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Nissan LEAF leads Heathrow Airport’s plan to minimize emissions

The UK’s largest and busiest airport, Heathrow, is trying to promote the use of environmentally friendly vehicles. Currently, there are about 8,000 vehicles that are licensed to drive around Heathrow, and the airport wants to swap all those vehicles for electric and plug-in hybrids by the end of year 2020. They have already begun this year as they brought in 17 units of the Nissan LEAF to add to the fleet.

Out of the 17 cars, 12 vehicles are allotted to security and baggage, while the remaining ones will be used as pool cars. Heathrow is practicing this so that they could begin minimizing the emission that their fleets are releasing.

By having the initiative to do this, Heathrow airport is hoping that a lot of other companies, large or small, as well as individuals will be encouraged to do the same thing. That is to switch to zero-emission vehicles to save the environment. The airport is one of the best means to influence people as it is a high-traffic zone and these cars will be noticed more.

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Second-generation Nissan Leaf is spotted at a commercial shoot in Norway

While everyone’s attention right now is focused on the Tesla Model 3, Nissan is surely working its way to the imminent introduction of the new Nissan Leaf compact five-door electric hatchback. It’s the next generation of the electric car that paved the way for the eventual acceptance of electrified vehicles around the world.

It has not been formally presented and the company has done its best to shield it from prying eyes but just recently, the new Nissan Leaf was spied being driven without any camouflage, and at a commercial shoot no less.

The Japanese carmaker is set to officially reveal the true form of the new generation of the Nissan Leaf as well as its complete specs around a month from now. It is eagerly awaited by the entire industry basically, including Leaf’s current customers, fans and enthusiasts. We all just want to catch a glimpse of the next generation of this legendary electric car.

Read the entire article Second-generation Nissan Leaf is spotted at a commercial shoot in Norway

2018 Nissan Leaf features semi-autonomous feature, the ProPILOT

Earlier this week, Nissan revealed a teaser of the new 2018 LEAF’s interior, giving us an idea of what the electric vehicle has to offer. The company released a video of their upcoming ProPILOT assist technology, along with a number of images from inside the new LEAF.

The ProPILOT is a semi-autonomous function. It’s quite impressive for the Nissan, but it won’t be able to compete with Tesla’s Autopilot just yet. The company has provided details about the technology shown on the video promo, saying that the app “reduces the hassle of stop-and-go highway driving”. The driver-assistance technology will come standard with the Nissan LEAF.

This feature keeps the car in the lane, while maintaining proper distance to the car in front during highway cruising, being classified as level two autonomy. Therefore, it supports drivers by helping them control acceleration, braking and steering during single-lane highway drives.

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New Nissan Leaf to come out in September this year, sales to begin in late 2017

A number of people have long wanted to know when the next generation of the Nissan Leaf would be released. After all, since it was first launched on the market back in 2010, different versions have been released almost annually.

The wait appears to be over as Senior Manager of Leaf and Electric Vehicles Tim Gallagher confirmed that the new Leaf will be unveiled to the public in September with sales expected to begin in the later part of the year. Gallagher however did not reveal any other details, leaving all of us trying to predict what the new model could offer.

For starters, Nissan has said that the new Leaf will be able to drive itself autonomously on a single lane road. This means it may look similar to the IDS concept that was presented by the brand during the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. Nissan had previously confirmed as well that the range will be at least 200 miles (321 km). That may not be enough but it appears to work for now.

Read the entire article New Nissan Leaf to come out in September this year, sales to begin in late 2017

British funeral home Leverton & Sons is out there to prove that eco-friendliness can be achieved even at your final journey. Together with Brahms Electric Vehicles, the UK-based funeral directors have converted a Nissan Leaf into an Eco-Hearse. Indeed, saving the earth will never go out of style and it will continue to live on even after you’ve drawn your last breath!

The eco-conscious funeral car has been replaced with a transparent panel so that friends and relatives of the dearly departed can take a good view of the casket. Brahms Electric Vehicles has freed the entire cabin space and extends it all the way to driver’s side to keep the coffin safe and secured. What’s more, the eco-hearse has been installed with a motor so that the floor deck can be adjusted up and down. This makes it more convenient to use during loading and unloading.

Interestingly, Brahms has developed a total of three Nissan Leaf funeral cars and has sold a couple of units already. In order for them to deliver a much cheaper price, the English company converts previously used Nissan Leaf examples instead of new ones.

