Low Gas Prices Send Prices for Used Plug-in Car Tumbling

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Despite its recent rise, a gallon of regular gas is still $1.06 cheaper today than it was a year ago, according to AAA. That's led prices for used electric vehicles to plunge, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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How much? Try more than $2,000. That's the difference in average listing prices between a 3-year-old Nissan Leaf on Cars.com in January 2015 versus a 3-year-old Leaf in January 2014. Last month, the average 2012 Nissan Leaf listed for just $15,575 — a $2,226 drop compared to the average listing price for a 2011 Leaf in January 2014, which was $17,801.

The drop reflects a rough stretch for EV resale value, but it's great news if you're shopping for a used plug-in car.

By Kelsey Mays | February 27, 2015 | Comments (8)

Nissan Leaf Gets Glow-in-the-Dark Paint Concept

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We're not sure why any car needs glow-in-the-dark paint, but Nissan's European division decided to give it a go on the Leaf EV. Working with inventor Hamish Scott, whose Starpath technology enables glow-in-the-dark walkways, Nissan developed paint for the Leaf that absorbs ultraviolet light during the day and glows for eight to 10 hours overnight. You know, in case you really want to draw attention to that luminous orb in your driveway at 2 a.m.

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This isn't the first time someone has tried to make a car glow, but Nissan claims its all-organic paint is unique. Among its ingredients is strontium aluminate — a "very rare natural earth product" that’s odorless and chemically inert, according to the automaker. (Yes, because environmentalism is all about using rare earth products.) The paint could last 25 years, but there are “no plans for this to go on commercial sale,” Nissan Europe spokesman Gareth Dean told us.

The automaker says it developed glow-in-the-dark paint for the Leaf "to highlight the link between Leaf ownership and solar-panel installation," Dean said. There are some 7,500 Leaf owners in the United Kingdom, and installation of solar panels is particularly high among them, he added.

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By Kelsey Mays | February 17, 2015 | Comments (1)

Infiniti Cancels Electric Car Plans

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The North American International Auto Show in Detroit is buzzing with big electric car news from Chevrolet with the Volt and the Bolt, but Infiniti quietly announced it no longer has plans to produce its electric car, the LE.

Related: Infiniti LE Concept at the 2012 New York Auto Show

When the LE concept debuted at the 2012 New York International Auto Show, Infiniti called it a "production intent" concept and said it would hit the market in the next two years. Three years later, plans to build a luxury electric sedan based on Nissan's Leaf are off due to a renewed focus on higher volume segments, an Infiniti executive told USA Today.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 19, 2015 | Comments (5)

How Would Chevy's Bolt EV Stack Up Against the Nissan Leaf?

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Chevrolet unveiled its Bolt EV concept car at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit today, a car that promises a 200-mile range and a price "around" $30,000. The automaker didn't say much more about it — like how much room it has inside or when we might expect a production version to hit the road, if ever.

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Of course, there are other electric cars on the road with the best-selling amongst them being Nissan's Leaf. Here's a quick snapshot of how the two compare and more photos of the Bolt's debut in Detroit.

By David Thomas | January 12, 2015 | Comments (0)

Top 10 Urban Cars

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From squeezing between a Dumpster and a wall to holding your breath as a bus hard aports past your bumper, cities can be an automotive minefield. And cars are often the casualties. Need proof? Look no further than auto insurance rates. A 40-year-old male with a 2012 Honda Accord in Manhattan's West Village would pay 27 percent more for the exact same coverage than if he lived across the Hudson River in Hoboken, N.J., according to CarInsurance.com's analysis of six leading carriers.

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Yet scores of Americans still prefer to live in the city. From New York to San Antonio, the country's 25 largest urban centers are home to 31.9 million people within city limits, according to the 2010 Census. That's 10.3 percent of the entire U.S. population in 2010, and given the trend of increasing urbanization, it doesn't look like it will recede anytime soon.

Most city-zens still have to drive. Not to worry: Our latest Top 10 nominates cars best suited for urban driving. Editors considered our candidates' overall size relative to their competitors, as well as visibility, city gas mileage, turning radius, city drivability, utility and more.

