Nissan has been one of the most vocal advocates for lowering the cost of electric vehicles, and now it may get its wish. The Nissan-Renault alliance is welcoming Mitsubishi into its fold, effectively increasing the range of vehicles it has to work with. Reports indicate that all three brands will use Nissan’s electric platform as the underpinning for all electric vehicles.
By sharing an electric vehicle platform, Nissan hopes to see the price of electric vehicles drop by 20%. Currently, the most affordable electric vehicle is the Mitsubishi i-MiEV at just under $23,000. By comparison, many gas-powered cars are much cheaper.
Renault and Nissan previously struggled to reach their desired price drop as they developed electric vehicles separately. Now, with Mitsubishi on board, the alliance plans to share the platform of the Nissan Leaf. They’ll also share the battery, motor and inverters in an effort to further save money.
A redesigned Nissan Leaf is expected to hit the market during 2018, which makes that the prime year for any major changes. The drive to create more affordable electric cars is on, and Nissan is leading the charge for greener roads.
We at 171 Nissan can’t wait to see how the alliance shapes the future of the electric vehicle segment!
The Nissan Leaf is one of the world’s best electric cars and the top model by sales alone. Considering electric cars are still young in the automotive industry, the question of what to do with the old batteries weighed on eco-friendly drivers’ minds. It looks like Nissan has the answer, and it’s one that Leaf drivers will support wholeheartedly.
By teaming up with power-management company Eaton, Nissan is providing Nissan Leaf batteries to Webaxys, a data storage center located in Normandy, France. The batteries will store renewable energy that will then power the data center.
Up to 2% of the world’s total energy usage comes from data centers and that number is rising. In 2015, data centers used more energy than the entirety of the United Kingdom. Running a stable data center on renewable energy alone is still a little ways off as the center is sensitive to outages but it’s certainly a start.
“By combining Nissan’s expertize in vehicle design and reliable battery technology with Eaton’s leadership in power quality and electronics, we hope to demonstrate that data centre energy management can be stable, sustainable and cost efficient in the near future,” said Gareth Dunsmore, director of electric vehicles at Nissan Europe.
We here at 171 Nissan are happy to see such powerful batteries repurposed to help make the world a better place to live![Top]
The Nissan Leaf has been one of the most popular vehicles on the market ever since it was first introduced in 2010, but now, Nissan can officially announce an enormous milestone.
Nissan has sold more than 200,000 Nissan Leaf models globally. Breaking it down, about 90,000 of those Nissan Leaf models were sold in the United States alone, while about 50,000 more were sold in Europe. That’s an outstanding number of LEAF models sold in just 5 years! If we break the numbers down that about 40,000 Nissan LEAF’s sold each year!
Thanks to the innovative design of this environmentally conscious vehicle – which gets an MPGe of 126 in the city and 101 on the highway – this sales figure translates to 330,000 tons of carbon-monoxide not emitted. So these high numbers are great for Nissan and even better for the environment.
It’s safe to assume that the stellar Nissan Leaf sales will continue throughout the coming years, as the 2016 Nissan Leaf is more fuel-efficient, powerful, and feature-heavy than ever, on the heels of a 2015 model that earned numerous awards and titles.
Want to learn more about the Nissan Leaf? Visit us anytime at 171 Nissan to take one out on a test drive![Top]
Recently, Nissan posted a vague press release accompanied by a dimly lit photograph as a teaser for a new concept debuting at the Tokyo Auto Show. This new Nissan electric car concept is described as part of the company’s “future vision of car intelligence and electrification.” The information that the concept will be electric has led many to believe this is the unveiling of the next-generation Leaf.
The first hint that the concept is an all-new Leaf comes from the fact that the released teaser picture has the front of the car illuminated in blue light, which is a recurring motif with the Nissan Leaf. The overall styling of the car, however, is similar to the new Nissan Maxima, with a V-motion grille and flared-out wheel arches.
If the vehicle is not a Leaf, however, that means Nissan will have a second all-electric vehicle joining the Leaf in its lineup. However, after several mid-cycle upgrades and refreshes including a better battery range for the 2015 model year, the Nissan Leaf is long overdue for a new generation. The Nissan electric car concept could be exactly that. Tell us at 171 Nissan what you think of the new Nissan Electric Teaser in the comment below![Top]
At the recent Frankfurt Motor Show, Nissan showed off a possible future for the compact crossover segment—the Nissan Gripz Concept. This sporty crossover is designed with a new, younger generation in mind and exudes excitement and adventure from every angle.
The Gripz Concept is meant to be both an urban traveler and a weekend adventurer. The design has a similar footprint to a compact crossover, but its profile has a raised ride height and looks more like a sports car.
Designers were inspired by Nissan’s first “crossover,” the Safari Rally-winning Nissan 240Z from the 1970s. These racers had a raised ride height, tough suspension system, and a matte-black finish on the hood and trunk. They were both fast and athletic, and tackled the rough African terrain with ease.
Now, the Gripz takes this idea into the modern world by adding EV technology for a hybrid drivetrain. It will use the same electric motor used by the Nissan LEAF combined with an efficient gasoline engine. This combination delivers smooth and quick acceleration with excellent efficiency.
