Nissan LEAF Innovates in New Vehicle-to-Grid Project

New Vehicle-to-Grid Project

Nissan continues to utilize the power of the NIssan LEAF to better the environment through the new vehicle-to-grid project.

When the Nissan LEAF debuted in 2010, it provided a revolutionary alternative to traditional gasoline in powering vehicles. We at James Ceranti Nissan are not surprised the automaker is now exploring the electric car battery’s potential to power more than the vehicle. The most recent endeavor is a new vehicle-to-grid project in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Defense and the California Energy Commission at the Los Angeles Air Force Base.

“As the global leader in electric vehicle sales, Nissan is researching ways to integrate the all-electric LEAF into homes, buildings and power grids to unlock new value that could provide future benefits to customers, businesses and utility companies alike,” said Toby Perry, marketing director for the Nissan LEAF. “With projects such as the Los Angeles Air Force Base fleet, Nissan can gather valuable insights to ensure that our vehicles are ready when similar programs are deployed by utilities or other entities on a larger scale.”

What does all of this research and data mean to LEAF owners? Added value. The ultimate goal of this endeavor is to lower the price of ownership for a new fleet of plug-in electric

vehicles. That’s always a good thing for consumers – and, if it makes green electric vehicles more popular – a good thing for the environment.

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 Smells a World with Zero Emissions

The Scent of Zero EmissionsCan you imagine what the world would smell like with zero emissions being produced? Nissan is serious about making that future a reality, so the company solicited the expertise of Dr. George Dodd to create a scent that would reflect that futuristic smell.

Dodd, a Master Perfumer and Aroma Academy Scientist, took long walks in the Scottish Highlands to invent the new scent infused with the smells of freshly-cut grass, myrtle oil, natural orange, and the “light as air” molecule.

While the scent hints at the clean future Nissan is seeking to create, it also elicits feelings of nostalgia.

Dodd said of his scent, “This bespoke, futuristic aroma embodies a palate of smell sensations that have never before existed together and represents a future Nissan is helping us drive towards.”

The scent is currently being created as a Christmas gift for LEAF customers and Nissan employees in Europe. It will be featured on a LEAF-shaped car freshener, a thank you for helping a zero emissions future seem closer to a reality.

We at James Ceranti Nissan think this scent may travel to the States eventually, at least we hope so. We can’t wait to smell the future.

Nissan Takes the Autonomous Drive LEAF to the Highway

Autonomous Drive LEAFWith the all-electric LEAF, Nissan became an industry-leader for electric vehicles. Nissan is once again a leader in the automotive world as its all-electric, autonomous LEAF took to Japan’s public highways for the first time last month.

Last year, the Autonomous Drive LEAF was the first vehicle to be issued a Japanese license (meaning we are now one step closer to the inevitable robot takeover), and they have been putting that license to good use ever since.

Not long ago, the fully-autonomous vehicle took Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, for a drive around the National Diet Front Garden.

Several days ago, the LEAF drove Kanagawa prefecture’s governor, Yuji Kuroiwa, on the Sagami Expressway near the “Sagami Robot Industry Special Zone.” The setting was fitting as other advanced-technology projects are being developed and tested in the area.

The vehicle merged onto the highway and reached speeds of 80 kilometers, which is about 50 miles per hour, passing slower moving cars.

The success of this test drive is further evidence of how close Nissan is to reaching its goal of bringing a fully autonomous vehicle to market in 2020.

What do you think about owning Nissan’s fully autonomous vehicle in the near future? Let us at James Ceranti Nissan know in the comments below.

See the Self-Driving Car in Action

Nissan LEAFLast month we blogged about Nissan’s promise to deliver market introduction of Autonomous Drive by 2020. Now, we are featuring a video clip from one of the very first public demonstrations of Nissan’s self-driving-car technology in Japan!

The demo is from Japan’s CEATEC (Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies) where companies come to strut their stuff in terms of technological, electronic, and IT developments and advancements. Last year, Nissan debuted self-parking technology; this year, the automaker outdid itself (and everyone else) with an all-electric LEAF equipped with Autonomous Drive and a large driving track on which it could be demonstrated and experienced.

With five cameras and five laser sensors, the self-driving LEAF was able to navigate the road at speeds of up to 45 mph, make turns at proper speeds, identify road markers, determine direction, move around a parked vehicle, and wow all in attendance.

Not surprisingly, Nissan’s Autonomous Drive technology took home the top CEATEC Innovation Award for 2013. We still have seven years to wait for Nissan’s estimated mastery of the self-driving car, but we couldn’t be more excited to go along for the ride and watch the technology grow. Be sure to watch the video below!

Self-Driving Nissans in 2020

Self-Driving NissansNissan is getting a lot of attention from auto industry fans and tech gurus alike with a recent announcement promising autonomous vehicles by 2020. Yes, it’s what it sounds like. Autonomous, as in self-driving. Self-driving, as in sit back, and enjoy the ride.

