Category Archives: LEAF

Nissan EVs at UEFA Final Match in Milan

Nissan acted as the official global sponsor of the Union of European Football Association Championship League final, which took place from May 26th-28th. As an official sponsor, Nissan supplied the event with over a hundred electric vehicles for transporting guests and officials during the tournament. Nissan EVs at the UEFA final included Nissan LEAFs and e-NV2000s.

2016 Nissan LEAF
2016 Nissan LEAF

The UEFA final took place in Milan, where Nissan is partnering with the clean energy company A2A to sponsor the installation of 17 public electric vehicle chargers, most of which will remain free after the UEFA final.

Nissan was given the honor of transporting the UEFA trophy to the Duomo di Milano fan festival on Thursday in a special e-NV2000 and then to the San Siro stadium in a LEAF on Saturday, May 28th, the day of the match.

Nissan also sponsored the UEFA final last season, which took place in Berlin. There, Nissan installed charging ports and provided EVs at that event. According to Gareth Dunsmore, the Director of Electric Vehicles for Nissan Europe, the brand was excited to be able to do it again in Milan.

A Look at Five Years of the Nissan LEAF

2015 Nissan LEAF
Nissan LEAF

The Nissan LEAF is the best-selling all-electric vehicle on the planet, with almost 200,000 models sold since its launch in 2010. In the first five years of the Nissan LEAF, the world has seen immense changes in the way we think about electric vehicles. Now, at the start of 2016, electric power is more relevant and popular than ever, and no small part of that is thanks to the widespread excellence and popularity of the Nissan LEAF.

As stated, the Nissan LEAF hit American streets in December of 2010. The name LEAF stands for Leading Environmentally-friendly Affordable Family car; while it’s not the smoothest acronym, it sure does get the point across. Nissan’s research into battery electric power has been underway for a long while, but it first came to public attention at the Los Angeles International Auto Show in 1997 when Nissan released its all-electric Nissan Altra. Nissan had the technology to manufacture electric vehicles, but not the ability to do so in a way to make it affordable for the average consumer–until the Nissan LEAF.

In the five years of the Nissan LEAF, a lot has changed.  The price of the LEAF’s lithium battery has dropped from $18,000 USD to about $300 USD per unit. Electric vehicles and charging stations have spread across the nation. The future is looking brighter–and cleaner! We can’t wait to see what Nissan will bring us in the next five years.

Renault-Nissan Delivers Electric Vehicles for COP21 Climate Change Summit

zero emissionsFor an upcoming summit on climate change held in Paris, called the COP21 (Conference of Parties), Renault and Nissan have volunteered their services. Providing LEAF, ZOE, and e-NV200 electric and alternative fuel models as shuttles, the automakers give conference attendees the ability to get around while still being eco-friendly.

According to Nissan, over two hundred employees will promote Renault-Nissan’s leadership in electric vehicles at the COP21 Climate Change Summit in Paris. After completing a course on safe driving and EV technology, these employees are set to man 200 pure-electric vehicles.

“Helping negotiators get to their meetings, riding in quiet and smooth EVs that can be 100 percent recharged with renewable and extremely low-carbon electricity, sends a powerful message about our corporate commitment to the environment – and about our employees’ desire to be part of the solution to climate change,” said Marie-Francoise Damesin, Renault-Nissan’s global head of human resources.

Why is this important? Renault-Nissan seeks to demonstrate that electric and alternative energy are not radical ideas anymore. Electric vehicles can be practical, easy to use, and even fun. While areas like Paris have electric charge ports and electric rental vehicles, other countries have been slower to adopt such technologies.

Nissan America’s Employer Rank Reaches Top 50 and 2nd Among Car Companies

Want to work at one of the best places in America? According to a Forbes survey of “America’s Best Employers,” Nissan ranks among the top 50 companies to work for in the US, placing second among auto manufacturers. Nissan North America divisions employ a variety of workers in different departments ranging from automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing to sales, marketing, distribution, and manufacturing sectors.

Nissan is a growing global company with a large domestic presence in the US. With compelling, appealing, and durable vehicles, such as the Nissan Leaf–the best-selling EV in history, the company sold 5.2 million vehicles globally last year.

2015 Nissan LEAF
2015 Nissan LEAF

“Nissan has been able to achieve the kind of rapid growth that we’ve enjoyed in the US because of the hard work and dedication of our more than 22,000 team members,” said Scott Becker, senior vice president, Administration and Finance for Nissan North America.

We’re proud of Nissan America’s employer rank and to be part of one of the fastest growing auto manufacturers. Be sure to stop by Blackburn Nissan to share in our enthusiasm.

Nissan Unshutters its Glow-in-the-Dark LEAF EV

2015 Nissan LEAF
2015 Nissan LEAF

There were already plenty of reasons to love the Nissan LEAF. After all, it’s not the world’s best-selling EV for nothing. But that didn’t stop Nissan from making a totally cool, glow-in-the-dark LEAF model either. In true LEAF fashion, too, the car glows thanks to a secret formula of all-organic materials.

Of course, these organic materials also make the car somewhat impractical from a mass-market standpoint—at least for right now. But, as a Nissan press release noted, if the technology is ever implemented, it will be both valuable and durable. “It contains a very rare natural earth product called Strontium Aluminate, which is solid, odorless, and chemically and biologically inert,” the press release stated. “Nissan’s unique paint, if made commercially available, would last for 25 years.”

We don’t know if we’ll ever see the Nissan LEAF glowing in the dark as a market vehicle, but we can always hope. It’s cool to see the brand offering such innovative technologies, yet finding ways to make those technologies as green as the car’s powertrain. Come see us at Blackburn Nissan to learn more about what Nissan has in store.

