Nissan works towards self driving cars!

Nissan’s Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn stated during the recent Nissan quadrennial 360 event that “In 2007 I pledged that, by 2010, Nissan would mass market a zero-emission vehicle. Today, the Nissan LEAF is the best selling electric vehicle in history…” Now this may not seem like news to anyone, because we here at Nissan of Lake Charles can barely keep the 2013 Nissan LEAFs we get in stock on our lots, but what followed may be a shock to many! He continued by saying “Now I am committing to be ready to introduce a new ground breaking technology, Autonomous Drive, by 2020, and we are on track to realize it.” That’s right folks, Nissan is calling their shot (a historical baseball player with the nickname of “the great Bambino” comes to mind) and considering they’ve delivered on their previous statements we’re inclined to believe them!

Now Nissan isn’t the only, nor the first, automotive company to be working towards this type of technology. GM, Toyota, Audi, and Volkswagen (oh and let’s not forget Google!) have also been doing their research. But Nissan is planning to have multiple self-driving models on the market in seven years and wants the technology available across its model range within two vehicle generations. “Cars are typically fully redesigned every five to six years, so that could be within 10-12 years”! We know it’s a long way away, but we can wait to see what’s in store for the future!

Nissan collaborates on charging network in Japan

We’ve focused on Nissan’s LEAF model and other hybrids on many of our blog posts over the past few months (sorry if they’re getting old!), but when we keep getting more and more good news about the work we’re doing to lower our dependency on gas we just can help ourselves here at Nissan of Lake Charles! So, once again, we forge out to bring you more information on about the 100% electric Nissan LEAF, but this time it isn’t about the model itself but instead, the charging network available to its drivers.

Recently, Nissan decided to collaborate with Toyota, Honda, and Mitsubishi to work with the Japanese government to more than triple the country’s publicly accessible chargers. These increased numbers will affect the Level 2 and DC fast chargers, by about 11,000 units and 5,700 units respectively. This decision to work together comes from the obviously rising tide of electric vehicles, but to help smooth things over, the Japanese government has agreed to give subsidies worth 100 billion yen (nearly $1 billion US) to help build the new charging stations! With this new effort to make a country wide network available, Nissan and other OEMs are hoping other country will follow quickly in their footsteps.