Nissan Expanding Network of Leaf Fast-Charging Stations across US

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.

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 Predicts a Future Full of EVs

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 Journal that 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!

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’s Autonomous LEAF Forges New Roads into the Future

We may not be flying like the Jetsons’ in their futuristic space car, but the car of the future is certainly here in the form of Nissan’s autonomous LEAF.

At the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies show (CEATEC), Nissan became “one of the very first public demonstrations of autonomous drive technology in Japan” according to a correspondent for Nissan Global Media Center.

Nissan showed off the capabilities of the autonomous LEAF, offering test drives to experience the car in action. Even Toyota’s CEO, Akio Toyodo, took a peek at the technologies it boasted.

Nissan’s Autonomous LEAF is equipped with five cameras and a sensory system that gather and process data from the world surrounding the car. With its zero emissions and the ability to carefully maneuver obstructions and other vehicles in its path, this revolutionary LEAF provides the best in safety and environmental responsibility.

After test driving the autonomous LEAF himself, Nissan’s CEO, Charles Ghosn, is “very encouraged” by the amount of technology the car encompasses compared to just two years prior.

Ghosn said in an interview, “The public senses that this is something of the future, something that they need and they will use. So now the pressure is on us, because we have launched this wave of attention on the technology. . . to make sure that we are going to be bringing the first cars on the market.”

The market introduction of Nissan’s autonomous car is, likely, not too far away. It’s hard to believe the future is here.

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.

Renault Nissan electric car sales pass the 100,000 mark

I’d like to apologize first because some of you might be getting tired of hearing us here at Nissan of Lake Charles bragging about Nissan’s amazing line of electric and hybrid cars. But we’re proud of the electric models we off as well as the accomplishments they’ve earned and continued to get recognized for. So today we’re going to talk about them again!

Renault-Nissan’s electric vehicles, which include the Nissan Leaf, have officially hit and surpassed the 100,000 sales mark. This amazing feat took only three years with the first Leaf hitting show room floors in Silicon Valley, California in 2010. The Leaf contributed more than 71,000 units to the total number and with the majority of those being sold in the US. The 100,000th EV sold from the alliance was a Nissan Leaf and was sold in Georgia, a new high market for the model.

The other side of this coin, Renault, sold 30,000 EVs since 2011 but has primarily been focusing on other segments. Interestingly though, their combined efforts with Nissan electric cars have saved over 14 million gallons of oil since the electric models have hit the streets. Combined, the electric vehicles have seen over 5.2 million ion-powered miles tick across their odometers which is pretty impressive considering the short time they’ve been around!

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!