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 Leaf Rises to the Challenge with Regenerative Braking

Do you like good cars and pretty scenery? Then take a look at this video:

The two-minute clip depicts Neil Wagner, a Maui resident who climbs the volcano in Haleakalã National Park in his Nissan Leaf to catch a beautiful sunrise. The trip is no small task: after getting more than 10,000 feet above sea level, the Leaf has used about 84 percent of its usable battery capacity.

So how did he get back down? Not by refueling or recharging, but by using regenerative braking, a technology only available with an electric motor. In a typical car, braking represents a significant loss of energy. In the Leaf, regenerative braking gives some of that energy back. Each time Wagner applies his brakes on the way down the volcano, his battery recharges a little, allowing him to complete the trip back home.

If that sounds like the kind of technology you could get behind, check out the Leaf at Nissan of Lake Charles!

DIG-T R Proves Big Things Can Come in Small Packages

As the saying goes; big things can come in small packages… Nissan’s new DIG-T R, a
1.5-liter, 400 horsepower engine is no exception. Weighing an astonishing 88
pounds the engine can produce 280 pound-feet of torque, a power-to-weight ratio
that is suitable for a racecar – So that is just where Nissan plans to use it.

Nissan’s ZEOD RC will use the new engine in the historic 24 Hours Le Mans June
2014. Check out this Autoblog.com article for more information. The ZEOD RC is no stranger to making waves however, as it was one of the few hybrid racecars on the track. That’s right, a race car that can run at least one full lap exclusively on electric power before relying on its new and improved 3-clyinger engine. You can watch the
promo video with more details on the engine or read a Nissan press release here.

In a quote from that press release, Nissan’s Global Motorsport Director Darren
Cox, said “our engine team has done a truly remarkable job with the internal
combustion engine.” Although the fuel efficient little engines are not yet available
in consumer vehicles and nothing will likely match the thrill of driving a race
car, Nissan of Lake Charles offers a full line of similarly efficient and fun
to drive cars that you could drive off the lot today.