Here are our picks, in order of which cars received the most votes. In cases of a tie, we ranked by turning circle and other dimensions.

By Kelsey Mays | August 11, 2014 | Comments (10)

Not All Small Cars Shine in Latest IIHS Crash Tests

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In its latest round of tests the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that diminutive cars still have issues with its challenging small overlap front crash test. This time out electric cars like the range-extender 2014 Chevrolet Volt and 2014 Nissan Leaf were tested for the first time with mixed results, while the Mini Countryman was the only small car in the group to earn a top grade in the test.

Related: Tougher IIHS Crash Test Could Mean Fewer Top Safety Picks

The Volt popped up on IIHS' scale of poor, marginal, acceptable and good with a score of acceptable, good enough for the Volt to be awarded a 2014 Top Safety Pick+ designation, the institute's highest award. The Leaf didn't fare as well in the 40-mph test designed to simulate a collision with another vehicle or a pole and earned a poor rating. IIHS observed intrusion in the lower and upper compartments indicating likely injuries to the left knee and left lower leg, while a left thigh injury would also be possible. Neither electric car had any issue with the batteries or electrical systems post-crash.

Ten other small cars went through this round of IIHS small overlap crash tests along with the Volt and Leaf, including the Mini Cooper Countryman and the Mazda5, which IIHS says is one of the worst-performing models the institute has evaluated in the small overlap test.

By Joe Bruzek | July 30, 2014 | Comments (5)

Nissan Plans Self-Driving Systems for 2016

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During the next several years Nissan has some big plans for its vehicles — and most of them don't involve the driver. The automaker announced plans to make several autonomous vehicle technologies available on its cars over the next few years, with the ultimate goal of a completely self-driving car.

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Starting in 2016, Nissan hopes to equip its vehicles with traffic-jam pilot, which will drive the vehicle in stop-and-go traffic, and an automatic parking system, similar to what's already offered by several automakers. By 2018, Nissan hopes to launch a system that allows the car to change lanes without driver input, and before the end of the decade, another that autonomously pilots the car across intersections.

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By Jennifer Geiger | July 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

Nissan Leaf Used Prices Drop Most in June

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Gas prices may be on the rise, but that's not necessarily bolstering demand for used electric cars. The all-electric Nissan Leaf saw the biggest price drop in June; asking prices for late-model used Leafs dipped 4.2 percent ($819) to $18,692 on average. The Chevrolet Volt, an electric car with a range-extending gas generator, experienced the fourth-biggest price drop, with its average price falling 2.9 percent ($710) to $23,984.

Meanwhile, the Chevrolet Express 3500 full-size van had the biggest price gain in June, up 2.1 percent ($513) to $24,908. Rounding out the top three were the Porsche Boxster convertible, up 1.8 percent ($959), and the Lincoln MKS luxury sedan, which gained 1.5 percent ($430).

By Mike Hanley | June 24, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2014 Nissan Leaf

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 211 model-year 2014 Nissan Leaf electric cars manufactured Feb. 28 through March 12, 2014

The Problem: A welding problem could reduce the structural integrity of the vehicle if it’s involved in a crash. This increases the risk of injury.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the affected parts for free.

What Owners Should Do: Nissan will notify owners starting in mid-June. Owners can call Nissan at 800-647-7261 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Jennifer Geiger | May 20, 2014 | Comments (2)

AAA Study: Extreme Cold Has Chilling Effect on EV Range

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When it comes to all-electric vehicles, the primary source of apprehension for most would-be buyers is range, and logically so. After all, once your EV's battery runs out of juice, unless you happen to be pulling into a charging station at that very moment, that's as far as you're going — at least until the tow truck shows up. While good planning can prevent that scenario, EV drivers must also account for the sometimes-dramatic swings in range caused by varying weather conditions, especially extreme cold.

A Winter in the Nissan Leaf

A new study released this month by AAA found that EV range can be reduced by as much as 57 percent based on the outside temperature. At the AAA Automotive Research Center in Southern California, researchers conducted a simulation to measure the driving range of three all-electric vehicles in cold, moderate and hot weather, and temperature played a major role in driving range for all three.

By Matt Schmitz | March 28, 2014 | Comments (19)

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