World’s Largest Electric Taxi Fleet Deal Goes to Nissan

Electric Taxi Fleet

The Nissan Leaf is already the world’s bestselling electric car and now it’s likely the most popular electric taxi. A popular pick for taxi companies in Europe due to its low-cost maintenance and high rate of return, the Leaf is eco-friendly as well. Now a deal between a Madrid-based taxi company and Nissan is about to break the record for the world’s largest electric taxi fleet.

La Ciudad del Taxi announced a deal with Nissan for a total of 110 Nissan Leafs for Spain’s capital. That puts Madrid as the leading provider of electric taxis thus far. Each Leaf is equipped with a 30 kWh battery that provides more than a 25% increase in range compared to the first-generation Leaf.

With the order, Madrid passes Amsterdam, which has 100 Leaf taxis, for the world’s largest electric taxi fleet. Budapest ranks third with a total of 65 Leaf taxis on the road. It doesn’t look like the Leaf’s taxi expansion will end with Madrid.

Taxi Hochelaga of Canada plans to put 2,000 electric taxis in Montreal within in the next three years. While there’s no confirmation of what model taxi will hit the streets, the Leaf is a likely pick due to its incredible popularity, affordability, and reliability.

We here at James Ceranti Nissan are happy to offer environmentally friendly vehicles at affordable prices!

Nissan Leaf Mobile Power Supply System Being Tested

Nissan Leaf mobile power supply

Image is of 2014 Nissan Leaf.

With an electric vehicle, you typically have to use your house to charge your car, relying on your power plug-in to reload your car’s juice. But have you ever thought about using your electric car to charge your home?

That’s the vision Nissan has for the Leaf EV. By teaming up with energy provider ENEL, Nissan is launching a Vehicle 2 Grid system to turn the Leaf EV into a mobile power supply, as well as a Leaf-to-Home energy station in Japan.

A Nissan Leaf mobile power supply would be able to run a house, office, and entire power grid. Why would this be something that should interest Leaf owners? The idea is that owners could run their electrical utilities off the car’s 30kWh battery during peak hours when electricity is most expensive or limited.

This idea was conceived of by Nissan after Japan began limiting energy utilization following the 2011 tsunami. This would allow Leaf owners to conserve power and use it when they want to.

The price of the special charger device is speculated to be around $900, making it affordable for all Leaf owners. Unfortunately, this technology will take time before it spreads outside of test areas in Japan and Western Europe.

Renault-Nissan Install EV Charging Stations around Paris for COP21 Summit

Renault-Nissan and partners worked to install 90 new EV charging stations around Paris and in the city to prepare for the COP21 Climate Change Summit, which took place from the end of November to Friday, December 11.

Renault-Nissan partnered with a variety of organizations and companies in France including the Paris City Council, Aeroports de Paris, the national railway company SNCF, and two energy providers to encourage Parisians to consider electric vehicles and spread awareness about eco-friendly cars and the environmental harm of gas-powered vehicles.

The charging stations were used during the COP21 conference to charge the 200 electric shuttle buses that transported more than 20,000 delegates and participants from around the world. The stations are quick charging stations that recharge the battery from 0% to 80% in only half an hour.

Renault-Nissan partnered with energy providers who promised to provide clean solar, wind, and hydro energy rather than energy from burning fossil fuels. France is known for its low carbon emissions, producing a fraction as much carbon as the rest of Europe.

At James Ceranti Nissan, we’re excited to see what will be coming to the United States!

Nissan LEAF Earns Best Roomy Electric Vehicle Title

Nissan LEAF InteriorBy now, we’ve probably told you the story too many times to count—how the Nissan LEAF quickly shot up the sales charts immediately after its release, establishing itself as the best-selling EV and earning a reputation as one of the most popular offerings in the segment. It’s also proven to have remarkable staying power, something the Good Housekeeping Research Institute recently recognized.

The Institute named the LEAF the best Roomy Electric vehicle as part of the “Tried & Tested” series, thanks to features like its range, the Around View Monitor, and incentives that keep the car more affordable.

