Nissan BladeGlider Concept is a Delta Wing for the Streets

Nissan LogoHere at Nissan of Clinton in Clinton, NC we like to stay on top of concept vehicles and design experiments that come from Nissan. While many of these concepts will never become real production vehicles, they are a good look at the design language and engineering direction that the company is headed towards. One of the more recent concept vehicles to be previewed ahead of the Tokyo Motor Show is the Nissan BladeGlider Concept.

The Nissan BladeGlider Concept appears to be based on the racing team’s experimental Delta Wing car, a sleek and efficient race car with a tapered profile. The BladeGlider Concept makes use of the wedge shape for an agile and athletic stance and improved aerodynamics. Constructed out of advanced materials like carbon fiber, and making use of in-wheel electric motors, this would be a very stable and nimble sports car for the future. Unique upward-swinging doors open to a unique cockpit that utilizes a 1 + 2 seating configuration. The driver sits front and center with a passenger to either side and behind. Check out the preview footage below for a closer look and be sure to look out for more news about this concept from the Tokyo Motor Show.

Nissan Goes Further with Zero Emissions, Introduces e-NV200 Electric Taxi for Barcelona

Nissan e-NV200Taking one step further into the world of zero emissions vehicle, Nissan and the city of Barcelona have teamed up to implement a fleet of e-NV200 full-electric taxi vans. In this move, the city will lead the global rollout of the new fully-electric taxi van from Nissan and help to work out any issues that need to be resolved for smooth implementation in future markets. Beyond the initial goal of having a large number of electric taxis available to tourists and locals, the city hopes to one day use electric vans as delivery vehicles.

“We applaud Barcelona city for making this clear commitment to integrating the revolutionary Nissan e-NV200 electric vehicle into the city’s taxi fleet. We are delighted that the city where we will build this new vehicle is leading the way in promoting clean transportation for the benefit for all its citizens and visitors. The e-NV200 is a revolutionary product that will make zero emission taxis and goods delivery vehicles a reality in cities across the globe from next year.” said Carlos Ghosn, Nissan President and CEO.

This move also helps to increase the readiness of the market for electric vehicles for individuals. By working to improve the infrastructure and increase the number of charging stations available, it will be easier for customers to get into electric vehicles in the future. The project can also improve how people feel about electric cars by increasing the amount of interaction people have with EVs. For more information or to check out our inventory of Nissan Leaf EVs, stop by our Nissan dealership here in Clinton, NC.

Nissan Reveals ZEOD RC Electric Race Car

Nissan ZEOD RCWith the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2013 race finished last weekend, we can now look forward to next year and the racing debut of Nissan’s latest experimental vehicle, the ZEOD RD race car that will compete under Garage 56 in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race next year. The ZEOD RC (Zero Emissions On Demand Racing Car) is claiming to be the fastest electric race car ever built, capable of running on either gasoline or pure electric power.

Sources claim that the ZEOD RC will be able to complete one lap at Le Mans on pure electric power for every six laps completed under gasoline power. The batteries will be recharged during the race through the use of regenerative braking and other technology. Watch the video below for more information about this race car that uses battery technology derived from the Nissan LEAF electric car.

Nissan and CarCharging Plan to Expand EV Charging Network

Nissan has announced a collaborating initiative alongside the Car Charging Group to make EV charging more readily available and to expand consumer awareness of the electric car market.

Nissan LEAF Charging PortBrendan Jones, Nissan director for EV Infrastructure, said, “Nissan’s commitment to expanding EV charging infrastructure—including quick chargers with businesses such as CarCharging—not only supports today’s Nissan LEAF and other EV drivers, but also helps prepare communities for the increasing use of EVs. With more than 25,000 Nissan LEAFs already on U.S. roads, bolstering infrastructure further accelerates the adoption curve as it provides range confidence and promotes additional zero-emissions driving.”

The first goal for the initiative is to deploy nearly 50 Nissan quick chargers on the East Coast as well as in California. CarCharging and Nissan will continue to educate consumers about the EV charging infrastructure and the ease and benefits of public EV charging. CarCharging is also developing a mobile application that provides charging station location information with turn-by-turn directions included.