In a recent press release, Nissan guaranteed market introduction of Autonomous Drive technology by 2020. In the report, CEO Carlos Ghosn explains that Nissan’s confidence in meeting that deadline stems from success in establishing the LEAF as the world’s top-selling zero-emission EV. “Now I am committing to be ready to introduce a new ground-breaking technology, Autonomous Drive, by 2020, and we are on track to realize it,” Ghosn claimed.

Bearing in mind that over 90% of car accidents are the result of human error, the prospect of a self-driving vehicle is extremely attractive. Nissan’s press release illuminates the grim details, noting that more than six million crashes occur in the United States per year. In fact, car accidents are the leading killer of Americans from the ages of four to 34.

Therein lies Nissan’s motivation. As long as humans control cars, there will be collisions and accidents. No matter how hard we try, we’ll never be perfect. Nissan is planning to effectively reduce the necessary amount of input from the driver to help us stay safe on the road.

Nissan is currently working with the brilliant minds at MIT, Stanford, Oxford, and many other universities and institutions known for their technological prowess. According to the press release, testing grounds with real road conditions and geographic configurations are being constructed in Japan, and production and testing have been initialized to explore the strengths and limitations of current tech specs.

The future of transportation is right around the corner! Until then, we’ll keep driving our Nissans ourselves—come find the perfect one for you at James Ceranti Nissan!

Nissan Making More Hybrid Models

2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid

2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid

Rumors have been circulating lately that Nissan will be adding more of its models to the list of hybrids sometime around 2015. The latest to join the family will be the Rogue and the Murano. In the past, Nissan has shied away from hybrid vehicles, offering only the Altima, which is limited in production. But changes can be expected as Nissan plans to launch a total of 15 electric vehicles by 2016.

The Pathfinder Hybrid will go on sale this fall, kicking off these new hybrid endeavors for the automaker. There has also been talk of a different variation of the Altima Hybrid as well. The Pathfinder’s specifications may be mirrored in the release of the new Rogue and Murano, so look forward to a 2.5-liter supercharged engine, and a lithium-ion battery pack.

We haven’t heard word on the release date of the Murano, but the 2014 Nissan Rogue will be revealed September 10. Are you excited to see more options available in the Nissan lineup?

Nissan Skyline Races a Mobility Scooter

Nissan SkylineIt seems completely silly and pointless-and it is- but let’s just see what happens when a Nissan Skyline was to race the same kind of scooter your grandfather takes with him to the grocery store. Hoveround’s commercial does say it will take you anywhere! I bet they weren’t counting on this type of activity, though. If someone asked you to lay money on a bet between a car and a scooter, we’re pretty sure you’d pick the car. Unless of course, you knew this was going to be a funny YouTube video, then all bets are off.

This particular scooter did have a few upgrades, including a Suzuki GSX-600F engine to be fair. However, (spoilers ahead!) a car is much bigger and the scooter doesn’t take any trophies home on this one. All in all, we’re sure it’d be enough of a thrill for your grandpa to get his blood flowing, but not cause a heart attack. “The little engine that could” scooter puts up a great fight and even keeps the lead for most of the race. Guess you’ll have to decide for yourself who the real winner is!

2014 Nissan Versa Note

2014 Nissan Versa NoteWhen it comes to buying a new car, many people look at aspects like fuel economy, technology, comfort and or course the price. It may sounds like a dream come true, but the 2014 Nissan Versa Note excels in all of these areas, offering the latest technology and high comfort for passengers. Not only does the vehicle deliver the most competitive pricing, but it also provides best in-class fuel economy and the highest in-class interior volume.

The Versa Note will be offered in several different trim levels. The basic level, the Note S, included a 1.6-liter engine and 15-inch steel wheels. The Note S Plus adds the CVT, grille shutters and cruise control. The SV comes with Bluetooth, remote keyless entry, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The SV is also available with an SL or SL Tech package, each of which offer technology upgrades, like a pushbutton start and navigation touch-screen display.

The 2014 Nissan Versa Note will be available on our lot soon! Will you be coming to test drive one?

Nissan Global App

Nissan Global AppNew phones, new TVs, new gadgets and new ways to communicate. In a world full of technology, even car dealers have to keep up. That’s why Nissan Motor Co. has created this new mobile app called Nissan Global. It offers a variety of information about Nissan, from Nissan’s heritage collection to the latest news including new technology. The app also allows you to explore the Nissan world via stories and movies without ever leaving the comfort of your own home.

Keep up with Nissan social media with the “Latest News” tab, which will offer you access to the latest Nissan videos from around the world, distributed from the Nissan Global and Regional. The “Map” can provide you with Nissan related news specific to your location, just by tapping the world atlas. “Explorer” will give you the latest Nissan story. Type in a keyword or topic you would like to see more detail on to expand your knowledge on the subject.

Browse old pictures, learn new facts, and keep up with current Nissan news with the new Global app, available in the Apple App Store today.