Nissan has issued a recall for around 20,000 of its Pathfinder and Infiniti JX vehicles due to faulty breaks. The front brakes of the vehicles can potentially fail while driving, reducing the braking power of the vehicles. It’s recalling the 2013 models of the Pathfinder and Infinite JX vehicles in order to repair the problems.
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With price reductions on both sides of the Atlantic, and a battery replacement promise, Nissan is clearly keen to lure you over to the EV side of the fence. The latest ploy comes in the form of a battery leasing scheme in the UK market. Dubbing them “Flex” models, cars bought with a leased battery will start at £15,990 (about $ 24,000) thanks to a British government grant scheme that knocks £5,000 ($ 7,700) off the price. It’ll then cost £70 ($ 108) and upwards a month to rent the battery depending on the contract and mileage. The new British-built version also comes with a swathe of improvements (over 100 claims Nissan), with top-billing going to the extended range — from 109 to 124 miles. With charging times also said to be close to 50 percent of those of the original Leaf, the car certainly seems to be moving with the times. Those who prefer to buy the car and battery together as one, can still do so, at the expense of the £5,000 grant. Still undecided? Remember even more improvements could be on the way.
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The partnership to jointly develop fuel cell vehicles by 2017 signals the renewed interest in hydrogen-powered cars and the need to collaborate in auto industry.
A long-running joke in the auto industry is that fuel cell vehicles are the technology of the future—and always will be. But that may not ring true a few years from now.
Nissan has thrown down the warranty gauntlet to other EV makers by announcing it would be the first to “restore” battery capacity if a Leaf’s full charge fell below 9 out of 12 “bars” within 5 years or 60k miles. The new clause was announced by VP Andy Palmer and will go into effect in spring of next year on all models, including those sold in 2011 and 2012. The company stressed it would only “repair or replace the battery under warranty with a new or remanufactured unit to restore capacity at or above a minimum of nine bars,” and not a full charge — saying a gradual, but not excessive loss of charge was normal. Nissan added that it’d look to improve the accuracy of the battery gauge, since the aforementioned bars on the dash were computer managed and not exactly scientific. All of this applies to US-only vehicles for now, but similar policies will soon be applied worldwide, according to the statement. So, if you’ve been starting to get range anxiety, check the PR below for all the details.
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Via: Autoblog Green
Nissan hasn’t been having the best of luck with its all-electric Leaf. The vehicle hasn’t sold in numbers like the automaker had hoped. Out of the consumers who purchased the Leaf, nearly 18,000 complained of battery capacity loss and poor performance of the vehicle battery packs. To address the complaints of Leaf owners Nissan has
So far, Nissan has failed to generate the kind sales hoped for with its electric Leaf automobile. Part of the reason the car has failed to sell is that it’s driving range is too short for many shoppers and the price is too high. Nissan showed off a new version of the Leaf this week
The first season of Nissan GT Academy has completed and Nissan and Sony have announced that they have teamed up to bring a second season of Nissan GT Academy competition to the US. The Nissan GT Academy is a competition that takes participants who win online races in a Grand Turismo special series and pits
I have to admit that each time I see a normal Nissan Juke cruising around, I think it’s the ugliest vehicle I’ve ever seen. The first time I saw the Juke-R, I formed a completely different opinion of the car though. This special custom-made version of the little Juke actually looks kind of cool. It
Watch out Google, here comes Nissan: The Japanese car maker has unveiled a concept car based on the all-electric Leaf that is able to drive and park itself.
As gesture of good will, Nissan to buy back Leafs that lost driving range from high temperatures and long-than-average mileage.
Nissan has purchased Leafs from two owners in Phoenix who complained of losing battery capacity due to high temperatures.
Your average fuel cell powered car is something like the Mercedes B Class F-Cell: tiny, light and hugely efficient. Nissan is trying to break that rather restrictive preconception with its latest concept, the Terra. Like its cross-prefixed predecessor, the Xterra, and similarly quirky Juke, the Terra is designed to take the rougher road while cosseting its occupants in a particularly trick interior featuring both a dashboard that’s actually a removable tablet. The idea is you can take it inside and keep tabs on your car, but we wonder what happens when you leave it sitting by the bed as you groggily stagger out to your vehicle in the morning.
Impractical concept car interior design decisions aside, the machine is powered by a trio of electric motors (yes, three) driving all four wheels and receiving their power from Nissan’s latest hydrogen-powered fuel cell. Nissan says this unit costs just one sixth that of its predecessor, but presumably such a system has a long way to go before it can be placed in a reasonably priced machine. No word on what this might cost — if indeed it ever goes into production. This one, we think, isn’t too likely.
Gallery: Nissan Terra
Steve Dent contributed to this post.
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The automaker blames rapid battery capacity loss on high mileage.