“CarCharging is thrilled to enhance our products and services by including Nissan’s quick chargers in our public EV charging network and to offer our evCharge card to consumers who purchase a LEAF at a Nissan dealership,” said Michael D. Farkas, CEO of CarCharging.

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The 2013 Nissan Leaf is Another IIHS Top Safety Pick for Nissan

2013 Nissan Leaf IIHS "Top Safety Pick"Proving that electric vehicle drivers don’t need to sacrifice convenience OR safety, the 2013 Nissan Leaf has just been named a “Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). In order to earn this honor, vehicles must undergo rigorous crash testing and prove that their construction, restraint systems, and safety systems are top notch and able to maximize occupant safety.

Features like the Leaf’s Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front airbags with seat belt and occupant classification sensors, roof-mounted curtain side impact airbags, front seat-mounted side impact supplemental airbags, child seat upper tether and LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren), and Vehicle Dynamic & Traction Control Systems are all standard and provide maximum protection for all passengers.

Achieving the Institute’s highest ranking of “Good” in Moderate Front Overlap, Side Impact, Roof Strength, and Rear (Dynamic & Seat/Head Restraint Geometry) Crash tests, the 2013 Leaf has all the angels covered… literally.

“Driver and passenger safety are top priorities for Nissan and the ‘Top Safety Pick’ designation by IIHS reflects the design and innovation that have gone into this car to make it a practical, no-compromise electric vehicle,” said Erik Gottfried, Nissan’s director of electric vehicle sales and marketing. “The new, U.S.-assembled 2013 Nissan LEAF provides customers with a remarkable level of value, comfort and security at prices competitive with gas-powered cars in a fun-to-drive package.”

Stop by Nissan of Clinton to check out our inventory of Nissan Leaf EVs and other Top Safety Pick vehicles like the Altima.

2013 Nissan LEAF Better Than Ever

2013 Nissan LeafFor the 2013 model year, Nissan has worked to create an even better and more drivable EV. The 2013 Nissan LEAF features a new, base-level, S-trim, refined electronics, improved charging and battery life, and new technology. Offering better features than ever before, the 2013 LEAF would be a great option for drivers who want the satisfaction of never paying for gasoline again, but are concerned about EV range or comfort.

The new LEAF lineup for 2013 now consists of three, unique, trim levels. The LEAF SV and LEAF SL carry over from last year, with a few upgrades and improvements, and the new LEAF S provides buyers with a lower cost entry point into the world of gasoline-free driving.

Standard features, included even on the LEAF S, consist of 6-way manual adjustable driver’s and 4-way manual adjustable passenger’s seats; full, power windows with driver’s side “one-touch” automatic function; power locks with auto-lock function; a trip computer featuring driving time, range, outside temperature, instant energy consumption, and average energy consumption; center console with a storage bin; automatic climate control; a 3.6 kW charger; variable intermittent wipers; and 16-inch steel wheels with full wheel covers.

2013 Nissan LEAFThe SV trim level adds some great technology and convenience features. A 7-inch color LCD screen displays CARWINGS telematics and the Nissan Navigation system, Pandora for iPhone, and more. A quicker charging, 6.6kW charger is included and a more efficient, hybrid heating system helps reduce the draw on batteries. Aluminum-alloy rims, a 6-speaker audio system, partially recycled seating, cruise control, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror make the ride a bit more stylish and enjoyable. B-Mode driving is also added; increasing the aggressiveness of regenerative braking for increased range.

2013 Nissan LeafFinally, the SL trim level tops off the lineup with some great luxury features and even more energy-saving technology. This trim level adds auto on/off LED headlights, which use about half of the energy compared to traditional Halogen lighting, and fog lights. HomeLink and leather seats increase comfort and convenience on the inside while 17-inch Aluminum-alloy wheels help with styling. A quick-charge port is available along with a spoiler mounted solar panel to help with charging.

