories July 30, 2019

Latin America has been underserved by automakers when it comes to electric vehicles, but Nissan is looking to change that by launching the Leaf in the biggest Latin American markets. expand full story

Nissan Stories July 16, 2019

While we are impatiently waiting for Tesla, Rivian, and others to bring their electric pickup trucks to market here in North America, China is already getting some.

Nissan is launching a new electric pickup truck through a Dongfeng joint venture in China: the Dongfeng Rich 6 EV. expand full story

Nissan Stories June 24, 2019

Nissan partnered with Mackie’s of Scotland, an ice cream producer, to create a new version of its e-NV200 all-electric van designed to be a zero-emission ice cream truck. expand full story

Nissan Stories May 30, 2019

As partner Renault mulls a merger with Fiat Chrysler, Nissan, in flux since the arrest and departure of former CEO Carlos Ghosn, may have a stronger position than some anticipated due to its own electric car technology.

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Nissan Stories May 14, 2019

A reeling Nissan is looking to expand its footprint in China’s electric vehicle market by investing in one of the country’s electric startups.

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Nissan Stories March 1, 2019

Nissan has just announced pricing for their upcoming 62kWh Leaf Plus model, which will be available in the US starting later this month.

The starting price comes in just around the expected level, at $36,550.  The Leaf SV Plus will be $38,510, and the top trim, the Leaf SL Plus, is priced at $42,550.

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Nissan Stories February 25, 2019

Last week we were invited to San Diego to drive the new Nissan Leaf Plus, the updated version of the Leaf with a new 62kWh battery pack, which will start sales in March.  We spent the day driving it all through the county on a variety of roads, and came away impressed if not surprised by this iteration on an already-solid package.

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Nissan Stories January 14, 2019

Fresh off its CES LEAF 62kWh unveil, Nissan today at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit took the wraps off its IMS concept car based heavily on its similarly named IMx concept. Have Nissan reached Concept-ception?  expand full story

Nissan Stories November 30, 2018

Under its racing brand Nismo, Nissan unveiled in Tokyo this week a new LEAF-based electric race car with dual motors: the LEAF NISMO RC. expand full story

Nissan Stories November 19, 2018

Carlos Ghosn, the head of the Renault-Nissan Alliance and one of the biggest proponents of electrification amongst the leaders of legacy automakers, was arrested in Tokyo today over some ‘serious misconduct’ of a financial nature. expand full story

Nissan Stories November 13, 2018

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance announced today that it invested in Enevate, a battery startup that is claiming breakthroughs including “5-minute fast charging” and “high energy density”. expand full story

Nissan Stories September 14, 2018

Nissan has released more information and pricing today for the 2019 LEAF in the US.

The Japanese automaker said that a “longer-range version will be available in the future”, but it didn’t release any more information about it. expand full story

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