What features from the Nissan Gripz Concept would you love to see in a production model in the future? Tell us your thoughts here at 171 Nissan in the comment section below![Top]
After seeing a huge jump in their quarterly profit from October to December, Nissan actually raised their earnings forecast for the fiscal year, which looks to be a successful year for the Japanese auto company.
In fact, their quarterly profit increased by an astonishing 21 percent, which many are citing as a result of the cheap yen. This has seriously impacted sales overseas. U.S. sales are reportedly strong as well, particularly that of the Rogue and Altima.
Nissan now expects to earn about $3.5 billion in profit this fiscal year through March, whereas previously, they were only expecting to achieve around $3.4 billion. Those numbers are pretty close, but you have to remember – we’re talking about billions here.
Weak yen aside, Nissan’s spectacular sales are also due in part to their positive association with electric cars, like the Nissan Leaf. Though sales of the Leaf are still low compared to more conventional models, it remains one of the most popular electric cars in the world.
It’s no surprise that the Nissan earnings forecast have raised, and perhaps, it could even get pushed higher as their winning streak continues.[Top]
Nissan LEAF sales continued to be the envy of every competing automaker as the plug-in EV shattered yet another sales record, with 30,200 LEAF vehicles sold in 2014—the most of any plug-in EV and the first time any plug-in has sold more than 30,000 units in a single year.
This new record was punctuated by incredible growth. Nissan sold 3,102 LEAFs last December, up 22.7% from last year and setting a new record. It seems as though every month we sell more LEAF’s than the last at 171 Nissan.
And it’s no small wonder. With MPG ratings of 126 city, 101 highway, and 114 combined, the LEAF has exceptionally low operating costs—and with the available $7,500 federal tax credit, even the starting cost is a bargain!
“From the beginning our vision was to bring electric vehicles to the mass market in a practical and fun-to-drive package,” said Brendan Jones, director of Nissan Electric Vehicle Sales and Infrastructure, “which is what makes Nissan LEAF the best-selling electric car in the world.”[Top]
If you own a Nissan LEAF, you are part of a global movement which started in 2010 when the company first introduced the world to its electric car. Now, just four years later, the Nissan LEAF is the best-selling electric vehicle in history.
To celebrate the more than 100,000 cars sold, 50,000 of which were sold in the US alone, Nissan is running the “Real Owners, Real Answers” campaign. As you probably figured out from the title of the campaign, it will feature the actual answers of actual Nissan LEAF owners; obtained through a crowd-sourcing effort and a dynamic website.
If you go to the website, you can see various questions that have been posted, such as “Why Did You Choose the LEAF over Other Vehicles?” and “Have You Saved Money Driving Your Nissan LEAF?” You can even watch an amazing video on using a Volcano to charge your Nissan LEAF. Then by clicking the questions you can see a list of how people genuinely responded. It is a very interesting way to get peoples’ opinions on the LEAF and allows them to feel a since of ownership of the brand they’ve come to love.
With the Nissan Leaf reportedly saving an estimated $28 million in gas costs, since 2010, what’s not to love? Join the movement for yourself and purchase an all-electric Nissan Leaf. Then you too can participate as one of the actual Nissan LEAF owners in the “Real Owners, Real Answers” campaign.[Top]
Seeing as February is missing two to three days compared to the rest of the months, we at 171 Nissan often wait with bated breath for the month’s sales reports — how did we do with fewer days to reach our goals? This year, however, we exhaled triumphantly when Nissan Group released the numbers. Selling over 105,000 vehicles, Nissan broke February sales records. What were we worried about?
With 105, 631 units sold, last month’s sales increased 16.7 percent over the numbers reported for the same period last year.
Sales were led by the ever-popular Nissan Altima and the all-new 2014 Rogue, which has only been on the market for three full months. Combined, the two models accounted for more than 48,000 vehicles with new owners.
The two weren’t the only stars in Nissan’s diverse lineup, however. Both the all-electric LEAF and Frontier jumped in sales by over 100 percent; and the trendy Juke saw sales rise 83.7 percent to record the best sales seen during any month.
Now that we’ve made it through the shortest month of the year, we’re excited to see how sales improve when we have a few more days in the month.[Top]
These days everyone is trying to save the environment and become a little “greener” in their lives. What if you could also be greener on the road? Well, the 2014 Nissan LEAF will help you do just that. The Automotive Science Group (ASG) has named this vehicle the cleanest battery-powered vehicle in the US.
The ASG tested more than 1,300 vehicles in order to find the cleanest and greenest car around. The LEAF has an 84-mile single-charge range with an EPA Estimated 126 city/101 highway mpg. According to the ASG, in order to determine the rankings, they used “a unique combination of vehicle data inputs that include conventional specifications as well as ground-breaking social, environmental and economic performance indicators.”
There are many ways to become cleaner and greener in the environment, but not many people think to use their vehicle to clean it up. Come out to 171 Nissan in DeRidder, LA and we will show you just how clean the 2014 Nissan LEAF can be. Also, don’t forget to browse our inventory online and contact us with any questions you may have.[Top]