For 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 is celebrating 10 years of partnership with Habitat for Humanity with a new $1 million grant that will go toward building affordable, sustainable homes for families in need of decent housing, and to support Habitat’s disaster response efforts.
Nissan will also donate five Nissan NV commercial vehicles or Nissan Frontier trucks to Habitat affiliates committed to sustainable construction practices.
The automaker has been helping Habitat in numerous ways since 2005, when it partnered with the organization to help in the relief effort following Hurricane Katrina and Rita. At the time, Nissan donated 50 trucks and mobilized employees to assist in building homes.
Over the last 10 years, Nissan has contributed more than $13 million to Habitat for Humanity in North America, donated an additional 78 vehicles, and logged more than 70,000 volunteer hours to help build 63 homes and serve 569 families across the country. Those are just some of the highlights from the company’s 10 years withHabitat for Humanity. Blackburn Nissan couldn’t be more proud to be part the efforts.
Recently, the Nissan brand—a major sponsor of the UEFA Champions League—revealed a new, exciting version of the e-NV200 at the League Final match. The special e-NV200, called the “PART e-VAN,” showed up to rock the Olympiastadion in Berlin. The awesome van is basically a Nissan’s mobile party van, with awesome disco capabilities and more.
The van comes with a disco ball solar panel array, which allows the van’s roof to absorb sunlight and turn it right into juice for the perfect party. The vehicle also comes with an augmented reality system—including two screens that allow you to project that augmented reality on the sides of the van. Basically, the augmented reality system allows you to jump into your favorite party scenario and then show it off to all your friends via social media.
The van also has a DJ booth, a cocktail mixer, an LED dance floor, and all kinds of other features. The electronic mobile party machine, after its debut in Berlin, will continue to scoot its way around Europe. It will show up next at the 24 Hour of Le Mans. “Nissan has time and again proven its commitment to electric cars, and as we electrify Berlin with the 100% electric e-NV200 here at the Olympiastadion – it’s the energy from our fans that inspires us to innovate,” said Bastien Schupp, Vice President of Marketing for Nissan Europe.
Every year Nissan finds new ways to excite drivers. Less than a year ago, Nissan introduced the next big thing when it comes to in-car entertainment and connectivity. Drivers around the world love the new NissanConnect with Mobile Apps system in their new Altima, Rogue, Sentra, and more!
This new system allows drivers and their passengers to stay connected while out on the road. NissanConnect uses information from hand-held devices to personalize the driving experience. Drivers can connect with their social media sites such as Facebook through their in-car infotainment system. Drivers can also enjoy apps like Pandora Radio and iHeartRadio while cruising down the interstate. Along with apps, the system can also connect you to others via text messaging and Bluetooth. For example, drivers can get their messages read to them and respond completely hands-free.
The NissanConnect system is so innovative that it received an award at the Telematics Detroit Conference for being a cutting-edge Industry Newcomer. People who voted for the award liked the system’s ability to keep people connected while being able to focus on the road, a huge issue in among drivers across the globe.
The newest NissanConnect with Mobile Apps system is available on some of the models we carry here at Blackburn Nissan! Swing by the dealership to see how Nissan’s system can work for you.