Read the entire article A smart funeral option: That one last ride with an Eco-friendly Nissan Leaf Hearse

Customers in the European market are known for leaning towards style and with this in mind, Nissan has revealed the special LEAF Black Edition. While the production run of this limited edition will be restricted from March 2017 and until August 2017 only, the brand expects that it will set new standards when it comes to mass-marketed electric vehicles that have a premium and smooth style. With this edition to be sold solely in Europe, Nissan also disclosed that the first 1,000 customers will also have an in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot installed, for free, which allows for a connection of a maximum of 8 devices.

The LEAF Black Edition is mainly based on the Acenta grade and brings with it a number of improvements to the style as well as an innovative design. On the interior, the use of the blue-stitched mats gives it that premium finish.

Some of the features include the NissanConnect EV telematics system which comes with the pioneering Around View Monitor technology fitted as standard. On the exterior, additions to the style include the rear roof spoiler and door mirror caps, both in black. There is also the privacy glass, illuminated entry guards, LED headlamps, and the alloy black 16-inch wheels.

Read the entire article Nissan LEAF Black Edition will have limited production run

Back in 2009, Nissan first introduced the Nissan Leaf, the company’s first all-electric vehicle. LEAF stands for Leading Environmentally-friendly Affordable Family car and this particular EV has been considered as the world’s all-time best selling highway-capable all-electric car with almost 240,000 units sold. This compact five-door hatchback electric car first reached the streets of America in 2010 and conquered Canada and Europe the following year.

In September 2016, Leaf sales in Japan reached to almost 70,000 units while 64,000 units have been sold in Europe (Norway leading with 18,600 registered units, followed by the UK with 15,000 units). However, the world’s largest Leaf market is the United States where sales have surpassed the 100,000-unit milestone in October of this year.

The 2016 model year Nissan Leaf was offered in three trim grades – S, SV and SL – and will be carried over to the 2017 model. However, there will be a slight increase in the prices for the 2017 model. The entry-level 2017 model will now have a 30-kWh battery which slightly affects its pricing; from $29,010, the 2017 entry-level Leaf will be sold with a $30,680 price tag.

Read the entire article 2017 Nissan Leaf costs slightly higher with $30,680 starting price

Nissan has recently launched a short film demonstrating the new LEAF 30kWh emerge from a block of ice in Norefjell, Norway, as the vehicle rolls out in the European market. Europe's top-selling electric vehicle (EV) has a maximum mile range of 155 miles on a single charge, 25 percent greater than the prior model.

It comes with the enhanced NissanConnect EV infotainment system on Accenta and Tekna trims. Key modifications include remote defrost feature enhancements, premium functionality, and innovative connectivity system.

The short film starts with a silhouette of the vehicle covered with 65-mm thick ice, set against the Scandes Mountains. The ice then gradually melts, revealing the glorious Nissan LEAF 30kWh. Nissan Europe Director of EV Gareth Dunsmore said that the new Nissan LEAF 30kWh symbolizes the car maker's "innovative spirit.”

Read the entire article 2016 Nissan Leaf 30kWh proves ability to withstand extreme conditions

Japanese carmaker Nissan and European power provider Enel have inked an agreement to jointly develop an innovative Vehicle 2 Grid system that allows drivers of electric vehicles and energy users to operate as individual “energy hubs.” As energy hubs, they could use, store and return electricity in excess of the power grid. The deal was signed during 21st UN Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris, France.

The so-called Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology allows EVs to be fully integrated into the electricity grid by enhancing the capability of the grid to handle renewable power. V2G is expected to render renewable energy sources to become more diffused and affordable. V2G-enabled EVs and related V2G charging infrastructure should provide EV owners as well as companies with large EV fleets an opportunity to create mobile energy hubs that would integrate their units with the grid.

For instance, owners of Nissan LEAF EVs could charge their units at times when there is low demand and when tariffs are cheap. Once the cost of electricity spikes up during high demand or when tariffs are high, Nissan LEAF owners could use the electricity stored in their units' battery at home.

Read the entire article Nissan and Enel ink deal for grid system that allows EVs to serve as power sources

It has been five years since Nissan stole the automotive limelight with its Nissan LEAF electric vehicle. Now, the Japanese carmaker is celebrating its pioneering move with a number of milestones for its Nissan LEAF EV. Since 2010, Nissan remains the leader in EV technology, despite challenges from a number of carmakers around the world.

In fact, Nissan is still the largest producer of electric vehicles and its EV offerings have covered the most distance sans harmful emissions. As a matter of fact, Nissan LEAF customers have already covered a total distance of over two billion kilometers (1.2 billion miles), helping the environment free from 328,482 tons of carbon dioxide, according to Nissan's five year sales-volume based assumption.

