The Nissan LEAF has been one of the most innovative electric vehicles in history. It led the way for people all across the country being able to make the switch to an EV. Now, Nissan is working hard to make its electric technology even better with an innovative new design.
Nissan unveiled an electric test vehicle that is equipped with dual motors and all-wheel drive. This gives the model more control and more power. In fact, the prototype produces about 304 horsepower and 501 lb-ft of torque. In comparison, the LEAF Plus is rated at 214 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque.
Along with its innovative powertrain configuration, the prototype also features independent brake control with regenerative braking on the rear wheels. This helps give the vehicle smoother braking.
Redesigned Nissan LEAF details suggested that this prototype will not become a production vehicle; however, a lot of the technology used on this model will make an appearance on the “next generation of Nissan EVs,” according to company representatives. This could include a new LEAF, a production version of the Ariya concept, large sedans, or even sports cars.
The current second-generation LEAF has an EPA-estimated driving range of about 226 miles on a fully charged battery. This should be more than enough for daily driving and even some road trips. You can find new and pre-owned Nissan LEAF inventory here at James Ceranti Nissan.
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!
The Nissan glow in the dark LEAF was used to create the largest glow in the dark painting, which officially earned Nissan a Guinness World Record. The self portrait was brought to life by artist, Ian Cook, of Popbangcolour.
The painting itself shows off the front side of the Nissan LEAF. Cook had to strategically drive the LEAF in order to spread the glow in the dark paint all over the massive painting. Taking over 61 hours to create, the masterpiece took 60 liters of paint and measured 207.68 square meters upon completion.
A Guinness World Records judge was onsite throughout the duration of the painting and awarded the title to Nissan and Cook on March 20th. Cook said, “This has been one of the most challenging paintings I’ve ever been asked to create, but it looks fantastic. The full sized glow in the dark Nissan LEAF is one of the more extraordinary things that I have used as a painting tool.”
To check out and learn more about the amazing painting, click here!
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.
By 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.
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!
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!
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.”
When the Nissan LEAF debuted back in 2010, it made headlines for being one of the first electric cars. It’s long since been recognized for its impressive sales numbers and for its sterling zero emissions reputation. Because of its position as a pioneer of green technologies, the Nissan LEAF has boasted other awesome features since its inception that haven’t received the attention they deserve… the Carwings feature, for example.
Fun Fact: LEAF stands for Leading Environmentally-friendly Affordable Family car
Carwings was introduced alongside the LEAF back in 2010 as a telematics system that recorded and displayed information on the display screen about the vehicle and its efficiency ratings as compared to other LEAF drivers.
Now, the Carwings feature is stepping back into the spotlight that it deserves as Nissan has reported that it’s working on updates and improvements for the system, including smartphone integration. This research may allow future LEAF owners to remotely start charging their vehicle with the touch of their phone screen and have the ability to check its charge and find nearby charging stations.
Nissan is optimistic that the Carwings feature will eventually be able to communicate crucial things to the driver pertaining to the LEAF battery’s health. According to AutoblogGreen, Brian Brockman, a spokesman for Nissan North America, explained: “[Nissan] is always working to determine ways to offer more value to customers via telematics systems like Carwings.”
Stay updated here on the James Ceranti blog for more information about improvements to the Carwings feature and other Nissan news!
Last 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!