Nissan LEAF warranty will now cover battery capacity loss

Since the issue of premature battery capacity loss began to surface last May, Nissan has taken a number of steps to investigate the problem and reassure LEAF owners – it tested affected vehicles, established an independent board to improve communications, and even bought back a couple of LEAFs. Now the company has announced that it… Read more »

Plug In America publishes survey of LEAF owners regarding battery capacity

Plug In America has added some more information to the capacity controversy (or battery brouhaha, if you prefer) surrounding the Nissan LEAF. Briefly stated, the issue is that a number of LEAF owners in hot climates have found that their battery capacity is declining faster than expected. You can read the details in the latest… Read more »

Mitsubishi’s new Outlander PHEV goes on sale in Japan in January

The plug-in version of Mitsubishi’s Outlander, which debuted at this year’s Paris Motor Show, will go on sale at dealerships throughout Japan in January. The new crossover SUV incorporates technology that Mitsubishi developed for its i-MiEV pure electric vehicle, but this is obviously a much roomier and more robust ride. The Outlander PHEV’s 4WD powertrain… Read more »

Pike Research makes 10 predictions for the EV industry in 2013

Pike Research has issued a white paper entitled Electric Vehicles: 10 Predictions for 2013, that should make (mostly) cheerful reading for EV enthusiasts. Saying that “doubts about the long-term viability of the plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market were put to rest” in 2012, Pike predicts “the industry will be racing ahead in second gear in 2013.”… Read more »