In January 2016, Nissan is set to deliver its 200,000th LEAF, thereby officially making the emission-free unit the most popular and most successful electric vehicle in the world. Around 90 percent of total LEAF sales were made in the United States (90,000 units), Japan (50,000 units) and Europe (40,000 units). In the five years that Nissan has been producing the LEAF at its assembly lines, the EV has become a recipient of over 92 awards around the world, including Car of the Year in Japan and Europe, and the very prestigious World Car of the Year.

Read the entire article Nissan celebrates five years of LEAF success with 200,000th unit sold

Nissan Motor Co. revealed that it will move forward with its plan to develop its next-generation zero-emission car aimed at mass consumers. This despite the fact that sales of its Leaf electric car have not been rising as expected. A look at the work being done by the company’s technical center shows that the planned new Leaf is expected to have increased battery power.

This will allow it to have a driving range of almost 300 miles, far above the EPA-rated 107-mile range of the current version of the Leaf. With the use of carbon fiber, the car is also expected to be lighter than its predecessor.

Another feature is the ability to recharge the battery hands-free. This is made possible by having the car park above an inductive system on the floor which will then charge the battery automatically. While this new model will still have to meet a host of government regulations as well as approvals, the company expects that this new model will lead the brand in mass-marketing this new technology.

Read the entire article Nissan’s next-generation Leaf to have 300mile-range, hands-free recharging feature

Testing on the first of Nissan’s prototype vehicles that were built with autonomous driving technology has just begun in Japan. Nissan wanted to know how well it works on both the highway and in the trickier inner city roads.

A sustainable mobile society – this is Nissan’s vision for the future. The automaker defines this as being able to achieve two of its targets -- "Zero Emission" and "Zero Fatality."

What the company means with Zero Emission is that there should be no CO2 gases emitted from its vehicles while Zero Fatality aims to make fatalities due to road accidents a thing of the past.

Read the entire article Nissan begins testing its first autonomous prototype based on Leaf in Japan

A steep drop last month of about 33% in sales of Nissan’s Leaf electric vehicle compared to the previous year is just one aspect of the automaker’s problems. After July 1, the up to $5,000 state tax credit for EV purchases in Atlanta, Georgia, will be withdrawn. This is a significant blow as Atlanta is known to be the Leaf’s biggest market.

Monthly Leaf sales are likely to fall to 5 to 8 units beginning in July compared to about 100 currently, according to Scott Middleton, sales manager at Town Center Nissan in Kennesaw, Ga. In addition, a wave of Leafs will soon come off lease with reduced resale value. The automaker has started offering a $5,000 credit for lease customers to purchase their cars at the end of the lease period.

Fred Diaz, Nissan senior vice president for U.S. sales, marketing and operations, said that while many will grab this opportunity, it won’t turn things around. He said that the low gasoline price in the U.S. is the immediate problem of battery-powered cars. Nissan has had to tackle numerous challenges in its campaign to launch and market the Leaf.

Read the entire article Nissan predicts sudden drop in Leaf sales this summer

Even as Nissan is investing to advance EV technology, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn believes that the obstacle to increasing sales of the electric Leaf is the need for a bigger public battery-charging network in the U.S. Despite these challenges, Ghosn is confident that Leaf sales in the U.S. can reach 50,000 units a year, a marked increase from the 30,000 units sold last year.

Ghosn said that the automaker is working toward the initial phase of factory capacity for battery modules, built at its Smyrna, Tenn., assembly plant. At the New York auto show, Ghosn was asked if Leaf sales will be able to support Nissan's U.S. investment in EV battery manufacturing.

He replied that a sales volume of 50,000 EVs in North America is well within its capacity. However, he is adamant that there should be additional investment in EV-charging facilities from governments and public-private initiatives.

Read the entire article Nissan CEO expects 50,000 Leaf sales per year, cites need for charging infrastructure

The Leaf will still be the anchor of Nissan’s signature brand campaign “Innovation that Excites” despite the fact that the Japanese carmaker is churning out more gaudy and more sleek new models. The Leaf has been representing the Nissan brand globally since it was launched in 2010. As of late, Nissan marketing arm has been waving banners bearing the upscale Murano crossover, an upcoming Maxima sport sedan, and a full-sized Titan pickup.

Likewise, Nissan’s conventional cars were a main contributor to the carmaker’s record sales in the US last year. Even with all of that, the Leaf will still continue to symbolize what Nissan is all about, as per Roel de Vries, the carmaker’s global head of marketing.

“The Leaf represents who Nissan is -- innovation, environmentalism, creativity,” he told Automotive News during the Detroit auto show.

