Nissan Leaf Takes on the Chevy Volt in 2015

When the Nissan LEAF and Chevy Volt were first introduced in 2010, the two electric cars were fierce rivals. Though the two cars have been laying low for a few years, they are both facing complete redesigns for next year, and we’re expecting things to heat up again.

The Volt will bring with it some serious competition, but we aren’t scared. Bring it on, Volt – show us what you’ve got. The Nissan LEAF is rearing and ready to roll. The 2015 LEAF has taken a page from the Tesla Model S, and will offer a choice of battery pack sizes.

According to a recent Yahoo Autos article, “Nissan product chief Andy Palmer told Green Car Reports that he could envision two or even three battery choices, which could give the next-gen Leaf more driving range than the current car’s 84 miles. How far? Possibly between 120 and 150 miles.” Whoa, whoa, whoa. That even puts the Toyota Prius Plug In with only 15 miles electric driving to shame.

The Volt will likely be installing a smaller, more affordable (or profitable) battery pack, but doing so won’t increase the electric driving range much past its current 38 miles.

We’ll keep the boxing gloves off for now – a little friendly competition never hurt anyone, right? Although we can’t say for sure when the Nissan LEAF will be available in dealerships, we are pretty darn excited to see the electric car hold its own!

Stop by Nissan of Lake Charles to check out the LEAFs we have in stock today!

Nissan Ready to Race All-Electric LEAF NISMO RC This Weekend

The Nissan LEAF NISMO RC, the first all-electric race car—not just made by Honda, but in the whole world—is set to rock the Clipsal 500 racetrack this weekend in Adelaide, South Australia. The LEAF NISMO RC, which will take part in the “Nissan Time Attack” this weekend, racing against a Nissan Altima V8 Supercar and a Nissan GT-R road car, will be driven by former V8 Supercars champion Rick Kelly. The all-electric race car, powered only by lithium-ion batteries, is specifically customized and streamlined for racing.

“The Nissan LEAF is changing the way we drive on the roads, with more than 100,000 zero-emission LEAF vehicles already sold worldwide,” said Jeff Fisher, Nissan Motorsport’s General Manager in Australia. “And the LEAF RC is NISMO’s translation of that innovation to the race track – demonstrating high levels of torque and grip – all without the direct use of fossil fuel energy.”

The LEAF NISMO RC will make a loud statement this weekend in its racing debut, despite the fact that you’ll barely here it whooshing around the track. Check out the race and then come check out the road-ready version of the LEAF, the world’s best-selling EV, here at Nissan of Lake Charles!

Nissan LEAF Set Sales Record In Europe for 2013

2013 was a big year for the zero-emissions Nissan LEAF around the world, especially in Europe. That’s where Nissan sold LEAF number 100,000. And, the company sold 105 percent more LEAF cars there in 2013 than it did in 2012.

Nissan reported European sales of 11,120 all-electric LEAFs—a new sales record. It also increased its share of the European EV market to about 33 percent, and sold 25 percent more LEAFs than the next best-selling EV model, the Renault ZOE.

In 2013, the LEAF was the best-selling electric vehicle in the United Kingdom, Spain, Denmark, Belgium, Italy, Sweden, and Finland.

And, 2014 is starting off with a bang, too. Nissan says January sales were up dramatically in Norway, the UK, and France. Year-over-year, those countries reported increases of 145 percent, 1,000 percent, and 240 percent, respectively.

And, the Nissan LEAF is having success here in the U.S. as well. In fact, in January, the LEAF nearly doubled its sales from last year.

Join with us in congratulating Nissan on its great success both in Europe and here in the U.S.

Nissan LEAF Owner Clocks 100,000 Electric Miles

Washington state driver, Steve Marsh reached 100,000 miles driven in his all-electric LEAF earlier this week. Governor Jay Islee and state Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson were on hand to congratulate him.

Marsh attributed this milestone to his long commute to work and easy access to charging facilities provided by both the state and his workplace.

“With a daily commute of about 130 miles, I’ve saved more than $9,000 compared to my old gas-powered car since I bought my LEAF,” said Marsh. “With plenty of public charging options, as well as a charger installed at my office, my LEAF is a perfect car for my commute.”

With the LEAF’s 75-mile electric driving range, Marsh only had to recharge twice a day. He also had fewer maintenance costs with the electric vehicle since he purchased it in 2011than he would have accrued with a gasoline car.

We at Nissan of Lake Charles are excited about this milestone. If you haven’t started recording your electric miles, stop by today. Start clocking your way to 100,000 miles in a new LEAF and enjoy all the savings that come with it.

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.

