No Charge to Charge Program Expands

No Charge to Charge Program

Nissan’s “No Charge to Charge” program makes owning an electric vehicle even more affordable than it already is. While drivers don’t need to stop to fill up at the gas station, they do need to charge their battery packs. With the purchase or lease of a new Nissan LEAF, drivers can do so for free for up to two years.

The two-year “No Charge to Charge” program offers drivers no-cost public charging which can save owners up to $1,000 over the course of the program. That’s a major chunk of change and, with the affordability of the LEAF already established, could change the minds of many drivers opposed to electric vehicles.

The new Nissan LEAF boasts a range of 107 miles. With the introduction of the “No Charge to Charge” program in Madison, Wisconsin, owners can travel to Milwaukee on just one charge.

“As a pioneer in bringing affordable EVs to the mass market, Nissan understands that EV owners want to be confident in their ability to drive longer distances and this program does just that,” said Brian Maragno, Nissan EV Sales and Marketing director.

Nissan has proven time and time again that they’re dedicated to making electric vehicle ownership affordable and available to a vast array of drivers. The latest rollout of the “No Charge to Charge” program further reinforces that dedication.

We here at Nissan of Lake Charles are happy to see more drivers gaining access to an incredible program!

Confused About Green Car Terms? Four Essential Words You Need to Know

Green Car Terms

2016 Nissan LEAF – 100% Electric Car

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!

Nissan LEAF Earns Second Consecutive IHS Automotive Loyalty Award

2016 Nissan LEAF

The Nissan LEAF has earned its second consecutive IHS Automotive Loyalty Award, proving that customers still can’t get enough of the all-electric Nissan car.

The LEAF was honored during the Automotive News World Congress held in conjunction with the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, which speaks even further to the award’s prestige.

Throughout the year, IHS Automotive analyzes loyalty among automotive consumers, determined when a household that already owns a new vehicle returns to the market to purchase or lease another new vehicle of the same make, model, or manufacturer.

“We know that Nissan LEAF drivers love the benefits of driving electric—zero spending on gas, quick acceleration and the feeling of driving an environmentally friendly vehicle, to name a few—which is why so many LEAF owners come back and buy another LEAF,” said Andrew Speaker, Nissan’s director of Electric Vehicle Sales and Marketing.

With more than 89,000 U.S. sales and 200,000 global sales, the Nissan LEAF is by far and away the best-selling all-electric car in the world. At Nissan of Lake Charles, its EPA-rated range of 107 miles on a single charge has given customers a taste of efficiency that has them constantly coming back.  What do you think of the Nissan LEAF?  Is it your number one choice for electric vehicle?

Nissan and BMW Partnership Promises Greater Access to Electricity

2016 Nissan LEAF

2016 Nissan LEAF

There are a lot of reasons to be excited about the future of cars, and not just because they’re finally starting to look like the shiny, sleek beauties we’ve been imagining they’d become since the 60s. Now is the era of the best efficiency, the greatest safety, and the all-around most widespread driving accessibility – and the new Nissan and BMW partnership is taking that last point to a whole other level.  This partnership may just change the way we see cars in the future!

2016 BMW i3

2016 BMW i3

Last month, Nissan announced its intent to, alongside the worldwide engineering giant, BMW, supply the U.S. with 120 new dual fast chargers for the Nissan LEAF and the BMW i3. And no, this isn’t just intended to help Nissan and BMW (though it certainly does); the creation of these 120 locations is also meant to support the widespread adoption of electric vehicles across the country.

The charging stations will be coming to 19 states for now, but keep an eye out for one near your home someday soon! We’re sure this new Nissan and BMW partnership is only the beginning of Nissan’s electric, eco-friendly push.

Tell us at Nissan of Lake Charles, if you are not currently driving an electric vehicle, would you switch to one if there were more charging stations?

Next-Generation Nissan LEAF Should Get 310 Miles on a Single Charge

 

Nissan LEAFThe Nissan LEAF has now surpassed the Prius as the most popular and ubiquitous nameplate in the hybrid/electric vehicle market. With tons of technology, standard features, and—of course—incredible efficiency, it’s no wonder customers and critics alike both love the LEAF. Now, the next-generation LEAF will take that formula to an all-new level with a range that allows the electric car to go 310 miles on a single charge.

While the Next-Generation Nissan LEAF will come farther in the future, the 2016 model currently gets 110 miles on a single charge, thanks to a new, more powerful battery. This increase is already an improvement on the 2015 model, which had a range of 84 miles. While the 110-mile range is impressive, the next-generation LEAF is sure to knock the socks off of the industry.

Nissan just premiered a prototype of the vehicle, which comes with a new electric powertrain to push that range up over 300 miles on a single charge. Obviously, an electric vehicle with the same range as a gas-powered vehicle would be quite a welcome innovation to the new car market. For more information about the future of the LEAF electric car, make sure you stop by Nissan Lake of Charles in the future.

Nissan’s Glow in the Dark LEAF Lights Up Smart Highway

If you didn’t know there was such-a-thing as a glow in the dark car, now you do thanks to Nissan! The automaker was the first one to bring the eye-popping, neon color to life. Nissan’s glow in the dark LEAF recently made its way down the luminous Smart Highway in the Netherlands, and it was pretty amazing.

