Nissan LEAF Customers in Rome Ride Bikes for Free Charging

Nissan has developed a very interesting way to stress the importance of clean energy creation and use. From now until July 6 of next year, Nissan LEAF customers in Rome will be able to benefit from taking part in the “DinamoBike – enjoy your power” project in order to earn incentives to buy a new Nissan LEAF.

The “DinamoBike – enjoy your power” project encourages citizens of Rome as well as visitors to convert their kinetic energy into energy for other uses by riding stationary bikes. Those who attempt the challenge for at least 10 minutes, then consume energy (such as coffee) at the DInamoBike Café, can purchase a new Nissan LEAF at a discount.

But it’s not just a discount that is incentivizing these “bikers”; those who participate will also earn two years of free energy to recharge the new Nissan LEAF.

An added bonus for participating in the program is a free shuttle (via a Nissan LEAF, of course) to the historic center of Rome.

While we at Nissan of Clinton can’t offer a trip to the Roman city center, we can offer great deals on Nissan vehicles. Stop by today to find the model that is right for you.Nissan LEAF customers in Rome

Nissan LEAF Technology to Include Range Extender, Semi-Autonomy

Nissan LEAF technologyLately, between hype over upcoming vehicles like the Chevy Bolt or the new Tesla 3, it seems like automakers are racing to compete in the increasingly more popular electric vehicle segment. Now, the next-generation LEAF is preparing to hold its own against the competition. New Nissan LEAF technology will include a new-and-improved 60kWh battery, which boosts the upcoming LEAF to an over 200-mile electric range and puts it neck-and-neck against the other two big contenders in the segment.

While a launch date has yet to be revealed, the new battery is a major upgrade from the current model’s 24kWh battery and 70- to 80-mile range. Nissan’s global director of EV and HEV engineering Kazuo Yajima announced the new battery in talks with AutoblogGreen, stating, “It’s coming. I’m sorry I cannot say when,” and “In the near future, I believe, we can produce an electric vehicle that doesn’t have any driving range problem.”

Advances in Nissan LEAF technology is just another stride for the brand towards a greener future. Gareth Dunsmore, Nissan’s zero-emission business unit director, expresses hopes that by 2020, twenty percent of the Nissan-branded vehicles on the road will be electric vehicles. Those are big dreams, but with the strides being made in the EV segment, they may be a possibility after all.

Seattle to Employ Nissan Leaf Police Cars

Nissan Leaf Police CarsWhile some European police departments are opting for supercars and performance SUVs for their fleets, the city of Portland is taking a different approach. Portland’s police department is going green. According to Nissan, Portland will employ a fleet of Leaf electric vehicles for its Parking Enforcement Department.

The Leaf may not be ideal for high-speed chases, but it’s perfect for Portland’s Parking Enforcement Department, where much of the day is spent navigating crowded city streets and parking lots in search of violators.

Portland’s expansive electric vehicle charging network makes the city an ideal place to put electric vehicles to work. The fleet of Nissan Leaf police cars is not only a more environmentally-friendly alternative to gasoline vehicles, but it will save the department money in the long run.

According to Green Car Reports, Nissan first revealed the Parking Enforcement Department’s new fleet of Leafs on Twitter, noting that the department will put to use 28 Leafs, all of which appear to be white and feature police badges.

Here at Nissan of Clinton, we think Portland is on to something. Stop by today to see how the electric Leaf could enhance your lifestyle!

The Ever-Popular LEAF: Award-Winning Nissan Customer Loyalty

Nissan Customer LoyaltyNot only is the new Nissan LEAF breaking sales records, but the new model was also recently named the best Non-Luxury Traditional Compact Car in the IHS Automotive Loyalty Awards. This award was announced during the Detroit Auto Show, highlighting just how popular the new model really is.

According to Nissan, the award is given annually to automakers that can retain the most owners over repeat buying cycles. That means this award is one of the only fact-based awards in the industry, one that isn’t determined by judges. Nissan customer loyalty is so high for several reasons, including incredible quality, affordability, and performance.