Nissan LEAF Only Plug-In to Earn 2014 IHS Automotive Loyalty Award

2014 Nissan LEAF
2014 Nissan LEAF

When the Nissan LEAF was first introduced, many people were hesitant to take going green to such an extreme level. Now, the electric vehicle has not only become a leader in the electric vehicle segment, but has also become the only plug-in vehicle honored as a 2014 IHS Automotive Loyalty Award winner.

“Since entering the market in 2010, the Nissan LEAF has steadily gained supporters throughout the US,” said Toby Perry, director of marketing for the Nissan LEAF. “While the majority of original buyers were electric vehicle enthusiasts, we’re now seeing more and more ‘regular’ car buyers fall in love with LEAF because of its many financial benefits, fun-to-drive nature, and roomy interior.”

To be considered worthy of the Loyalty Award, a vehicle much have a reputation for making customers continue to choose the same make and model when shopping for a new car. With seating for up to five people, along with an EPA-estimated driving range of 84 miles, it’s easy to see why the LEAF has created such a loyal following.

If you are interested in learning more about the Nissan LEAF and other great, fuel-efficient vehicles in the Nissan lineup, stop in to Blackburn Nissan’s showroom.

Nissan Admits that It’s Preparing a Battery with a 250 Mile EV Range

250 mile ev rangeThe Nissan brand already boasts America’s best-selling EV, the Nissan LEAF, but it’s not content to stop there. A secret recently came to light—Nissan is currently in the process of creating a new battery with a 250 mile EV range. The new battery, if it’s real and successful, will transform the EV market completely—and push Nissan even further into the lead.

“[w]e continue our R&D efforts because we believe that we can do more with battery electric, and very soon take the issue of range off of the table,” said Jeff Kuhlman, Nissan’s head spokesman said. “In other words, cars with a comparable range to today’s petrol vehicles.”

That would indeed be a huge accomplishment. Range is generally the biggest obstacle to converting customers to EV technology—it’s simply not practical for some people, no matter how quickly the cars can be recharged. Hopefully, soon, that objection will be a thing of the past. Come see us at Blackburn Nissan to learn more!

Nissan LEAF Electric Vehicle Sales Sets Record for Second Straight Year

The Nissan Leaf is all about taking life to the next level. Sure, it’s an EV with low emissions and high fuel economy numbers, allowing owners to take their conservation efforts up a notch. But, it’s also much more than just an EV; it’s as reliable and valuable of a model as any of Nissan’s other small car offerings. It all adds up to an unprecedented and unmatched combination of revolutionary technology, practicality, and style.

New car owners have been taking notice, right from the very first moment the Nissan Leaf hit the market. It’s already sold over 142,000 units worldwide, with over 64,000 units sold just in the United States. Last year, the Leaf set a record for most electric vehicle sales in a year. This year, it set that record all over again.

“With nearly 20 electric cars or plug-in hybrid models on the road today, Nissan LEAF remains at the head of the class, outselling the nearest competitor by 50 percent through September,” said Brendan Jones, director of Nissan electric vehicle Sales and Infrastructure. “Since the initial launch in 2010 our primary goal is to bring electric vehicles to the mass market in a practical and fun-to-drive package, and we continue to deliver electric cars to more new buyers than anyone else.”

We’ve still got two months to make many more Nissan Leaf converts, so come see us here at Blackburn Nissan to check out the Leaf and help us push that Nissan Leaf electric vehicle sales record even higher.

Nissan Commissions Reverse Graffiti Mural in London Powered by LEAF

Not many people can make a statement while cleaning walls, but that’s exactly what reverse graffiti founder and artist Moose did when Nissan commissioned him to create a mural in London using power from the Nissan LEAF.

reverse graffiti mural in London
2014 Nissan LEAF

Reverse graffiti is the art of using a jet washer to clean layers of dirt and grime from walls, creating an artistic design. Moose’s mural of the London skyline on a subway wall in Waterloo, London is a clear picture of the damage caused by vehicle exhaust and the power of the zero emissions Nissan LEAF.

“This piece of art is a striking call to action that air quality is one of the biggest issues facing the citizens and visitors of Europe’s largest cities today,” said Jean-Pierre Diernaz, Nissan Europe’s EV director. “It is a reminder that electric vehicles don’t have an exhaust to emit the kind of air pollution which has stained the wall Moose has created his piece on. Working with Moose to highlight the effect of air quality on our cities through a piece of art powered by the Nissan LEAF is an exciting and powerful way of reminding people about the benefits of zero emission vehicles.”

We at Blackburn Nissan are incredibly impressed with the reverse graffiti mural. We’re even more impressed with the positive impact even a single LEAF can have.

LEAF Has an Alter Ego as a Mini Pickup Truck

Nissan has turned its ecofriendly LEAF into a mini pickup truck, and it is sensational! Snipping off basically the entire rear end of the car, the brand added an adjusted Nissan Frontier pickup bed to the back.

mini pickup truck
2014 Nissan LEAF

The revolutionary tiny pickup is named Sparky, which is fitting for a car with so much pizzazz. Unfortunately, it’s not going to be made a part of Nissan’s repertoire, at least not yet. Fox News seems to think that Sparky has a real chance, saying, “The last time a few of (Nissan’s) engineers got crazy and stuffed the twin-turbo all-wheel-drive powertrain from the GT-R into a Juke, it ended up being so popular that they offered a limited run.”  If Sparky had the same option to become available to consumers, there is little doubt that the mini pickup truck would be available for more than just a short time. Better yet, it would be a completely electric truck!

Fingers crossed that Sparky makes it out onto roads in the near future. It could start an era of efficient micro trucks. In the meantime, head on over to Blackburn Nissan and try out some of our familiar, reliable models!