Electric vehicles have a lot going for them—they’re clean and quiet, they accelerate briskly, and they have far fewer parts than conventional gas-powered cars, reducing maintenance. But that may all be trumped by their high price tag and limited range—most go 100 miles or less on a charge. Now electric vehicles are in danger of having another black mark: several Nissan Leaf owners in hot areas of the country have been saying that the battery capacity of their cars is shrinking fast. One 2011 model could only travel 59 miles on a charge, down from the EPA’s rating of 73, and Nissan’s original claims of 100 miles. Now the results of a Nissan study of those vehicles are in. The cars are being driven too much. According to Green Car Reports, Nissan says:
A test of driving range by Nissan Leaf owners seeks to find out if the electric car’s battery capacity is being negatively affected by hot temperatures.
For months, Nissan Leaf owners in Arizona have complained about degrading battery capacity from high heat. Now, a group of Leaf owners have performed a test that appears to add credence to those claims.
Nissan and General Electric have conceded a problem with the Leaf EV, though drivers are left waiting in the middle for a fix. After Nissan Leaf owners were informed that GE Wattstation chargers could in fact damage the car during a recharge, General Electric has issued a statement blaming Nissan’s tech for the flaw, rather
GE and Nissan had previously ruled out GE’s WattStation as the cause of a few Leaf charging failures, and that story of EV tragedy looks to be winding to a close with a more definitive explanation. As the two tell us, a bug in the Leaf’s on-board charging software can damage the relevant hardware under a perfect storm of conditions: if a drivers uses a specific (but not necessarily GE) charger, an undervoltage or similar power crisis can bring the Leaf to its knees. Nissan says it’s hurrying towards a remedy, although we’re working to confirm just what that entails. In the meantime, the automaker is asking owners to be cautious and avoid plugging in when there’s lightning or brownouts in the making.
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The large capacity battery in Nissan’s LEAF electric vehicle will soon be able to power entire homes. Nichicon has developed a new Vehicle to Home System called “EV Power Station” that can both charge and discharge the EV’s batteries, distributing its electricity to the household. The EV Power Station is said to be the world’s
Nissan Motor Co. and apparel maker Under Armor have disclosed recent data breaches involving the potential compromise of employee information.
Intel is notorious for marking its territory on a wide array of consumer gear, but one piece of kit that’s unlikely to sport that famous sticker is the infotainment system of Nissan’s 2013 Infiniti lineup. Unveiled today at the New York International Auto Show, the in-vehicle computer represents a collaboration between Intel and Nissan and was showcased within the Infiniti LE concept vehicle. On the inside lurks an Atom CPU, which bucks the general trend toward ARM architecture in these systems. Both companies put their collective heads together to create cloud-based services for smartphone users such as video surveillance, vehicle control and monitoring. As another nice refinement, users will also be able to use their phone’s NFC capabilities for keyless entry to the carriage — no word on whether it can similarly activate the ignition. You’ll find the full PR after the break.
Fifteen months and 10,000 American sales later, Nissan is preparing a 2013 overhaul of its Leaf EV. What green and fresh bounties can we expect? Leather seats, a “darker” interior and more efficient heater, which could let the EV go up to 20-25 miles further in cold-weather conditions. Sounds minor to our comfortably warm ears, and there’s no specific mention of inductive charging (depicted above) either. On the other hand, the 2012 model already hiked up prices and Nissan probably has to stick closely to the current $ 35,000 bracket or risk being run down by another all-electric, all-emotional hatchback that’s also due next year.
In what must be a positive sign for those of you out there hoping for a much more electric future for vehicles, smashing out the smoke that our combustable engines now pollute the world with at some point in the future, Nissan has announced that their 2011 sales of the all-electric Leaf vehicle have fallen [...]
Well hey there, butterfingers. Do your smartphone cases often slip from grip, hitting the deck and resulting in a bevy of tiny nicks that leave you self-conscious about your inability to maintain a firm grasp? Well, Nissan (yes, that Nissan) may just have an answer, in the form of a self-healing iPhone case. Naturally, the Scratch Shield protects your device from garnering unwanted blemishes, but it also features a polyrotaxane-based finish that helps maintain the case itself, covering over small scratches in as little as an hour. Nissan is keeping its magic paint on home turf for the time being, licensing the material to Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo, though the Leaf-maker is also said to be considering a commercial launch later this year. Until then, you’ll need to stay strong (gripped), though a self-mend solution may well be in your future.
Nissan will be showing off its latest electric vehicle concept called the Pivo 3 at next month’s Tokyo Motor Show. But ahead of the major event, the company has released some photos and videos this week of the third-generation Pivo and it’s looking much closer to a realistic production vehicle than ever before. The Pivo [...]
An anonymous reader writes “The New York Times is running a story on people hacking the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle. ‘Using Mr. Giddings’s home-brewed E.V. fuel-level display, Leaf drivers get the confidence to extend their driving range by 10 percent or more. His gauge, which displays the actual state of charge, reveals that the Leaf dashboard’s “zero bars” display comes on when the battery pack has several miles remaining.’ Here’s an interesting quote from one of the hackers, Phil Sadow, who was interviewed for the story: ‘I don’t like the term hacking because it’s been portrayed by the media as something evil. To me, hacking is actually very American. Go out to the garage. Take it apart. Make it better.’”
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Nissan’s next-generation super-rapid car chargers will recharge an EV battery in 10 minutes or less.