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.
When customers ask us about Around View Monitor (AVM) technology here at James Ceranti Nissan, we usually explain how its ability to provide a virtual 360-degree overview of a car can be useful in parking situations and how it can help avoid reversing into pedestrians.
Turns out, we’ve been going about it all wrong. What we should have been saying is that this technology is so good, it’s being used in deep sea exploration.
That’s right—Nissan is providing AVM tech to the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology and to Topy Industries, as part of a joint development project that will send robots scouring the bottom of the sea.
These robots will be equipped with Nissan’s technology to improve the efficiency of undersea searches by avoiding obstacles on the seabed with better real-time situational awareness—just like on the road, except for all the water!
We know this feeling all too well: your car is packed so full of cargo or passengers, your rear view mirror is rendered useless. This can make driving conditions a little more precarious, especially if you have to reverse. Nissan has come up with a simple, yet ingenious solution for this common problem, the Smart Rear View Mirror.
Nissan’s Smart Rear View Mirror works with a rear view camera attached to the back window. The driver can then toggle between the standard mirror and the camera view, which is aligned precisely to display what you normally see in the mirror, minus the obstructions.
Check out the video below to see this innovative tech in action!
Japan will be the first country to get this new technology which is expected to be ready sometime next year. And, it should make its way to our shores sometime in the near future as well.
We love that Nissan is always looking for ways to improve the driving experience for its customers. The carmaker has established a reputation for innovation, and Nissan isn’t slowing down anytime soon.
Which new Nissan would you love to have a Smart Rear View Mirror?
Tire pressure gauges too confusing to figure out? Never sure just when to put more air in your tires? Had more flats than a shoe store? Thankfully, James Ceranti Nissan has a solution—Nissan’s all-new Easy Fill Tire Alert.
The Easy Fill Tire Alert system was just named one of six finalists by AOL Auto for the 2012 Technology of the Year Award. The winner will be announced January 9, 2013 at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. We at James Ceranti Nissan are feeling confident about the chances for the Easy Fill Tire Alert.
So what makes the Easy Fill Tire Alert so incredible? The system uses tire pressure monitoring sensors that will alert you as soon as your tire pressure drops below a safe level. This is very important as so many drivers unknowingly drive at dangerous pressure levels, which makes them much more likely to get into an accident. Once you stop to put more air into the low tire(s), the system will activate four-way flashers that indicate that a tire is being filled. When the tire has reached the appropriate level, the car will honk. If for some odd reason you persist, the car will keep honking to let you know you’ve filled it too high, and then as you release air, it will honk again to let you know you’ve reached the right level.
The technology is really ingenious. For 2013, Nissan plans to add the system to the Nissan Altima, the Quest minivan, the all-new Pathfinder three-row SUV, and the Sentra sedan. We expect it will make its way into all Nissan and Infiniti vehicles in the coming years. Find this technology now in some 2013 Nissan vehicles at James Ceranti Nissan, www.jamescerantinissan.net.
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.”
Nissan will be putting their new racing vehicle, the DeltaWing, on the big stage with a full film documentary about the design and build of the vehicle. Just as they did with the Juke-R last year, Nissan will be having episodes surrounding the development of the DeltaWing.
The new film series will have a new episode around every two weeks leading up to the Le Mans in June. A complete TV documentary will follow the Le Mans race. A film crew has followed DeltaWing designer Ben Bowlby and his team as the racing machine was built including the engine being developed.
Ben Bowlby said, “We’ve had the Nissan film crew following our every move throughout the development of the car over the past few months and this will give the fans a great insight into the creation of the Nissan DeltaWing. It was a bit strange at first to have a camera poked under our nose all the time but, after a while, the guys really felt like part of the team.
The first episode is based around the DeltaWing getting prepped for the wind tunnel. The aerodynamic results from the wind tunnel test will determine if the DeltaWing is designed to be a success or failure. Enjoy!
For the past twenty five years, Nissan has analyzed and worked at developing technology and vehicles that would withstand crashes better. The passive approach focused on better material selection, vehicle design, and use of airbags to mitigate damage in crashes.
Now Nissan is looking towards preventative technology to help avoid collisions all together. With the Nissan Safety Shield, Nissan has taken major steps in creating new technology to assist drivers in avoiding accidents.
Watch and enjoy Nissan’s Bob Yakushi talking about the future of Nissan’s safety technology and driving in the future.
As one of the leaders in the crossover industry, Nissan is constantly updating designs and making their vehicles better in a new dimension to stay ahead of the competition. Nissan has developed a new crossover concept vehicle that they will reveal to the world at the Geneva Motor Show March 6, 2012. The new Hi-Cross concept vehicle will be Nissan’s latest crossover concept.
The Nissan Hi-Cross Concept will be unveiled on March 6 at the Nissan booth at 9:30am. Other than that, details are very scarce about the Hi-Cross concept as Nissan is keeping those details tight to the chest. Visitors will also be treated to the Nissan Invitation concept, a new Nissan hatchback concept that will also be at the show.
Even though details are few and far between, Nissan did release a video teaser to give a brief glimpse of what the Hi-Cross concept is going to look like. Watch and enjoy!
The zero-emissions Nissan LEAF has been a breakthrough vehicle in the auto industry, changing how we drive on a daily basis. But what about the winter? Electricity and winter don’t mix well together so how can the Nissan LEAF perform in the cold?
Japan journalists wanted to answer this question themselves and took the LEAF out and braved the freezing cold and snow to show what the LEAF could do. Taking it to Northern Japan on three snow courses should do the trick. Enjoy this great video of how the LEAF performed as a winter vehicle!
Nissan released its latest model and it’s the farthest thing from a car, they’ve designed an iPhone case. Nissan has created the world’s first self-repairing iPhone case. Loaded with automotive technology from Nissan, the case is designed to be able to repair itself if scratches occur.
The case features Nissan’s self-healing paint finish. Nissan developed the paint back in 2005. Considering iPhones are prone to scratches from everyday use, the new paint technology seemed like a no brainer. The outer paint heals itself because the paint is made from polyrotaxane. When a scratch occurs, the chemical structure reacts to put itself in its original state so the paint looks normal again, thus healing itself.
The Nissan Scratch Shield iPhone case paint also has more of a gel feel than gloss which gives a better grip which leads to better protection of the phone. Nissan constructed the case with ABS plastic, a high grade plastic used in the automotive industry that allows the case to be extra rigid and fit tighter.
The case is a prototype right now that is going through extensive testing. If the case passes quality testing, Nissan looks to sell the case by the end of the year.