Nissan delivers 4000 Leaf EVs, starts “Drive Electric Tour

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 11, 2011

As part of its “Drive Electric Tour,” Nissan North America Inc. is performing test drives of the all-electric Nissan LEAF to 26 cities in the United States. The second phase tour starts today in Long Island, N.Y., on the heels of the vehicle model achieving the 4,000 U.S. deliveries milestone.

The company is resuming the tour with a mix of new cities and return stops because of the increasing U.S.-wide enthusiasm for the vehicle model, which is the first and only all-electric, zero-emission car available to the mass market.

The company has delivered at least 4,000 LEAF units in the United States since it was launched in December 2010. Currently, the vehicle model is available in Washington, Oregon, Texas, Tennessee, Hawaii, California and Arizona, with additional markets to launch this year.

To date, at least 350,000 individuals have showed interest in the LEAF by opting for updates, including how to reserve and purchase for the vehicle, at www.NissanUSA.com. The Drive Electric Tour started in October 2010.

By March 27, the tour provided around 50,000 Nissan LEAF test drives in key markets across the United States. The tour gives potential owners of the LEAF units the opportunity to learn about the vehicle as well as to give it a test drive.

Current LEAF owners are also invited to join and share their experiences with others who are interested in the EV technology.

Nissan is out to prove that even the smallest details are important by focusing on the design of the new Nissan LEAF.

The front of the Nissan LEAF is dominated by the sharp V-shaped design that features the LED headlights that sweep upward. The headlights make use of a blue reflective design that helps give the LEAF an air of uniqueness. On top of that, the headlights are functional design tactics to redirect and split airflow away from the mirrors on the door. This lowers the drag and the wind noise. Plus the LED headlights also help the car consume less battery juice and amp up the LEAF’s range autonomy, using only 10 percent of the energy used by conventional lamps.

Inside, the Nissan LEAF sports bright colors for its trims, helping the cabin look very stylish. It also has the same blue earth colors used for the first generation Nissan LEAF, called Aqua Globe. The same color theme is used for the instrument panel’s lights and the highlights of the blue dashboard.

Advanced IT System

The Nissan LEAF boasts an advanced IT system that is connected to a data center and provides round the clock information, entertainment and support for LEAF owners. There is also a monitor on the dashboard that shows you information on the remaining power that you have as well as a list of charging stations close by.

You can also connect with the Nissan Leaf through your mobile phones. You can set charging functions or control your air conditioning even when the car is powered down using your mobile phone. You can also use a remote-controlled timer that can be programmed to recharge your batteries.

Tooru Abe, Nissan's chief product specialist, says that the IT system is a very important advantage. Abe adds that they designed the IT package to help the driver and make the ride more fun and comfortable for the passengers.

Eco-Friendly Innovation and Zero-Emission Mobility

Abe further adds that they wanted to help realize zero-emission mobility, and the Nissan LEAF is the best first step towards that.

Nissan is also offering a wide range of eco-friendly technologies available to their customers, as part of their holistic approach towards a zero-emission community. For first-time drivers, the Nissan LEAF might be the only car that they will ever need. The Nissan LEAF is also a great addition to a family's fleet of cars. This can also be the only car you use for your daily commute.

Beyond zero emission, Nissan is also continuously developing eco-friendly solutions that help lower emissions and improve efficiency. And that is why the Japanese carmaker now has several technologies such as the HEV, Idle Stop, and CVT, while also spending time and money on research in FCV technology.

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