Be sure to stop by Nissan of Clinton for more information about the latest EV from Nissan. One final feature of the 2013 LEAF is the option to add packages to any trim level for a personalized experience.

Nissan Puts Together a Leaf NISMO

2013 Nissan Leaf NISMO

The New Year is full of new ideas and innovative products. Nissan improved the 2013 Leaf to fit exactly what consumers were asking for.  By adding a faster 6.6-k W onboard charger, lowering the newly designed trim cost, improving regenerative brakes and updating the interior, the 2013 Nissan Leaf is more practical than ever. Nissan added lots of improvements to the 2013 Leaf, but is taking the hybrid one step further in Japan. In Japan a version of the Leaf, named Nismo, is rumored to add more excitement to the lineup.

The the Nissan Leaf Nismo will be a tweaked version of the Nissan Leaf.  Some of the known improvements will include:

  • Edgy aerodynamic body kit
  • New alloy wheels
  • Interior upgrade
  • Suspension package
  • Weight reduction

Combining this list of changes allows the innovative Nissan Leaf Nismo to potentially display better performance, more efficiency, and a more controlled handling.

Nissan will start production this summer in Japan only. Production will start in Japan to gauge the impact the Leaf Nismo within the market place. To learn more about the newly updated 2013 Nissan Leaf visit the Nissan of Clinton dealership in Clinton North Carolina.

2013 Nissan Leaf to Use less Rare-Earth Metal

2012 Nissan Leaf EVThe Nissan Leaf, the company’s most fuel efficient and environmentally friendly vehicle, is about to get even more “green” for the 2013 model year. The EV is continually under scrutiny from the engineers at Nissan and for the coming year, a new process has been developed that allows for the use of a much smaller amount of dysprosium, a rare-earth metal that is notoriously difficult to extract from mines.

The process, named grain boundary diffusion, is much more effective than previous methods of applying dysprosium to the magnets in the Nissan Leafs electric motor. The main purpose of this metal coating is to help keep temperatures down in the extremely high revving motor and to prevent long term wear and tear of the magnets. The new process allows for a much smaller quantity of this metal to be used in order to achieve the same results. While this is great news for the EV from Nissan, it is also good news for other, internal combustion engine, vehicles that also use dysprosium and for the drivers who buy these vehicles. As the metal is quite costly, using less of it allows for a lower cost of production and in turn a better vehicle for a lower price.

New Nissan Leaf Global Ad

Ever wonder what it would be like if your everyday car was an electric car? If so, you are in luck, because Nissan has just put out a commercial that shows just what that would be like. The Nissan Leaf was the first ever production electric car for the mass-market and continues to be on the leading edge of the EV world. This commercial highlights features like the ability to check the status of your car from a smartphone and even start the HVAC remotely. Driving with zero emissions and without ever paying for gas are also some benefits of EVs. Watch the commercial below to see all the benefits of driving an EV.

Portugal’s Police LEAFs

The Nissan LEAF is definitely gaining popularity with drivers over here in the United States. As more and more people warm to the idea of a means of transportation that relies entirely upon an electric drivetrain, we are seeing a good number of these EVs out on the road. It really does seem like the LEAF does a good job of transporting most people on their everyday routes. The real world driving range of around 73 miles as tested by the EPA is more than enough to carry the average person along their daily commute or to go run a few quick errands. A real sign of how well the car is being received though can be seen in Portugal.

The Portuguese police are implementing eight of these all-electric hatchbacks into their fleet of around 5,000 vehicles. While these cars are scheduled for use in the Safe School Program and for other light work like parking duty, they are also fully outfitted to “perform other police duties at any time” if they need to. As you can see in the pictures, these Nissan LEAFs have been outfitted with police decals and blue sirens. One of the key benefits of the LEAF as a police vehicle is its near silent operation; allowing it to arrive undetected at the scene of a crime. The country’s strong network of EV charging stations is what really makes this idea feasible.

If you ever find yourself speeding in Portugal, look out for these LEAF police cruisers. Until then, if you want to check out the Nissan LEAF you can stop by Nissan of Clinton to see one in person and learn more!