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.

Six Must-See Historic Sites in Greenville, MS

In the heart of the Mississippi Delta, you’ll find our little town of Greenville. This small Southern city has a big history, which has been preserved over the years and can be explored on a sunny Saturday afternoon. If you want to experience the spirit of Greenville, visit these historic locations.

Cotton Row: Back when Mississippi used to be the home of cotton moguls who amassed large fortunes, this was a thriving merchant district. It still reflects the late 19th century architecture.

First National Bank: This Neoclassical building now housing the city’s court was the first federally chartered bank in the county.

Former Levee Board Complex: What was the city’s oldest commercial structure has been renovated into the Greenville Inn & Suites.

Mississippi Levee System: This towering structure runs along the downtown waterfront and revolutionized the area, making the Delta what it is today.

Mount Holly Plantation: Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Shelby Foote used to live in this gorgeous mansion which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Nelson Street District: For a century, this has been a thriving economic and cultural hub of the community, home to numerous iconic restaurants and stores.

Which of these historic sites in Greenville is your favorite?

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!

Tips for Packing Presents in the Car

packing presents in the car

Pack presents in your car like the pro with these tips!

Packing presents in the car is one of the most head-scratching parts of holiday travel, but there are easy and efficient ways to get it done. Follow these tips and make your holiday a little bit easier.

One of the best ways to save space is waiting to wrap the gifts until you get to your destination, but only do this if your hosts don’t mind you stealing a room for a couple hours to do your wrapping.

If you’d rather pack first, you’ll want to fit as much as you can in totes or laundry baskets, any hard plastic carrier that won’t get squished and fits in your trunk. This makes it a lot easier to carry the gifts to and from the house, and it also lets you pack inside without freezing your extremities off in the cold.

Put heavy things on the bottom, with flat packages on the sides of the tote and tall, thin boxes in corners. Gift bags can sit on top of the heavier boxes on the bottom, and extra gift bags that don’t fit in the totes can be shoved into crevices.

James Ceranti Nissan is wishing you safe travels and a happy holiday!

2016 Nissan Titan XD Picks Up The Truck Of Texas Award

Truck of Texas Award

Every year the Texas Auto Writers Association puts on what they call the Texas Truck Rodeo. Trucks are important to the culture of Texas, with its rich history of ranching and other vocations that require good, strong trucks. The event is a way to celebrate that culture by allowing the experts, i.e. the writers, the opportunity to choose the best trucks around.

Over two days, the participating trucks for that year are put through rigorous tests. The trucks have to endure both on-road and off-road challenges. When the dust cleared the 2015 Truck of Texas award went to the 2016 Nissan Titan XD.

There are so many innovative and superb features on the new Titan XD that it’s hard to know which ones helped it to win. Certainly, the XD’s Cummins® 5.0-liter V8 Turbo Diesel played a strategic role.

The 2015 Truck of Texas award wasn’t the only award that the 2016 Nissan Titan XD picked up. The full-size truck from Nissan also won the Luxury Pickup Truck of Texas, Off-Road Pickup Truck of Texas, and Best Powertrain awards.

5 Ways To Make Driving Fun Again

make driving fun

Remember when you first got your drivers license? You knew the power that driving gave you. It was a feeling of freedom, the thrill of knowing that so many adventures were now in your hands. Have you lost that? Here are five ways to make driving fun again!

# 1 – Podcasts. A fascinating or funny podcast can turn any mundane drive into a fun outing. The trick is to find podcasts that interest you? Are you a history buff? Do you like murder mysteries? You can find lots of cool podcasts here.

# 2 – Hypermiling. According to the very man who coined the term, hypermilers are people who strive to “to exceed their vehicle’s EPA fuel economy rating.” Prove those EPA dudes wrong by leaving the air-conditioner off, performing easy and gentle acceleration and braking, avoiding idling and driving slow. Get other tips here!

# 3 – Explore New Music. We spend a lot of time in our vehicles. With the advent of great music streaming services like Spotify, Pandora and Apple Music, coupled with smartphone integration like you find with NissanConnect, exploring new music has never been easier!

# 4 – Hit The Road. Nothing can make you feel young again and make driving enjoyable like taking a road trip. It doesn’t have to be halfway across the country either! Just make sure the scenery is nice and the destination is worth the drive.

# 5 – Drive A Cool Car. Like the Nissan Versa Note, for instance.

Nissan’s New Concept Car Designed for the Digital Generation

In its newest concept vehicle, Nissan defies all traditional senses of the car as we know it. Say goodbye to old-school knobs, buttons, and dials, and hello to touchscreens, everywhere.