Nissan Leafs in High Demand

We’ve spent a lot of time talking about the positive impact the Nissan Leaf has had on our environment and the benefits it brings to its drivers both on the road and in their wallets. But today we have some bad news about the Nissan Leaf…sales are so high there’s not enough to go around! Erik Gottfried, Nissan’s director of electric vehicle sales and marketing, says the sales numbers for the past few months the numbers are much higher than expected. Combine this high demand with the lower production levels of the Nissan Leaf and that leads to more and more show rooms coming up short on inventory. A Nissan is aware of the issue with a representative being quoted saying “…[there’s] going to be a short on inventory all through the summer…”

One of the primary Nissan Leaf plants in Smyrna, Tennessee has a production capacity of 150,000 Leaf EVs annually. Unfortunately, this is production plant has yet to catch up to the surprisingly high demand. One of the primary reasons behind the demand increase is most likely due to the fact that the Nissan Leaf received a fairly decent price drop earlier in the year, not to mention the expansion of the primary marketing area of the model. With the West Coast being its primary market, excitement over the Leaf has spread to many major cities which includes a new third largest market holder, Atlanta.  Gottfried stated “we’re doing everything we can to get them more inventory. Bit its taking time… It will be late fall before we can produce enough to satisfy everybody.”

Play the Nissan GT Academy 2013

Have you ever wanted to get behind the wheel of Nissan 370Z or a Nissan Leaf and hit one of the world’s most well known race tracks? Well now you can! Polyphony Digital released the Nissan GT Academy 2013, technically it’s only a demo for the new Gran Turismo 6 title releases this winter but we’re not going to talk about that part! In this new Nissan GT Academy game (ok fine Gran Turismo 6 demo) the only available cars to use on the race events and the qualifying race is the 2013 Nissan 370Z and the 2013 Nissan Leaf.

In the demo, drivers will be able to get a real look and feel of how these two vehicles can handle the hairline turns and quick stops that when someone puts the peddle to the metal on several different race tracks around the world. To top it off, the Academy chooses the very fastest times to select who will be invited to go through a racing school at Silverstone in the UK. If you’re interested in seeing some of the action, check out the video below of a member of AutoBlog.com hitting the track in the Nissan 370Z and showing off his skills against the computer opponents!

Recent Victories for the LEAF

The all-new 2013 Nissan LEAF, available here at Nissan of Lake Charles, has been creating quite the buzz in recent months. Its newest accolade is the Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which recognized the LEAF as one of the safest vehicles on the market after four passenger safety tests—front, side, rollover, and rear crash simulations.

“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,” reported 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.”

This recognition comes shortly after a string of other successes for the LEAF. For example, the Nissan LEAF recently received standout fuel economy and range ratings from the EPA. On top of that, it was the second best-selling vehicle in all of Norway in April; U.S. sales reflected this success, as domestic sales also surged last month. Very recently, a UK police force ordered 30 brand new LEAFs, which was the largest LEAF order in the UK to date. And perhaps most exciting for consumers is the recent (and considerable) drop in price for the LEAF both here in the States and over in the UK, making electric driving even more manageable for drivers looking to make the switch.

For more information on the 2013 Nissan LEAF, swing by Nissan of Lake Charles today!

2013 Nissan LEAF officially rated at 115 MPGe

It’s pretty easy to tell by now that we here at Nissan of Lake Charles love to talk about our favorite green car, the Nissan LEAF of course! Thanks to the partners we’ve been closely working with we’ve made some pretty big leaps and bounds when it comes to make our planets a greener place for future generations. From continuously improving our electric and hybrid models, all the way to creating more fuel efficient public transportation vehicles to help lower CO2 emissions in big cities, we’re proud of the impact Nissan is having on the world. And today, we’re going to brag just a little bit more!

Not too long ago, the EPA officially finalized its 2013 Nissan LEAF numbers. The LEAF was rated at 115 miles per gallon equivalent (increasing from 99 in previous years) and a single charge range distance of 75 miles! Coming in higher than Nissan had estimated, this is just another chunk of good news for the 2013 Nissan LEAF which has had outstanding sales numbers during the first quarter of the year. These new improvements on top of the top safety rating the 2013 Nissan LEAF received will only increase the popularity in the future months! That means what we have in stock here in Lake Charles will go quick so stop on in today to test drive one today!

Nissan Leaf Thinks Out of the Box to Get People’s Attention

Everyone knows Nissan is working hard on build more and more charging stations to support the growing number of Nissan Leafs on the roads. These numbers are being supplemented by new programs to introduce the Nissan Leaf into public transit systems to help congested cities such as L.A. and Portland (just to name a few) reduce on carbon emissions. Well, Nissan has constructed numerous new plug in stations although these might be a little harder to get to, unless you live in a video game!

Earlier this month, Nissan teamed up with the developers of SimCity and created the “Nissan Leaf Charging Station” downloadable content (DLC for short) available for download for the game! These new in game charging stations are detailed to look exactly like a real life station (including the iconic blue Leafs “fueling up”) and even come with a little Nissan Leaf billboard for advertising. These stations will be available to SimCity gamers for the next six months.

Although this isn’t the first time car companies have teamed up with video game developers to throw in a little hidden advertisement. But the Nissan Leaf charging station is by far the most interactive guerilla marketing tactic yet! Learn more at Nissan of Lake Charles!