“As more than 64,000 American LEAF owners will tell you, the economics of going electric are simple: Buy a Nissan LEAF and save money by conveniently charging at home instead of paying more at the gas pump,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations, U.S. “But the real beauty of the Nissan LEAF is that it’s roomy and, best of all, fun to drive, which is why it received this honor from the Good Housekeeping Research Institute.”

If you’re looking to join the green revolution, remember that there is strength in numbers, and the Nissan LEAF has high numbers in more than just sales. It also features a 114 MPGe combined rating, can go 84 miles on a single charge, and seats up to five passengers very comfortably. Come in to James Ceranti Nissan to learn more.

Nissan LEAF Finally Reaching Profitability

Nissan LEAF

One thing we know for certain about automakers is that they know how to turn a profit. Or do they? Despite having just experienced 19 consecutive months of record sales, the Nissan LEAF is still not quite profitable.

That goes to show how far Nissan is willing to go to support clean and efficient driving. Since 2010, the automaker has sold over 64,000 LEAFs in the United States and around 140,000 globally. It’s produced in Japan, the UK, and the US, and has sold more than any other standard passenger electric vehicle in the world.

Finally, Nissan’s efforts are about to pay off—and more than just in terms of money. “We are getting there [to Leaf profitability],”said Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault-Nissan. “Are we amortizing and depreciating everything we have spent? No. But if you look at margin of profit – the direct cost of the car and the revenue of the car—we are getting into positive, which is good for this technology.”

Profitability means that Nissan and other automakers will have even more incentives to build and improve electric cars in the future. We look forward to it at James Ceranti Nissan!

Ever Wondered What it is Like to Own a Nissan LEAF?

Nissan LEAF

The “Think Green” mentality has caused many car owners to rethink the way they travel on a day-to-day basis.  Nissan offers consumers the solution to reducing drivers’ carbon footprints: the Nissan LEAF. However, it can be pretty daunting when deciding to go with an electric-only vehicle. There are many questions about switching to an electric-only vehicle that are probably going through your head this very minute.

However, there is comfort in this time of distress for anxious car buyers. Nissan is turning over a new leaf (get it…?) and they have now developed a new page on their website called the Nissan LEAF Q&A: Real Owners, Real Answers. This page allows real owners of the Nissan LEAF to answer common questions that consumers have about the switch to the electric-only option.

You can now read different viewpoints on topics such as cost, length of travel, daily charge routine, comfort and drive. There are a total of 44 common questions that consumers can look into. The amount of answers vary per topic, however, each has at least five answers to compare.

If you’re thinking about making the switch to an electric-only vehicle, we think that the Nissan LEAF is a great option. Come visit us and find out more!

Nissan LEAF Gets Self-Cleaning Paint Treatment

Nissan LEAF

The all-electric Nissan LEAF is already one of the cleanest vehicles around. It produces no emissions, it does the equivalent of 126 miles per gallon, and when you take into account the manufacturing process, it’s actually the cleanest production vehicle in the United States.

For Nissan, that wasn’t enough. In an effort to make the LEAF even cleaner, the automaker recently began developing a superhydrophobic and oleophobic paint called Ultra-Ever Dry, which it has been testing on the car at its technical center in Europe. This self-cleaning paint repels both water and oils from the surface.

Ultra-Ever Dry, which you can see in action in this demonstration video, successfully repels rain, spray, frost, sleet, and standing water. Though Nissan uses the term “self-cleaning car,” it would be more accurate to say that the car simply doesn’t get dirty.

“The 100 percent electric LEAF provides the perfect canvas for this new, advanced paint technology,” said Pierre Loing, Vice President, Product Planning, Nissan North America. “This is one LEAF that never has to stop at gas stations—not even for a car wash.”

Learn all about the LEAF at James Ceranti Nissan!

