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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 and Scoot Networks Partner to Study Transportation

It was announced in mid-October that a Nissan and Scoot Networks partnership will lead the companies to study the future of electric transportation. Scoot Networks is a mobility service that provides shared, electric scooters that locals can borrow and ride around San Francisco.

Scoot has added 10 Nissan New Mobility Concept vehicles, also known as the Scoot Quad, to Scoot Networks’ fleet. The Scoot Quad is a fully electric two-seater that is ideal for urban city driving thanks to its low top speed and 40-mile driving range.

Nissan and Scoot officials have expressed their excitement at their compatibility with each other, citing their shared commitment to low emissions and to exploring the changing world of urban transportation. The Scoot Quad is the first four-wheel vehicle in Scoot’s fleet, which has previously only included mopeds and scooters. Scoot officials are glad to diversity their lineup.

For San Francisco residents, you can get access to a Scoot vehicle by downloading the Scoot app for iOS and Android. Rides are $8 per hour or $80 a day.

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The e-NV200 Gets Turned into Nissan’s Mobile Party Van

party peopleRecently, 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.

Nissan Named 2015 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

Nissan isn’t just about making efficient vehicles. The automaker also places high priority on efficiently making those vehicles for customers. As a result, Nissan has been honored with the prestigious 2015 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence Award.

The award is the highest one given to top organizations that have shown commitment to doing what it takes to protect the environment by utilizing more energy efficient operations.

This is Nissan’s fourth year in a row earning the award.

In 2014, Nissan improved upon its operations by using a more efficient LED lighting, fixing compressed air leaks, and adopting a new, eco-friendly paint process that cuts energy use by 30%.

With these improvements, Nissan was able to cut back on energy used to build its vehicles by an overall 13% during 2014. That is enough energy to power over 5,400 homes for a year!

“Our commitment to the environment doesn’t stop with changes to our own operations, but we also go out in the community to help others identify ways to save energy,” said John Martin, Nissan’s senior vice president of Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management, and Purchasing.

“We work with schools in middle Tennessee and central Mississippi to help them reach their energy savings goals. Since this initiative began in 2012, we’ve helped about 30 schools make the esteemed ENERGY STAR certification list.”

Nissan will be recognized for its continuing efforts at an awards ceremony in Washington DC on April 20th, and we at Blackburn Nissan couldn’t be prouder.

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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 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’s Fuel Efficiency Improves Dramatically

Nissan's Fuel Efficiency
2014 Nissan Maxima

We at Blackburn Nissan are proud to tell you that Nissan has dramatically improved its overall fuel efficiency for 2013.  In fact, it has improved at a greater degree than any other US automaker.  And, while it may not be on top, it’s getting very, very close.  If it continues its healthy trend, that may happen soon.

The overall efficiency numbers are calculated by taking an average of a company’s entire product line.  In 2012, Nissan’s average was 24.1 miles per gallon.  After calculations had been completed and the smoke (or rather, emissions) had cleared, Nissan’s fuel efficiency numbers were 26.2 in 2013.  That’s a whopping 2.1 increase!

Fuel efficiency can be improved a number of ways.  Between 2012 and 2013, Nissan put its Altima line on a diet, cutting its weight by 80 lbs.  That’s one way to help.  Nashville Public Radio reported Pierre Loing, vice president of product planning at Nissan, as saying, “Achieving good fuel economy is not a miracle.  You need to work on weight reduction, aerodynamics, frictions and powertrain.”

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!