Car rental chain Enterprise says it will buy 500 of Nissan's Leaf electric cars when they hit the market early next year. The company becomes the second in its industry to commit to the Leaf. SEE ALSO: A possible reason Enterprise didn't go with GM's Volt and an update from Nissan on the Leaf's rollout
Jul 27, 2010 11:32 AM
A Forbes piece that lists Nashville as one of America's Electric Car Capitals — or capitals-to-be, really — points out one interesting conundrum developers of charging networks need to address: Will they shoot themselves in the foot by building too many of their stations?
"The worst advertisement for an electric vehicle is a charging station that isn't being used," says Michael Rowand, director of advanced customer technology for Charlotte, N.C.-based Duke Energy, which supplies electric power to 4 million U.S. consumers. Communities need enough public chargers to reassure those suffering from "range anxiety" that they won't be stranded with a depleted battery, he said, but not so many that people conclude EVs are useless.
Jun 21, 2010 2:54 PM
There are a lot of carrots being dangled in front of potential buyers of electric cars. Pamela Coyle asks whether they're gonna do the job.
Free parking for hybrids and EVs gets some attention too, and individual cities have experimented with it. If most EV owners plan on city driving, have quick commutes and run errands, free parking is a perk with some legs. These are very local decisions, however, and more sensitive to economic forces than federally financed incentives.
Jun 21, 2010 7:30 AM
Reuters reports that President Obama will today lay out emissions standards for cars made from 2016 and on. As part of the announcement, he also will include some money to help automakers develop electric cars. SEE ALSO: A Nissan exec's comments in London about the unpredictability of incentives
May 21, 2010 7:54 AM
The entourage of the upcoming Tour of California will feature more than 40 Nissan Leaf electric cars as part of the auto maker's sponsorship agreement of the week-long event. The marketing package essentially kicks off broader Nissan sales push "that naturally aligns the Nissan LEAF and Nissan brand with the interests of those engaged in an active, healthy lifestyle."
May 13, 2010 8:09 AM
Starting tomorrow Nissan North America is taking reservations for its all-electric, zero-emission vehicle, the Nissan LEAF. Sign up to receive more information on the LEAF by the end of the day, at this link, and you'll receive a reservation email tomorrow. It will prompt you to create an account, configure your vehicle and pay a $99 refundable reservation fee. Nissan said 115,000 people have already signed up. Reservations for the general public open on May 15.
Apr 19, 2010 3:20 PM
Nissan has picked Mississippi-based W.G. Yates to handle design support services for the auto maker's Smyrna car battery plant. Construction on the assembly site, which has gotten major Department of Energy backing, is expected to start later this year. Yates also helped Nissan build its Canton, Miss., factory almost a decade ago.
Apr 8, 2010 9:59 AM