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Is Nissan Leaf still competitive? Absolutely. Here's why

In a world where the Tesla Model 3 and Chevy Bolt exist, can the Nissan Leaf continue its success?

Range isn't everything.

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Road trip: A Chevy Bolt's journey to the far reaches of its range

Or, a road trip to Indiana tests the Bolt's real-world travel chops.

It's non-trivial.

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Hyundai admits 124-mile Ioniq EV is 'not enough'

Hyundai is already promising a 200-plus-mile version for 2018.

Here's a new car, and oh here's the update.

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Chevy Bolt EV comes cruising with 238 miles of range

That's 23 miles more than the Tesla Model 3 is supposed to have.

The previous Chevy EV could only go 82 miles.

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MIT: Quit pretending that you couldn't live with an EV

We don't drive as much as we think we do.

Even a Nissan Leaf would work for almost everyone.

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Hyundai planning 250-mile electric vehicle by 2020

This is way beyond the 110-mile Ioniq EV coming later this year

Until plug-in vehicle buyers stop caring about all-electric range - and who knows when that might happen - the distance an EV can travel on a full charge will remain an important selling point. Most US drivers go less than 40 miles a day, but that's not stopping at least two high-profile automakers from building a 200-mile EV. Both the Chevy Bolt EV and the Tesla Model 3 are shooting for this target.

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Argonne: EVs will have gas-like energy density by 2045

You need to look at the whole picture.

Researchers at Argonne National Lab think that gas cars and battery electric vehicles will have the same energy density by 2045.

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Carlos Ghosn remains bullish on Nissan Leaf and electric cars

CEO Says Infrastructure Investment Needed To Ease Range Anxiety

In countless introductions of the new Chevy Bolt, executives from General Motors touted the all-electric vehicle as the first affordable electric car for the masses. Those without selective memories may recall – what was it? – oh yes, the Nissan Leaf.

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BMW preparing 'optimized driveline' for i3, provides more range

Autocar reports BMW is preparing an "optimized driveline" for the i3 that upgrades the battery and electronics, and improves range to "well over" 124 miles.

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Tesla banishes range anxiety with Model S software update 6.2

Semi-Autonomous Auto Steering Coming Soon

Tesla's Model S software update 6.2 adds Range Assurance and Trip Planner to help ease range anxiety, and update 7.0 promises much more exciting tech, like auto steering and semi-autonomous modes.

What will Elon Musk announce Thursday that will 'end' range anxiety'?

A short Tweet from Tesla CEO Elon Musk says he will "end range anxiety" for Model S drivers with an announcement this Thursday. Yeah, we want to know more, too.

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Why it's difficult to accurately test the efficiency of a plug-in car

Unclear Wording In SAE J-1634 Standard Doesn't Help

The EPA's test to certify the range of electric vehicles and plug-ins is a convoluted mess in many cases that often doesn't accurately evaluate driving range. Green Car Reports takes a look at the problem in a recent deep dive and finds a relatively simple solution.

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Tesla Model S drivers put way more miles on their cars than Nissan Leaf owners do (we think)

California EV Company Hits One Billion Kilometer Milestone 1.5 Years Earlier

Just a few weeks ago, Nissan announced that its customers have driven over a billion electric kilometers in the four years that the world's best-selling EV has been on the road. That heady milestone means, Nissan says, that the Leaf has saved 180 million kilograms of CO2 emissions around the world.

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VW invests in QuantumScape for potentially fireproof, long-range EV batteries

First Application Could Be Mid-2015

VW might be getting ready to push its plug-in technology in a big way thanks to an investment in the battery startup QuantumScape. Key point: the solid-state battery is said to be fireproof and will offer tremendous range advantages.

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Nissan battery breakthrough to double Leaf EV range within a few years

The Tesla Model S might be the headline-grabber of the electric vehicle world, but the Nissan Leaf is the segment's secret star. With over 130,000 sold worldwide since its introduction and record US sales in 2014, the little hatchback has helped its parents at the Renault-Nissan Alliance to sell over 200,000 EVs since 2010.

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100-mile EVs offer plenty of range, for now

Oak Ridge Says The Numbers Show We Should All Be Happy With Double-Digit Range Limits

We've heard that the next big paradigm shift in electric vehicle acceptance will come with more 150- or 200-mile EVs. But a new study called Optimizing and Diversifying Electric Vehicle Driving Range for US Drivers says that cars that can go that far really won't make sense for anyone to buy until the battery cost can be dropped to $100 per kilowatt hour. Automakers today are incredibly secretive about how much each kWh in a pack costs, but it's safe to say we're nowhere near that goal just yet.

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This is what happens when you drive your Nissan Leaf beyond empty

Robert Llewellyn Gets Fully Discharged For Science

If you see an AAA truck bringing someone a can of extra gas, it's rarely a big deal, but when an EV driver runs out of charge, people pay attention. Whether its a writer for The New York Times or hardcore Tesla fans, people are curious about this newfangled technology and the things that could go wrong.

Recharge Wrap-up: Toyota FCV wears silver, Foxconn's $15K EV, solar power at GM

And Who Wants To Go On An EV Road Trip Across Illinois?

The Toyota FCV made its North American debut at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival, and this time it's not sporting its usual blue sheet metal. This silver paint job shows a bit more contrast. Certain features stand out a bit more, especially the black strip that wraps around the grille and down the sides of the hood to the mirrors. This is the production version of the car's exterior, which will go on sale in California next summer. Toyota also had its Driver Awareness Research Vehicle, DARV 1.5, on

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Psychology can wipe out 20-25% of your EV's range

There are two primary takeaways from a recent study of electric-vehicle driving habits in Germany. One: an electric vehicle with 25 percent of its battery charge left creates the same reaction in drivers as the fuel needle on "E" in a gas-powered car. Two: familiarity breeds comfort.

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Chevy up to old EVs-equal-range-anxiety tricks in new Volt Olympics ad

General Motors is at it again with a new Chevrolet Volt TV commercial. Viewers of the Winter Olymics (at least in some markets) recently saw a TV ad in between the skating and the skiing that made no mention of the environmental benefits or freedom from the power of Big Oil that electric vehicles provide. No, this one was based on pure survival instinct.

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