With all the new technology that green cars bring, the many terms and various jargon used to describe green cars can get a little bit confusing. To help you out, we’ve put together this little guide of green car terms:
Electric vehicle – An electric vehicle (EV) is a vehicle that runs on electricity instead of gasoline.
Hybrid vehicle – A hybrid vehicle is a vehicle that runs on a combination of systems. For example, some hybrids combine an electric motor with a classic gasoline engine.
Plug-in hybrid vehicle – A plug-in hybrid vehicle refers to a vehicle that uses more than one system (making it a hybrid), including an electric source that can be re-charged by plugging the car into an external source of energy. Often these vehicles can operate on only electric power like an EV or only gas power like a hybrid.
Fuel cell vehicle – Lastly, a fuel cell vehicle refers to another type of specific hybrid. In this case, one of the energy sources is electric, and the other is a fuel cell, which converts hydrogen gas into power.
For more information about green cars – or to get a bit more clarification on some of these complicated ideas – feel free to contact us or visit us anytime. Here at Nissan of Lake Charles, we have many green cars, such as the Nissan LEAF, which you are sure to love!
The Nissan Leaf immediately bolted to the top of the electric vehicle (EV) market upon its release a few years ago, toppling established EV giants like the Prius on its way to the top-selling spot in the United States. And, with 2,347 Leaf sales recorded last month alone, it doesn’t look like Nissan’s EV momentum will be slowing down anytime soon. Nissan remains gleeful with the Leaf’s success, and hopes to see that success continue, as evidenced by the growing number of fast-charging stations across the United States.
You see, the Leaf isn’t only available in California anymore. For example, Toby Perry, Nissan’s director of EV sales and marketing, said that the brand has “seen a big jump in Leaf sales in the Austin, Dallas, and Houston markets” thanks to a Texas state incentive. To accommodate the growing interest in the Leaf nationwide, Nissan has built many more CHAdeMO stations. In fact, there are now 633 stations between the coasts.
As the Leaf continues to sell, Nissan will continue to build more CHAdeMO stations: Brian Brockman, a Nissan spokesman, said the brand plans to “aggressively add fast-charging stations through next March,” as summed up by Autoblog. Over in Europe, Nissan already has over 1,000 Leaf fast-charging stations in operation, and here at Nissan of Lake Charles, we’re hoping the brand hits that milestone here in the States sometime in the next year.
The Nissan LEAF has done tremendously well since it entered the marketplace in 2010. In fact, Nissan has sold more than 100,000 units of the all-electric Nissan LEAF globally. Nissan expects even greater success with the EV—and EVs from other automakers—in the coming years.
Nissan actually told the Wall Street Journalthat it should be able to outsell original projections. The Japanese automaker is now shooting for 1.5 million EVs by 2020, as more Americans come to accept electric vehicles as viable modes of transportation and as Nissan penetrates other markets across the globe with the LEAF. The LEAF will actually be making its debut in South Korea later this year.
Sure, electric vehicles still have some issues. Drivers worry about their range and the lack of refueling infrastructure, and others are turned off by the prices. However, range has already improved tremendously over the years and will continue to as time goes on. In addition, recharge times are going down, and at the same time, more infrastructure is being added across the country. And those seemingly high prices are actually steals when you factor in government rebates and incentives.
Have any questions about Nissan’s electric and other fuel-efficient models? Stop in to Nissan of Lake Charles today for some help!
John Stelly is the owner of Nissan of Lake Charles and is active in the community with several not for profit organizations.