We’re five years into battery powered vehicles, and it’s time for a checkup. The Nissan LEAF is the world’s bestselling electric car with over 165,000 sold. Powered by a battery, one of the many worries is the high cost that comes with having to replace a battery. Nissan checked in on their battery-powered LEAF’s in Europe and came to an astounding conclusion.
Of the 35,000 LEAF sales in Europe, a grand total of three had a battery power unit failure. Yes, three. That’s 0.01% of all sales, meaning that Nissan LEAF batteries are 99.99% reliable. That’s a mere fraction of the industry-wide defects in normal car engines.
“The facts speak for themselves. The rate of battery faults in our vehicles is negligible, even the most ardent critic cannot argue with that,” said Jean-Pierre Diernaz, Director of Electric Vehicles, Nissan Europe.
LEAF sales haven’t dropped off – in fact, it seems they’ve just begun. Last year the LEAF saw a 33% sales increase over 2013, taking over 25% of the electric car market with over 15,000 sales. Added bonus: the LEAF is 40% cheaper to maintain as well, with only three onboard components.
“The battery technology is just part of our success story. With over 165,000 customers globally, it’s clear that we’re not the only people who are thrilled by the success of this state-of-the-art technology,” said Diernaz.
Even though other brands continue to make bold announcements about their upcoming EVs, Nissan continues to make fans wait for news on the next-generation LEAF. Since the Nissan LEAF is currently the best-selling EV in the world, Nissan may be right to feel like they hold all the cards. “Of course things are in the works,” Brian Brockman of Nissan said at the Chicago Auto Show, but refused to be more specific than that.
We’re hoping to hear more specifics about the next-generation LEAF this summer. For now, though, we can remind you that the new EV will boast double the range of the current LEAF, giving it up to 200 miles of travel per charge. Nissan has promised that future models will include capabilities like wireless charging, but it remains to be seen if that feature will start with this new LEAF.
The LEAF has already sold close to 200,000 units—a huge number, especially for an electric car—and this new generation of the vehicle should cause those numbers to rocket even higher. Nissan haseven promised the new LEAF will have a more mainstreamdesign, an effort to bring the EV segment home to everyone. Come see us here at James Ceranti Nissan to learn more!
When you think of a hatchback, it’s likely that the image that comes to mind is a cute, sporty vehicle that is fun-to-drive. Now, Nissan is looking to completely shatter this image with the Nissan Sway hatchback concept car. This brand-new concept car from the Japanese carmaker offers an innovative design, sexier silhouette, and powerful engine that has shaken the hatchback segment to its core.
The Sway Concept offers a new, bold style that reflects Nissan’s newest design philosophy. Nissan combines sharp angles, edgier bodylines, and a thinner silhouette to shake the typical “Girl Next Door” appeal of a hatchback, changing it instead into a bit of a sexpot. The sophisticated, sultry appeal is enhanced even more so with the Sway’s floating roof design, which uses a panoramic glass roof and special window design to give the illusion of 360 views. As you would expect, the stylish exterior hints at the elegant interior.
There is little information about whether the Nissan Sway hatchback concept will enter production, but make sure you check back to James Ceranti Nissan for more information about this new model!
Nissan recently released a YouTube ad showcasing a Leaf model that looks straight out of the future – with glow-in-the-dark paint. This special paint job actually absorbs UV energy during the day, enabling it to glow at night.
You can check out the short video here, on Nissan’s official channel.
In the clip, you’ll see the glow-in-the-dark Leaf sitting in the sunlight during the day, before it zooms around highways at night, glowing like a firefly. While it appears white during the day, its nightglow turns it into a fluorescent green, thanks to mysterious, organic compounds.
Nissan tragically does not appear to have plans to release this glow-in-the-dark paint to consumers, hoarding its secret formula. Instead, the purpose of the video is to demonstrate the Leaf’s dedication to converting solar energy.
But hey, a fan can hope, right? Maybe the Nissan glow-in-the-dark paint will be available for purchase someday in a bright, neon future. Until then, stop by James Ceranti Nissan to see what the hype is all about.
Ever wonder how a vehicle becomes realized from the ground up? The third chapter in a unique series of short videos from Nissan captures the process of what it was like to design the newest generation of the Nissan Titan.
Our guide for the third chapter of the Nissan Titan Truckumentary, entitled, “Sketch Pad,” is Diane Allen, Senior Design Manager. She seems overwhelmingly qualified for the job, having worked at Nissan for 30 years and overseen the design of a number of significant models. Not to mention, her passion and enthusiasm is very evident, and contagious.
She explains how her team consists of design people who each have their own specialty. There are people whose job it is to sketch, people who do clay-modeling, digital creation, milling, and scanning.
Allen spoke fondly and excitedly of how the team assembled and began what she calls a “design conversation.” Part of that process was creating an “inspiration wall,” where team members could place inspiration objects, from images of the god Titan to power tools.
The finished product does look admittedly…visionary. At the least, its shape and design cues give it a strong presence. That came from the Nissan’s team design philosophy. According to Allen, the team “had to be our own.”
“We had to be Nissan,” she said. At James Ceranti Nissan, we loved catching up on the latest edition of the Truckumentary. Let us know in the comments what you thought.