As of January 2019, Nissan has sold more than 360,000 Leaf models since debuting back in 2011. Considering the number of batteries they produce, the Japanese automaker has come up with a few ideas on how to recycle them. Their latest (and greatest) is a smart pop-up concept camper developed in partnership with off-road camping manufacturer Opus and powered by recycled Nissan Leaf battery cells.
At last, the Nissan LEAF e+ has been announced featuring improved battery technology resulting in a power boost and longer range. This is the next-generation of 100% electric cars that could top the charts once again, especially considering what’s on offer. Nissan’s design team has certainly done their due diligence despite competing against the Tesla Model 3 and Chevrolet Bolt. They’ve incorporated several upgrades into the new model that will appeal even more to the eco-conscious motorist of today.
At the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, Nissan introduced their new ‘Nissan Energy’ program. The aim of the concept is to make electric vehicles even more useful to its owner. They plan on introducing new convenient ways to utilise the batteries’ ability to store and share energy by connecting electric cars with homes, businesses and power grids. Additionally, Nissan also wants to develop systems for recovering old batteries so they can be recycled and reused.
For many, Nissan Intelligent Mobility (NIM) is seen as the future of motoring and for good reason. While many large car manufacturers apply advanced technology to their vehicles, some simply do it a little better without making the customer foot a hefty bill. With a focus on their Intelligent Mobility, Nissan is certainly a frontrunner able to deliver exceptional technology without demanding premium prices, unlike many of their rivals.
‘The Reborn Light’ sounds like something award winning author of high fantasy, the late Robert Jordan, might have written. In reality, this project is anything but fiction. In association with its affiliate (4R Energy Corporation) Nissan has brought life and light back to the streets of the tsunami-struck town of Namie, Japan, using reclaimed LEAF batteries.
By now we all know that e-cars are the way of the future. Renewable energy technology is developing quickly to keep up with the demand of a growing population, with consumers and automakers working in tandem to develop multi-faceted solutions that go beyond mere transport.
The all new 2018 Nissan LEAF lent its support to Disney’s reimagined A Wrinkle in Time at the film’s premier. Three state-of-the-art LEAFs went to makeup and wardrobe with acclaimed fabricators, Vehicle Effects (who also brought us the recent Star Wars homages). These transformation gurus neatly captured the spirits of the fairy godmother-like characters: Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who and Mrs Which.
The concept of car sharing is being implemented on a global scale with Nissan recently introducing their car sharing service in Japan. It’s called e-share mobi and will be available from 15 January 2018 featuring the brand new Nissan Leaf and the Nissan Note e-POWER. Drivers and passengers can experience the company’s advanced electrification and intelligence technologies without footing the bill of buying a new car.
While our enlightened-, environmentally conscious selves cannot help but laud (what we privately think of as the) electric car fad, the realist in each of us keeps a list of reasons why electric cars are impractical. Oh, sure a little electric number is fine if all you want to do is zip around town, with a restricted range between work, the grocery store and (less frequently) mom’s house. In fact, you’d quite like an electric car … but there is that yearly vacation up the coast, with the loaded trunk, harsh gravel ways and hundreds of kilometres of desolate (electric plug-less) road. Ideally, you’d like to keep an electric car for the humdrum, everyday life and a real car for the vacation. But who can afford two cars these days? Well, we’d like to introduce you to Chris and Julie Ramsey; their all-electric Nissan LEAF; and the Mongol Rally.
Since 2010 when the first Leaf was launched, Nissan has dominated the electric vehicle segment in the market, with sales figures that show the Leaf as the top selling EV in the United States for several years. That being said, the car company has not been resting on its laurels. Quite the opposite in fact and the result of a constant strive to improve and develop new technologies and grow the EV market further, Nissan has just released the new second generation Leaf. And it was well worth the wait.