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.
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.
The 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!
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.