With the innovative glow in the dark paint developed by Nissan in Europe, the LEAF is definitely one of the most recognizable cars there is right now! The special paint technology was created in efforts to encourage people to convert solar energy at home. The glow in the dark paint actually absorbs UV energy during the day and then glows for 8-10 hours after the sun goes down.

The Smart Highway that the LEAF was displayed on was developed by Daan Roosegaarde in order to help drivers see better in the dark, while also saving energy that would have been used in street lights. Roosegaarde said, “To have the world’s first glow in the dark car on our road is a privilege, and it mirrors goals that we want to achieve with our Smart Highway.”

Nissan has been a key leader in creating innovative products like the 100% organic glow in the dark park coating the LEAF, which is used to help inspire other products and people to think and act more efficiently.

For more information about the glow in the dark LEAF or Smart Highway, please visit us at Nissan of Lake Charles.

Nissan Pulls Some Pranks with #WorldsCleanestCar LEAF

With its zero-emissions electric technology, the Nissan LEAF is already a pretty clean car, but earlier this year, Nissan showed us how it was getting even cleaner with a prototype nano-paint technology that repels dirt, oil, and water.

Now, Nissan is taking the #WorldsCleanestCar to social media with fun videos, games and interactions. In the first installment, Nissan has released “The Nissan Paint Prank” where innocent bystanders witness a paint crew “accidentally” spill paint all over the

LEAF. Lucky for them, the paint just rolls right off.

Viewers can then turn to Instagram for a fun “Guess the Mess” challenge. There, fans try to guess what liquid is being poured on the LEAF. Next, they can participate in the “Will It Stick?” game where fans can suggest things they’d like to see dumped on the LEAF and then Nissan will choose a few suggestions and try them out.

Fans can follow along with all the fun on Instagram with the hashtag #WorldsCleanestCar.

Nissan doesn’t have any plans to use this high-tech coating on production models, but is still considering it for an aftermarket option.

Will you be playing along in the #WorldsCleanestCar LEAF games?

Nissan CEO Mentions 249-Mile Range Nissan Leaf

2013_Nissan_LEAF_05In a recent interview, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn quietly revealed something huge about the next model of the Nissan Leaf, according to the Tokyo-based website Daily Kanban. Ghosn apparently claims that an upcoming model of the Leaf would have a 249-mile range.

To compare, current Nissan Leaf models just barely crack an 80-mile range. This would be huge for the company, which explains why it might be keeping the details under wraps for as long as possible.

Ghosn said the 249-range Leaf model “could be no more than one model cycle away,” meaning it would have to be one of the very next Nissan Leaf models. This would be serious competition for the Tesla Model S, with Nissan holding a significant price advantage.

We at Nissan of Lake Charles are astounded to hear about this 249-mile range Nissan Leaf and are hopeful it could be true. While this miraculous Nissan Leaf has yet to even be confirmed, we have many current Leaf models here at our dealership for you to take home.

Nissan Makes Biggest Gains in Fuel Efficiency

The Environmental Protection Agency has released its annual fuel efficiency report and Nissan has made the biggest gains in fuel efficiency. The report compares model years 2012 and 2013. Nissan’s 2013 lineup hit an average fuel efficiency of 26.2 mph, a gain of 2.1 mpg over the previous year.

gains in fuel efficiency

While Nissan’s average fuel efficiency doesn’t give it the most fuel-efficient lineup, it did make the biggest improvements when compared to other automakers. The report does not include electric cars, like the popular Nissan LEAF. If it did, Nissan’s average fuel efficiency would surely be even higher.

“Achieving good fuel economy is not a miracle,” says Pierre Loing, vice president of Nissan product planning, in a statement. “You need to work on weight reduction, aerodynamic and frictions [and] powertrain.”

The biggest change in fuel efficiency came from the Nissan Pathfinder, which increased its miles per gallon by 30 percent. The Altima also made big improvements with fuel efficiency ratings of 22 mpg city, 30 mpg highway—a gain of 15%.

Come see which fuel-efficient Nissan vehicle will fit your lifestyle at Nissan of Lake Charles.

Nissan Sponsors National Drive Electric Week

To celebrate National Drive Electric Week (September 15-21), Nissan has announced its involvement as the exclusive automotive sponsor for more than 130 green events nationwide. More than 60,000 US consumers drive the electric Nissan LEAF, making this sponsorship a natural fit for the automaker.

“With more than 60,000 US sales and 50 percent market share among pure EVs this year, Nissan is the natural sponsor of National Drive Electric Week,” said Toby Perry, Nissan’s director of Electric Vehicle Marketing. “At events across the country, drivers of Nissan LEAF and other electric cars will get together to spread the word about the benefits of driving electric – lower operating costs, zero tailpipe emissions, and they are just fun to drive.”

National Drive Electric Week first began in 2011, at which time it was a series of local events meant to spread awareness about plug-in vehicles. The event, then called National Plug In Day, was organized by Plug In America, Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association, and has since been celebrated annually. In 2013, more than 35,000 people participated at 100 gatherings across the country.

Nissan LEAF sales continue to skyrocket, up 34 percent this year, mostly due to customer advocacy. “LEAF owners have become our most effective marketers. Their enthusiasm for their LEAF and its benefits drives family, friends and co-workers to consider and purchase one for themselves,” said Perry. “This has a viral effect, where one LEAF sale in a neighborhood or office often triggers several additional sales.”

Stop by Nissan of Lake Charles and test drive a LEAF for yourself!