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.
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.
It’s well known that weather can have a huge effect on the range of your all-electric car, whether it’s bitter cold or scorching heat. How drastic can that change be though? According to FleetCarma, the best possible range of the Nissan LEAF is still over 100 miles, one of the highest in its class.
The data collected, which examines just how well all-electric cars drive in extreme conditions, shows that the LEAF’s average range of 64 miles can be increased to 106 miles, easily out driving the Chevrolet Volt, which received an average range of 26 miles. All you have to do is change a few of your driving habits to increase your LEAF’s range.
In order to increase your Nissan LEAF’s range in extreme weather conditions, utilize your regenerative braking as much as possible on clear roads, ensuring that your battery will keep receiving charges throughout your trip. Also, preheat or cool the cabin before you unplug your vehicle from its charging station. This will ensure you won’t lose your power before setting off on your next adventure!