Read the entire article Leaf EV remains the main message of Nissan brand campaign

Sales of the Nissan Leaf are expected to surge 25 percent in Europe this year and another double digits in 2015, according to Nissan Europe's electric cars director, Jean-Pierre Diernaz. The Leaf is currently the best-selling electric vehicle in Europe with sales of 12,655 units in the first 10 months of 2014 for a 40-percent jump, according to data from JATO Dynamics.

The strong gains are attributed to lower sticker prices and leasing rates since Nissan launched the Leaf in Europe in 2010. Diernaz told Automotive News Europe that said the average lease rate for the Leaf in Europe has fallen to around EUR250 a month from EUR400 in 2010. In fact, the Leaf can be leased in France for just EUR169 a month once government incentives are counted.

The Leaf is also heavily discounted in some markets. For instance, Nissan is offering a Leaf Visia in the United Kingdom at GBP18,290 following a price cut of GBP3,200 (EUR4,066) – which means that it has a tag similar to compact cars such the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus.

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There is an adage that says necessity is the mother of invention. At Nissan’s Technical Center, based in Stanfield, Arizona, this is what the many engineers put to heart. In this facility, these engineers not only love building things, but also enjoy testing and even tinkering with them. The team also puts into mind the question of “why not?” Their newest creation is a truly unique electric vehicle, one that can haul people and supplies around the Technical Center. For those around the campus, this new model is dubbed as the Sparky. The Sparky was created to be exceptional, bringing with it a highly specific mission.

This model was made possible by Nissan’s very own Roland Schellenberg and Arnold Moulinet, both from the brand’s Durability & Reliability group. A good way to describe the Sparky is that it is a Nissan LEAF combined with a Nissan Frontier, and supports the brand’s operations at its 3,050-acre facility in Stanfield. According to Schellenberg, the group wanted to keep it a secret as well as exciting for everyone. However, each time the facility has visitors, he added, they see the truck and instantly ask what it is. Once they start looking at this model, he continued, it allows for excellent conversation.

Schellenberg said that he needed a project for a team building activity as a way to bring the entire team together. The team knew that they needed a truck, a shop truck, he said further, as well as something that they could drive around. Given that there were many considerations, it took many months to make this truck. To their advantage, Moulinet had the right tool-set in order to make this model into reality. Moulinet shared that once Schellenberg revealed they were designing the LEAF, he immediately went home and even stayed up until 4 AM in order to come up with different designs to determine what would work.

Read the entire article Nissan engineers create the Sparky, a Leak pickup inspired by the Frontier

The next-generation Nissan Leaf comes into focus again courtesy of AutoExpress and according to the British magazine we will see several improvements. First of all, the new Nissan Leaf will offer a range of up to 186 miles (300 km), which is a real improvement comparing it to the current range of 85 miles (136 km) range offered by the current version.

The bad news is that the Leaf will not surpass the Tesla Model S, which can travel up to 312 miles (502 km). Despite the better range, Nissan’s Leaf will arrive with smaller battery packs and what’s more interesting is that the same technology will be available on the Infiniti luxury brand too.

Regarding the design, expect the chromed ‘V’ grille featured on the current Nissan models, angular headlights and ceased bodywork. The Friend-ME Concept will borrow new design elements to the next-generation Leaf.

Read the entire article Next-generation Nissan Leaf will offer a 186-mile range, a more conventional design

Nissan is bringing its “No Charge to Charge” promotion for the Leaf electric vehicle to Los Angeles on Aug. 15, providing free access – thru an EZ-Charge card -- to public charging stations for two years. The LA program will also include Leaf EVs bought after July 1, 2014.

Nissan launched the “No Charge to Charge” program in September 2013 in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston areas and has since expanded it to San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, Nashville, Phoenix, Washington, Portland, Ore.; and Sacramento, Calif.

Nissan is planning to add 14 more markets to the program in 2014. As part of te program, Leaf buyers in these locations can charge their units at no costs -- including via fast chargers -- at participating ChargePoint, Blink, CarCharging, AeroVironment and NRG eVgo stations.

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Finally, 50,000 Nissan LEAFs has been sold in the United States, making the nameplate the first pure electric vehicle to achieve the milestone in the country. The 50,000th leaf were purchased by Dallas residents Todd and Lisa Bolt, with the family taking the delivery of their black LEAF SL this month at AutoNation Nissan of Lewisville.

The city of Dallas as well as the state of Texas has been becoming a hot beds for the Nissan LEAF, thanks to owner advocates and strong public charging infrastructure, as well as to the carmaker’s free charging promotion.

For the first four months of 2014, Nissan saw sales of the LEAF surged by around 50 percent in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex compared to the same period last year. Nissan is expected to post further growth in LEAF sales in the area thanks partly to a new state tax rebate of up to $2,500 on the purchase or lease of a new unit.

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