Items tagged with Nissan Leaf

When it comes to modern electric vehicles, Tesla has become synonymous with advancing the genre. The company really caught a lot of attention with its Model S and has lit up the sales charts with its more mainstream Model 3. Now, Nissan is looking past its own econobox Leaf EV so push forward with the IMs concept.  The IMs features a brand-new car platform that was designed from the ground-up to be used for EVs. It is a mid-size sedan that at 190 inches in length is about 5 inches longer than a Model 3, but roughly 8 inches shorter than the Model S. It rides on a relatively long 114-inch wheelbase, which leaves plenty of room between the wheels to accommodate a large battery pack. In fact,... Read more...
Nissan is delivering more for less with the second-generation Leaf electric vehicle (EV). Since this is an EV, let’s get the most important stuff out the way first. Range has taken a big step forward compared to the outgoing model, rising from a “just okay” 107 miles to a “that’s more like it” 150 miles. Nissan was able to achieve this increase while using a battery pack (40 kWh) that occupies the exact same dimensions as its predecessor. The actual lithium-ion cells have 67 percent greater energy density compared to the original battery pack included in the 2010 Leaf. Enhanced electrode materials with revised battery chemistry also helps boost the range, while battery durability (during charging... Read more...
  Tesla’s Model 3 might be the new hotness when it comes to electric vehicles, but Nissan is looking to take away some of that spotlight. The original Leaf brought customers a relatively affordable electric vehicle with a drive range of around 100 miles. However, the second-generation Leaf has some stiffer competition not only from the Model 3, but also the Chevrolet Bolt. Although the second-generation Leaf isn’t supposed to make its debut until early September, the car has already been spied roaming the streets. As you can see from the images, the Leaf borrows styling cues from current Nissan vehicles like the Murano and Maxima; especially where the roof meets the rear doors. You can also... Read more...
If you've been skeptical of buying a connected car for fear that its technologies could be used against you, it won't help to learn that Nissan has suspended downloads of a companion app for its Leaf electric vehicle for that very reason. At issue is the woeful lack of security, and in particular the lack of authentication. Here's the deal—the accompanying NissanConnect app, which Leaf owners can install on their smartphones and connect to their car, only looks for the car's VIN. Security researchers Troy Hunt and Scott Helme brought the attention to light yesterday when they published their findings in a blog post. Now a day later, Nissan has disabled the service. "This API thing is just nuts.... Read more...
If you own a Nissan Leaf electric vehicle, you might want to take note of research conducted by Troy Hunt. More specifically, Hunt and fellow researcher Scott Helme were able to demonstrate that certain vehicle functions can be turned on and off remotely thanks to open and unauthenticated APIs that Nissan is using for its NissanConnect services. And this isn’t just some minor fault on the part of Nissan; it represents a spectacular failure of Nissan’s security protocols (or lack thereof) used in the NissanConnect EV app to connect with Leaf EVs via the Internet. “This API thing is just nuts. It's not even like they just missed auth or didn't check, it's actually not implemented,” writes Helme.... Read more...
California owners of Priuses and other hybrids are about to get a rude awakening: as of July 1, 2011, they will no longer be eligible for the HOV lane with their yellow stickers. Those who want to get into that lane again are stuck looking for white sticker vehicles, including the Nissan Leaf, but that all-electric vehicle is severely limited in range (Nissan claims 100 miles, but search for "range anxiety" and you'll see real-life is not the same). [Green stickers will begin being issued for plug-in hybrids in January 2012.] For those who want an EV, not a CNG vehicle, the question is: what to do, what to do? The answer for some may be the Tesla Model S. The Tesla Model S is the new model that... Read more...
One of the concerns of owning a full electric vehicle (not a plug-in hybrid like the Volt) is finding a charging station when necessary. Released to the App Store on Monday, March 7, there's an app for that. It's called PlugShare. Available free in the App Store, it was developed by Xatori. Xatori co-founder and chief executive Forrest North previously worked as an engineer at EV maker Tesla Motors, and also founded and was CEO of Mission Motors. The app is coming soon to the Android Market, the company said. The PlugShare network, aside from relying on public charging stations, allows those with or without EVs to sign up and "donate" their electricity to the network. Palo Alto-based, Xatori... Read more...