“Since entering the market in 2010, the Nissan LEAF has steadily gained supporters throughout the U.S.,” said Toby Perry, director of marketing for Nissan LEAF. “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.”

The LEAF offers seating for up to five passengers, an EPA-estimated range of 84 miles, and 114 MPGe. Not only that, but owners receive a $7,500 federal tax credit for the new model, which offers benefits of low running costs and less maintenance. What’s not to like about the new model?

Test drive a LEAF at Nissan of Clinton and you’ll discover why LEAF drivers choose to stick with Nissan!

Nissan LEAF Sets U.S. Electric Car Sales Record

U.S. Electric Car Sales RecordThere’s no denying that the Nissan LEAF is considered the world’s best-selling electric car—especially since it has set a brand-new U.S. electric car sales record. After selling 3,102 units in December alone, the LEAF sales for 2014 in the U.S. reached a stunning total of 30,200 units, making it a new record for any plug-in electric vehicle in the country.

When the LEAF first entered the American market in December 2010, many people questioned whether it would survive in the SUV-oriented market. After a total of 72,322 LEAFS sold in the States, we think it’s safe to say that the tiny plug-in hasn’t just survived—it’s thrived. The LEAF has also made a lasting impression around the world, with over 200,000 batter-electric vehicles being delivered globally in dozens of countries.

Through a combination of terrific range and great handling, the LEAF has made a lasting impression on the American market that is sure to last for a long time. Why not stop in to Nissan of Clinton to see what all the LEAF buzz is about?

Nissan Commissions Reverse Graffiti Mural Created in London

Nissan LEAFNissan does not condone graffiti, but reverse graffiti? The automaker is all about it. As a matter of fact, the company commissioned artist, Moose, to create a reverse graffiti mural in London using the zero emission power of the Nissan LEAF.

You’re probably asking what in the world reverse graffiti is. It is an art style that, rather than tagging walls with spray paint, creates a picture in negative by cleaning the wall using a pressure washer.

In Europe’s largest cities, residents and visitors breathe in an inordinate amount of pollution from the air due, in part, to vehicle exhaust. Through this project, Nissan was able to highlight the power of the Nissan LEAF in making a positive difference by using its energy to power the pressure washer.

The mural, which can be seen in London’s Subway at Station’s Approach, Waterloo, features the city’s skyline.

“This piece of art is a striking call to action that air quality is one of the biggest issues facing the citizens and visitors of Europe’s largest cities today,” said Jean-Pierre Diernaz, Nissan Europe’s electric vehicle director.

“It is a reminder that electric vehicles don’t have an exhaust to emit the kind of air pollution which has stained the wall Moose has created his piece on. Working with Moose to highlight the effect of air quality on our cities through a piece of art powered by the Nissan LEAF is an exciting and powerful way of reminding people about the benefits of zero emission vehicles.”

Are you convinced of the LEAF’s benefits? We at Nissan of Clinton certainly are.

A Spark of Innovation: Nissan LEAF Has Been Transformed into a Mini Pickup Truck

Nissan LEAF has been transformed into a mini pickup truckPickup trucks are some of the largest cars on the market. What if you made a miniature one? The Nissan LEAF has been transformed into a mini pickup truck, which is truly innovative. How could the automaker have possibly accomplished this with such a small car? Easy! Engineers just removed the back of the car (the back seats, part of the roof, etc.) and replaced it with a truck bed. Now you are left with a compact truck of sorts, something that could revolutionize the compact electric industry.

Fox News reports the car, named Sparky, “looks almost production ready, not that Nissan has any plans to put it on sale.” Luckily, we have heard this same statement before. When the brand’s Juke received a twin turbo powertrainits popularity led to the vehicle being sold publically for a limited time. We think that if Sparky were to enter the market, it would be highly successful, offering the benefits of both a pickup and a tiny electric car: a real winning combo. Our hope is that it’s the next Juke, but gets more than a limited run and is here to stay!

