Long gone are the days of $.30 gas, and full service stations. Nowadays, you’ll be lucky to fill your tank for under $3.50 a gallon! But the future of fuel in here, and Nissan talks a bit about new charging stations for Electric Vehicles.
In 97 years, Charlie Yaeger has driven everything from a Ford Model T to a Nissan Maxima, but his most recent vehicle is the new Nissan Leaf. Yaeger says it wasn’t as easy driving 80 years ago as it is today. Gas stations weren’t as common, and most drivers had to memorize their locations. It was also much more common to blow out tires on gravelly roads.
“You had to pretty well memorize where gas stations were and where you could get off the road and have a chance of getting back on after you repaired the tire,” he said. The only “super highway” at the time was the 60-mile concrete highway between Chicago and Danville, IL. It only had two 12-foot lanes of concrete with no shoulder.
All these years later, history is slowly repeating itself. Because Nissan has sold more than 50,000 Leafs worldwide, the need for EV charging infrastructure is growing. To make the gas-to-electricity transition easier, smart phones show EV drivers where to charge.
Check out this video below to see the full interview with Charlie Yaeger.
Solveig Marie Ødegård of Norway recently made history when she decided she had to learn to drive. The young mother attended a local driving school, took driving lessons, and passed her driving test, all in a Nissan LEAF. As a result, Solveig Marie has never in her life driven a vehicles powered by a diesel or gas engine. This makes her the first person on record to have all of her driving experience in an electric vehicle.
“There will come a time – five, ten, 15 years down the track – when every new driver will have driven only an electric vehicle,” said Nissan Executive Vice President Andy Palmer.
“First I looked at this (learning to drive) as a duty, since someone in this family needed to be able to drive. However from the first moment I got into the car I discovered that it was incredible fun. So much fun that I almost felt ashamed for enjoying myself,” said Solveig Marie.
Now that she is as licensed driver, any guesses to what kind of car Solveig Marie bought? Of course she went to her Nissan dealer and got a brand new LEAF of her very own.
The Nissan LEAF electric vehicle recently accomplished a feat that deserves mentioning. Since its introduction in December 2010, LEAF owners combined have driven the zero-emission vehicle over 100 million electric miles.
Most of those miles have been driven state-side; the total number of miles driven by LEAF owners in the US is over 61 million. The average charging time of this all-electric vehicle is 2 hours on a level 2 charger and the average daily commute of US LEAF owners is 29.52 miles.
The Nissan LEAF is kind to the environment and loaded with standard features. Comfort and convenience features include satellite radio, an MP3 player, keyless start, a trip computer, variable speed intermittent wipers, a navigation system, and climate control. Its spacious front seat offers more room than you might expect. As a 2012 IIHS Top Safety Pick, LEAF earned a rating of ‘good’, the highest rating possible, in all four test performed on it.
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Nissan’s The Big Turn On campaign in Europe reached its goal of getting one million people ‘turned on’ to electric vehicles 15 days ahead of schedule. Initially the automaker hoped to reach the goal in 100 days, but the public responded so well to the social media ‘call to action’ that the milestone was reached earlier than anticipated on June 21st.
The purpose of the campaign is to encourage drivers to consider the benefits of zero-emission driving. In addition, The Big Turn On is showing drivers that the Nissan LEAF is environmentally friendly, extremely safe, and economical to run. The campaign is targeting drivers from France, Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK.
The campaign has also created interest from the prizes it offers. The city with the most drivers turned on to electric vehicles at the end of the campaign will be given 30 Nissan Quick Chargers. The individual who encourages the most people to take part in The Big Turn On campaign will win their own Nissan LEAF.
“We are delighted to have hit one million ‘turn ons’ ahead of schedule,” said Paul Willcox, Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing, Nissan in Europe. “It shows that more and more people are realizing that cars like Nissan LEAF are a real alternative. While Nissan might have reached its target early, The Big Turn On will continue to spread the word about the 100% electric LEAF.”
New York City’s next-generation cab is getting closer and closer to its debut in the Big Apple.
The Taxi of Tomorrow project by Nissan provides a groundbreaking model to help make the streets of New York a bit more environmentally friendly. The cab is based on Nissan’s NV200 van, providing an array of comfort and safety features for passengers. When the NV200 Taxi is deployed across the entire taxi fleet, five square acres of space will be freed up on city streets.
The Taxi of Tomorrow has the ability to be manufactured with fully electric power, making fuel efficiency optimum. This equates to lower fares for passengers as the lower costs imposed on taxi drivers will help reduce the need for future fare increases.
Nissan’s Taxi of Tomorrow is set to debut on the streets on New York in October 2013.
The 2012 Nissan Leaf, Nissan’s 100% electric car, is now available nationwide. This compact car does not require gas; in fact it doesn’t even have a tailpipe. The Nissan Leaf can go about 100 miles per charge in city driving conditions and can reach speeds up to 90 miles per hour.
In addition to advanced technology on the outside, the interior of the 2012 Nissan Leaf features several conveniences. Nissan push button start, automatic temperature control, trip computer, Bluetooth hands free phone system, and heated seats are just a few of the amenities available on the 2012 Nissan Leaf.
To encourage drivers to go green, there are rebates and incentives to those drivers who purchase the 2012 Nissan Leaf. Federal incentives include an income tax credit of $0-$7,500 for the purchase of a new qualified plug-in electric drive motor vehicle. Other incentives and rebates vary by state. Stop by James Ceranti Nissan today for details.
FedEx will be utilizing Nissan’s zero-emission, all-electric delivery van prototype, the NV200 EV, in London for deliveries during a vehicle testing experiment. FedEx and Nissan will work together over the next 60 days to analyze how the electric vehicle is performing under the city and work conditions.
Nissan took the engineering of the 100% electric LEAF and used the powertrain and battery on the NV200 EV.
“Zero-emission vehicles like Nissan LEAF are already playing an increasingly significant environmental role in our towns and cities. The Nissan NV200 EV prototype delivery vehicle will not only improve the quality of urban life, but thanks to best in class running costs has great potential to ease the economic burdens placed on companies,” said Nissan Corporate Vice President Hideto Murakami, responsible for the Global LCV Business Unit, “FedEx Express feedback from the evaluation process will help us tailor a future battery-powered light commercial Nissan vehicle that meets customer needs.”
Nissan is excited to bring the zero-emissions technology to light commercial vehicles and business-to-business markets as it strives to become the global leader for electric-vehicles. Nissan will be holding additional trails throughout the year of 2012 to get a true picture of the NV200 EV.
FedEx currently is using 43 all-electric vehicles in daily use in cities across the globe including London, Paris, New York, LA, Chicago and more!