Aimed at the “share native” generation of social media addicts who will get their drivers licenses after the year 2020, the super-futuristic concept car, called the “Teatro for Dayz,” features touchscreens on nearly every flat surface of the car’s interior. Designed to keep drivers and their passengers connected, entertained, and engaged, Nissan’s new concept car will be capable of logging into any number of social networks, displaying video content, and much more on the go.

The Teatro for Dayz concept is a boxy 0.66-liter, three-cylinder minicar designed to regain interest among young car buyers in the Japanese market, where minicars are increasingly popular, but interest in cars among the country’s youth is fading fast.

“We took very specific approaches in the planning of this car, focusing on the types of people who would never show any interest in cars no matter what we do,” Tatsuya Shiosaki, a Nissan advanced product planning manager said.

According to Bloomberg, we can expect to learn more about the concept during the Tokyo Motor Show beginning on October 30th.

The Teatro for Dayz concept car isn’t likely to hit our streets anytime soon, but here at James Ceranti Nissan, we want to know what you think. Is it a great way to re-engage a younger generation with cars, or distraction from the road? Tell us in the comments!

Prepare for Changing Seasons with Fall Car Care Month

Fall Car Care

October is Fall Car Care Month, reminding us to make regular maintenance and preventative maintenance a priority before winter settles in. To keep your vehicle operating at its best and avoid issues in the cold months ahead, add these basic car care items to your to-do list this month.

Check the battery. Check the connections to ensure they are clean, tight, and corrosion-free. Also have the battery tested, and replace it if needed.

Check the fluids.  Make sure to top off any fluids that are getting low (like windshield wiper fluid and antifreeze/coolant) and replace fluids that are dirty (like engine oil and brake fluid).

Have the brake and exhaust systems checked. Have the brake rotors, pads, innings, and drums inspected at each oil change. Also, before winter, have the exhaust system inspected for leaks and damage, which can prove dangerous.

Check the tires. Good tires are critical to safety in poor driving conditions. Snow, sleet, and rain can pose particularly hazardous driving conditions for worn, flat or over-inflated tires. We recommend opting for snow tires during the winter months, but at a minimum, make sure you have good all-season tires.

Check the wipers and lighting. Now that it’s getting darker earlier and the sun is coming up later, it’s time to make sure that you replace any burned-out light bulbs, both on the inside and outside of the car. Also be sure your wipers are in good condition, and replace the blades if needed.

For more information on Fall Car Care month, visit carcare.org.

Here at James Ceranti Nissan, we want to help you get your car ready for the changing seasons. Make an appointment today in honor of Fall Car Care Month!

Nissan Maxima Will Serve as the Lone Star Le Mans Race Official Safety Car

The Nissan Maxima is one of the safest vehicles on the road. Soon, it will be the safest vehicle on the racetrack as well.

According to a press release issued by Nissan, the Nissan Maxima will serve as the Lone Star Le Mans Race official safety car.

The Lone Star Le Mans race, hosted at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, is set to take place from September 17th to September 19th.

A modified Nissan Maxima will serve as the safety vehicle during the event. In order to complete its task, the Maxima has been outfitted with advanced equipment.

The Nissan Maxima also recently served as the safety vehicle at the Oak Tree Grand Prix, which ran from August 21st to August 23rd at the Virginia International Raceway.

Whether it’s during a high-speed chase or a gentle drive down the road, the Nissan Maxima is designed with safety in mind.

Nissan and the Tennessee Titans Support the Wounded Warrior Project

Wounded Warrior Project

Football players are often admired for their skill and talent. Now, there is an even more powerful reason to admire them: their charitable nature.

According to a press release from Nissan, the Tennessee Titans have teamed up with Nissan to support the Wounded Warrior Project.

The professional team recently donated $25,000 to the Project, which is a nonprofit initiative to help veterans that have been wounded in combat.

Nissan, meanwhile, has served as the official automotive partner for the Project, helping the organization in several other dimensions.

“It’s Nissan’s way of honoring the service of those who sacrifice so much for all of us, including their devoted family members,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president of Nissan sales & marketing and operations for Nissan North America, Inc.

Nissan is also the official partner of the Tennessee Titans. As per the agreement, the Titans stadium will be named after the automotive brand.

Together, these two titanic groups are giving back to veterans in a big way!