The new Nissan LEAF is still a ways off, as early reports think it will hit the market as a 2017 model. However, several unnamed sources have stated that before we actually see the next-generation LEAF, the current model will receive a better battery option. The updated Nissan Leaf would thus have a greater range and be more practical for even more customers.
Here at James Ceranti Nissan, we think it’s a great strategy to attract new customers to the EV nameplate, or to simply keep customers loyal to the model as well. Nissan itself, however, is playing things pretty close to the vest. “We have made no public announcement about the 2016 Nissan LEAF,” Nissan spokesman Brian Brockman said. “We do not comment on future product details.”
If the rumors are true, though, it means the updated LEAF would be powered by a 30-kilowatt-hour battery. The current model has a 24-kilowatt-hour battery which is good for an 84 mile range on single charge, but the new LEAF should be able to go 105 miles on a single charge instead. Come see us today to learn more or to check out the current LEAF model as well!
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!
We’re five years into battery powered vehicles, and it’s time for a checkup. The Nissan LEAF is the world’s bestselling electric car with over 165,000 sold. Powered by a battery, one of the many worries is the high cost that comes with having to replace a battery. Nissan checked in on their battery-powered LEAF’s in Europe and came to an astounding conclusion.
Of the 35,000 LEAF sales in Europe, a grand total of three had a battery power unit failure. Yes, three. That’s 0.01% of all sales, meaning that Nissan LEAF batteries are 99.99% reliable. That’s a mere fraction of the industry-wide defects in normal car engines.
“The facts speak for themselves. The rate of battery faults in our vehicles is negligible, even the most ardent critic cannot argue with that,” said Jean-Pierre Diernaz, Director of Electric Vehicles, Nissan Europe.
LEAF sales haven’t dropped off – in fact, it seems they’ve just begun. Last year the LEAF saw a 33% sales increase over 2013, taking over 25% of the electric car market with over 15,000 sales. Added bonus: the LEAF is 40% cheaper to maintain as well, with only three onboard components.
“The battery technology is just part of our success story. With over 165,000 customers globally, it’s clear that we’re not the only people who are thrilled by the success of this state-of-the-art technology,” said Diernaz.
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.
Brilliant minds think alike. In this case, those brilliant minds are inventor, Hamish Scott, and the collective mind of automaker of Nissan. These are clearly the kind of people that sit around thinking about how to make products that are not only highly useful and relevant but also make for a greener world.
Hamish Scott is responsible for STARPATH. A press release from Nissan describes this incredible invention as a “spray-applied coating that absorbs UV energy during the day so that it glows for between eight and 10 hours when the sun goes down.” This coating is made up of “entirely organic compounds,” making it unique in the glowing paint market.
Of course, Nissan is responsible for the Nissan LEAF, an all-electric, zero-emission compact hatchback. In an effort to combine the two awesome innovations, the automaker recently coated one of their LEAFs with Scott’s glow-in-the-dark organic coating. Watch a video of the LEAF in glow-in-the-dark paint above!
Nissan says that if their paint was made available on the commercial market, it would last 25 years. For now, they’re using this unique paint as a means to show off the fact the LEAF is so cheap to operate: LEAF owners are using the leftover cash to invest in various green technologies, such as solar panels and glow-in-the-dark paint.
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.
Atlanta has embraced the EV way of life and will now get No Charge to Charge Program for Nissan LEAF owners.
One of the main reasons many consumers avoid purchasing the Nissan LEAF is because of the lack of charging stations in their area. Now though, going green is a whole lot easier for many consumers in Atlanta, after Nissan joined forces with NRG Energy to expand the southern city’s network of fast chargers.
“Atlanta drivers have embraced cleaner, more efficient vehicle to make their city one of the fastest growing EV markets in the country,” said Arun Banskota, President of NRG eVgo. “Combining Atlanta’s enthusiasm for driving electric with the range of confidence of a fast charging infrastructure will create an unbeatable combination that sets the stage for further EV adoption across the metro area and country.”
As part of this new partnership, called the No Charge to Charge program, Nissan LEAF owners and lessees will receive free charging at the eVgo stations for free for the first two years. Currently, this program is up and running in Texas, Phoenix, Nashville, Washington, D.C., and the Pacific Northwest.
If you’re interested in seeing whether the No Charge to Charge program is happening near you, contact James Ceranti Nissan today!
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.