The class-action lawsuit over battery packs in 2011 and 2012 Nissan Leaf EVs in hot climates has been settled. The gist: new, not replacement, batteries.
2011 Nissan Leaf
The plot thickens on the health and durability of the Nissan Leaf's battery pack. A class action lawsuit has been filed in federal court by a Leaf owner accusing Nissan of covering up the electric vehicle's range reality. California plaintiff Humberto Klee says Nissan is advertising the Leaf as being able to drive up 100 miles on a charge, depending on variables such as road conditions and weather, but Klee alleges that Nissan has not been honest about the car's real-world range.
Owning an electric car with a reasonable range could be a very practical solution for many drivers. After all, pulling into the garage at the end of the day and plugging in your car can be a huge time saver if it means you can forgo the gas pump, not to mention the potential environmental benefits. That is, if you have access to a plug.
It was just a few months ago that Nissan announced it had sold over 10,000 all-electric Leaf electric cars around the world. Speaking before the start of the Tokyo Motor Show today, company officials confirmed to Autoblog that the automaker has sold over 20,000 Leafs since the electric car went on sale in December of 2010.
In the battle for plug-in vehicle sales supremacy, the electric-only Nissan Leaf has again emerged the victor for the month of August, beating the Chevrolet Volt for the fifth consecutive month (April, May, June, July and August). Yes, this is no longer some sort of short-lived trend.
Nissan of Canada has listed the 27 dealers that will initially sell and service the $38,395 ($39,003 U.S. at the current exchange rate) electric Leaf. The dealers, according to Nissan, have undergone specialized training and modified their service departments to gear up for the arrival of the Leaf.
Nissan Canada has officially announced the reservation process for the electric Leaf, which will hit dealerships in the Great White North this fall. Nissan says the first step of the Leaf reservation process is for potential buyers to sign up (some 15,000 Canadians have already completed this step) by clicking here. Then, in late August, Nissan will open up the order books to reserve a Leaf, but only to those registered on the website and who reside within the vicinity of a Nissan Leaf-certified