Last month, Nissan unveiled its newest electric vehicle concept, the Ariya, at the Tokyo Motor Show. According to reports, the new Nissan electric vehicle concept could make it into production as early as late 2021.
The Ariya will be the first real electric crossover SUV in the industry. Electric batteries are heavy so manufacturers have stuck to either making small, light cars to counter the weight or big heavy vehicles that can handle the extra poundage. This is the first small SUV with purely electric capabilities, and small crossover SUVs are what Americans want most right now.
The new Nissan will carry a dual electric motor that will add extra power and performance as well as all-wheel drive capabilities. That means a sportier ride, being able to go 0 to 60 in five seconds, while being able to go over 300 miles on a single charge, more than the current Nissan EV, the Leaf. That would put the Ariya in direct competition with Tesla models when it comes to range.
The size is practical, with interior space similar to the Murano. Inside, you’ll find features like a 12.3 horizontal touch-screen display, smartphone recognition features, and Nissan’s ProPilot driver assistance system.
While the Ariya’s future is not yet set in stone, the Nissan Leaf has been a hit in the U.S. since its introduction at the beginning of the decade. Come see Nissan’s lineup today at James Ceranti Nissan.
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!
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!
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.