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Nissan unveiled its new Leaf electric car this evening, but apparently the UK twitter account for the automaker was unaware that the Nissan.com domain is owned by a man who has grown to hate the company, resulting in a rather hilarious mishap.
As other automakers and electric-minded newcomers continue to take a swing at replacing the everyday commuter car with something powered solely with batteries, Nissan seems to be interested in staying in a smaller part of the slowly-growing EV segment with its upcoming next-generation Leaf.
Tesla should be used to getting called out by other automakers by now—not that it doesn’t dish out its fair share of industry trash talk from time to time. Now it’s Diarmuid O’Connell, a business development executive, who basically called out the entire field of electric vehicle competition for being boring, claiming…
Washington State, no stranger to the environment or tourism in the Cascade Mountains, will soon install a number of EV charging stations in that region for the slew of electric vehicles that will inevitably vacation there alongside their green masters.
Interstate 5 crosses Washington state from Oregon to Canada. And later this year, work will begin to make it the first electric highway in the United States. It's good to be a Volt owner in the Pacific Northwest.
Electric cars might be beautifully quiet, but they lack the aural balls of a V8, and pose a safety risk to pedestrians. That's why next year's Nissan Leaf will have a whirring sound reminiscent of a Bladerunner Police spinner.
The LEAF may be compensating for the lack of a tailpipe with 30 minute "quick charges" and the ability to go for miles and miles on a single charge (100 miles to be exact), but hey, it's eco-friendly.