Is it just a coincidence that Mark Perry, director of product planning and advanced technology – and a spokesman for the Nissan Leaf who has provided plenty of information to AutoblogGreen over the years – just retired? A company spokesman told us that the move has been planned for a long time, so any questions about timing – it does come at a time when Nissan has one mess to clean up with angry owners in Arizona and another with an owner who's been named in a federal class act
From what we know today, pretty much everything about the all-electric Nissan Leaf is getting bigger and/or better in 2012. From availability in Europe to 50-state availability and production in the States, it's clear Nissan is planning big things for its EV this year. Now, Nissan's Mark Perry has told the The Detroit News that the 2013 Leaf will get serious improvements when it launches later this year, including a better heater, a darker interior option and leather seats. The new Leaf will be
At some point during the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, Nissan sold its 10,000th Leaf in America. Not bad for an all-electric car that has been on sale for just over a year and is not yet available in all 50 states (this landmark will be achieved by March, though). Brendan Jones, the Leaf's marketing and sales strategist for Nissan North America, was understandably enthusiastic: "From a Leaf perspective, 2011 was a great year and very positive for the company. [10,000 sales] is more EVs than have been
The 2011 Nissan Leaf is fitted with an onboard charging system that accepts Level 2 240-volt charging at 3.3 kilowatts. While this setup allows the Leaf to be recharged from empty in approximately eight hours, Green Car Reports claims that an uprated system, boasting the ability to charge the Leaf in less time, is already in the works.
Coming up this afternoon, the heated discussions we have here on AutoblogGreen about the merits of the Nissan Leaf in comparison to the Chevrolet Volt will take to the public airwaves. Sometime during the 2 p.m. (EDT) hour of NPR's Science Friday show today, Nissan's Mark Perry, Nissan's director of product planning, Tony Posawatz, the Chevy Volt's vehicle line director and Phil Ross, a senior editor at IEEE Spectrum will join host Ira Flatow to discuss the question "Are Americans ready to plug
Somebody start the countdown clock! We've been hearing promises from Nissan for some time now that they would be selling an all-electric car in America. They've trotted out several interesting concepts over the past few years but they still haven't shown a design that they are committed to building. While we wait for that announcement (maybe Geneva?), the director of product planning and strategy for Nissan America, Mark Perry has said that the company will debut a "pure electric car" with a 100