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.
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!
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.
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.
The LEAF is among the ranks of the best by earning an IHS Automotive Loyalty Award.
Since its debut, the Nissan LEAF has captured the hearts of customers and the acclaim of critics. The award-winning electric vehicle was most recently named the best Non-Luxury Traditional Compact Car on the annual list of IHS Automotive Loyalty Awards.
The LEAF flew solo as the only plug-in vehicle to receive an IHS Loyalty Award.
“Since entering the market in 2010, the Nissan LEAF has steadily gained supporters throughout the U.S.,” said Toby Perry, Nissan LEAF director of marketing. “While the majority of original buyers were electric vehicle enthusiasts, we’re now seeing more and more ‘regular’ car buyers fall in love with LEAF because of its many financial benefits, fun-to-drive nature and roomy interior. Our LEAF fans are some of the most loyal customers in the world, and we’re thrilled to see that validated with this IHS award.”
As proof of the LEAF’s popularity among EV owners, the vehicle became the first electric plug-in to surpass 30,000 sales in a single year.
With its efficiency, distinctive styling, spacious interior, and affordable price, it’s easy to see why so many LEAF owners in search of a new vehicle have chosen to purchase or lease another LEAF.
Contact us here at James Ceranti Nissan for more information on the vehicle that keeps owners coming back.
It’s not easy being green, or is it? For Nissan, a lot of hard work has led up to this point, but the mindset behind the company is easy to understand: reduce our impact on the environment. Nissan was ranked fifth overall out of 50 brands that were selected, based on environmental practices and customers’ perceptions. The Motor Company also moved up 16 positions from last year, making it the “top riser” on this year’s Interbrand report.
Automotive brands took 4 of the top 5 spots this year. This is only Nissan’s second time in the top 10 on Interbrand’s list. Nissan has been noted for its leadership in the field of zero emissions mobility, starring the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle. The Leaf helped create a new positive perception of the auto brand and sparked interest in eco-friendly vehicles. Nissan continues this research through a partnership with Daimler and Ford for the development of fuel-cell cars by the year 2017. With over 65,000 Leafs sold as of May 2013, it can be named as that best-selling EV in history.
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.
This holiday season, James Ceranti Nissan is giving away the best present we can—great savings on great vehicles with the Season to Save Event. The sale lasts through the end of November.
As far as Nissan’s renowned cars go, the deals range from a variety of cash back options, discounted prices, and low or 0% APR for a series of months. Some of the cars taking part in this Season to Save sales event include the Versa Sedan and Versa Hatchback, the Altima and the Altima Coupe, the Cube, the Maxima, and the Sentra.
Crossovers and SUVs are also joining in the savings celebration. With prices the lowest they’ve ever been and low or 0% APR, the deals have never been hotter. Eligible crossovers include the Murano and the Murano CrossCabriolet, the JUKE, and the Rogue. Discounted SUVs are the Xterra, the Armada, and the Pathfinder. Just in time for holiday travel, Nissan’s celebrated minivan, the Quest, is also offered with great savings on price and 0% APR for 36 months, as well as cash back.
Interested drivers are encouraged to visit James Ceranti Nissan in Greenville. Visit our dealership online at www.jamescerantinissan.net for complete offer details.
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.