Nissan Starts No Charge to Charge Program

No Charge to Charge Program to Benefit LEAF Drivers in Select CitiesSwitching to an electric car will definitely save you money on gas; however, you still have to pay for the electricity required to charge your battery. Now, Nissan is offering a new No Charge to Charge program, which will give LEAF drivers in select markets access to four major charging networks for free!

Nissan has partnered with ChargePoint, Blink, AeroVironment, and NRG eVgo for this program. New LEAF buyers will get a single EZ-Charge card that will let them access all four networks across the country.

“‘No Charge to Charge’ and EZ-Charge are a winning combination, making public charging free and easy for new LEAF buyers,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing, in a press release. “Public charging is an important way to provide added range confidence to EV buyers and persuade more shoppers to join the more than 110,000 LEAF drivers around the world.”

There is one small catch, however. Currently, the program is only available in select cities, such as San Francisco, Phoenix, Nashville, and Portland. But, the program is expected to expand and add at least 15 more cities by the end of the year.

What do you think? Does access to free charging through the No Charge to Charge program make you feel more inclined to go electric? Here at James Ceranti Nissan we think this is an innovative and exciting program and hope to see it make its way across the country!

Nissan LEAF Claims Title as Cleanest Car from ASG

LEAF Named Cleanest Car by Automotive Science GroupFuel efficiency is not the only factor taken into consideration when determining the cleanest or greenest of cars. The Automotive Science Group (ASG) recognized this and sought to calculate which production model was truly the cleanest car in the United States. The ASG’s ultimate determination: the Nissan LEAF, which the organization named the cleanest overall vehicle in the United States.

ASG studied more than 1,300 cars (with at least four seats) across nine categories. They considered a wide range of factors including fuel efficiency, end-of-life processing, materials used in production, and more. ASG calls their calculations “wildly complex,” but the results are decidedly simple.

In the end, the Nissan LEAF reigned supreme. The LEAF being the cleanest car is not a huge surprise considering it produces zero emissions and has an 84-mile electric range. Nissan’s commitment to reducing its environmental impact is also clear in the manners through which they acquire the materials to make their EV and the methods through which they produce them.

The LEAF, which ASG put in the mid-size car category, also won the awards for Best All-Around Performance, Best 5 All-Around Performance, Best Environmental Performance, and Best Social Performance.

Here at James Ceranti Nissan we are so excited to see the LEAF doing well, both in sales, and in recognition from the automotive industry. Are you a LEAF driver and proud of it? Sound off!

Nissan Works with FedEx to Test the e-NV200 in U.S. Market

Nissan Works with FedEx to Test e-NV200's Delivery PotentialIs there anything better than receiving a much-anticipated package and getting it fast? How about knowing it was brought to you on the wheels of an all-electric vehicle leaving no carbon emissions in its wake? This will soon be the case for package recipients in the D.C. area as Nissan works with FedEx Express to test the Nissan e-NV200 for the first time in North America.

In this ideal partnership, both companies are committed to changing their impact on the environment for the better. This will be Nissan’s second globally-marketed, all-electric vehicle –the LEAF was the first.

Adding the e-NV200 compact commercial van to the FedEx Express lineup matches well with FedEx’s EarthSmart program, which is “designed to guide the company’s environmental commitment in the communities where it operates.”

Nissan Works with FedEx to Test e-NV200's Delivery PotentialInitially, as Nissan works with FedEx, field tests will incorporate the e-NV200 into the routine duties of a delivery vehicle with the goal of discerning its possible future in delivery.

“We’re eager to work with FedEx and other companies to put the e-NV200 through its paces to continue to build awareness of the capability of electric vehicles and to evaluate how well it meets the needs of the commercial consumer,” said Erik Gottfried, Nissan’s director of Electric Vehicle Sales and Marketing. “We’d also like to explore clever uses of EVs in work environments where carbon emissions of gas-powered vehicles make them impractical or impossible to use.”

Even though we at James Ceranti Nissan clearly don’t live near D.C., we’ll be shipping packages to our loved ones in the area in hopes they’ll arrive via Nissan’s e-NV200!