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Nissan LEAF Joins United Kingdom’s Knowsley Safari Workforce

Nissan LEAFSince it first came to market, the Nissan LEAF has been transforming the way people and businesses travel. Its recent addition to the United Kingdom’s Knowsley Safari fleet has expanded its job description to include “Transporter of the Creepy Crawlies.”

The Safari’s Learning and Discovery Team have employed the Nissan LEAF to assist in its regional tour to primary schools in the Liverpool, England area. The LEAF, supplied by a local Nissan dealer, not only carries two educators, but it also carts snakes, spiders, and other creatures used to teach the children conservation and sustainability principles.

At Knowsley Safari, environmental responsibility plays an important role in everyday operations.

“In many ways the LEAF is the perfect car for us,” said Richard Smith, Knowsley Safari head of visitor services. “It’s fantastic. Because we’ve been able to couple our charger to our solar panels, there are effectively no running costs and that’s a real advantage. We also operate in accordance with a strict sustainability plan, and in that regard the LEAF is a winner too. It fits very neatly with the overall message the Learning and Discovery Team are delivering at schools across the region.”

How would the Nissan LEAF benefit your business’s operations? Let us at Nissan of Clinton know in the comments below.

Nissan Gets Closer to Reduced Carbon Footprint Goal

Nissan LeafAs a corporate objective for Nissan, sustaining mobility is key. Nissan is the world’s largest manufacturer of zero emission all-electric cars. In order to keep its lead in electric passenger vehicles, Nissan is debuting the e-NV200, which is an all electric van. They also have had 120,000 sales of their Nissan Leaf. The company not only wants to reduce emissions from cars, but their global corporate activities as well, and they have been successful. C02 emissions have been reduced by 15.4 percent since the program has been in effect and this past year has had increased vehicle production by 5.1 percent.

Nissan’s goal is to reduce emissions by 20 percent by 2016 and they are getting closer each year. In order to achieve this goal, Nissan practices widespread power conservation. Solar power is being used for energy procurement as well. New energy suppliers and retailers who generate power from sustainable sources were able to enter the market and produce clean energy. This clean energy will in turn be used to charge Nissan Leaf vehicles and charging with clean energy will help get the company closer to zero-emission mobility and a lower carbon footprint. A carbon footprint is “the total sets of greenhouse gas emissions caused by an organization, event, product, or person.” Nissan has a few other activities in progress besides minimizing their corporate carbon footprint these activities include: zero-emission vehicle penetration, fuel-efficient vehicle expansion, and new natural resource use minimization.

By reducing our carbon footprint, we are making the world a better place to live. We can’t wait to see Nissan surpass their goal!






Used Nissan LEAF Will Have Its Own Certified Pre-Owned Program

2013 Nissan Leaf IIHS "Top Safety Pick"Nissan dealerships around the country will soon have one more great deal to offer customers. Just recently, Nissan has realized the growing supply of used Nissan LEAF EVs in the market as the first examples sold during the 2011 model year quickly approach 3 years old. With the rising demand for electric cars around the nation, it is only natural for Nissan to put together a comprehensive certified pre-owned vehicle program for these used cars.

The original 8-year/100,000-mile* battery warranty will still cover any defects in the battery and Nissan has decided to include a few extra warranties for added buyer confidence.  Nissan will also modify the EV system and powertrain warranty to cover these components for a 7-year/100,000-mile* term and a 5-year/60,000-mile* warranty will be added that covers battery capacity that falls below 9-bars out of 12 as read by the vehicles battery capacity gauge.

Also making this a great deal are a number of qualifications that ensure the LEAF is in top condition and will bring years of happy driving to its new owner. These include:

  • A clear CARFAX Vehicle History Report with a 90-day buyback guarantee included
  • Free 3-month subscription to SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • A comprehensive vehicle quality inspection including a 167-point test
  • Car rental reimbursement
  • Trip interruption coverage
  • 24-hour emergency roadside assistance

For more information, ask about the program here at Nissan of Clinton, your local Nissan dealership and service center.