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.
It is no secret that the majority of modern automakers are working towards realizing the reality of self-driving cars. While this technology is, in all practicality, still some ways off, there’s nothing wrong with getting excited about the baby-steps in that direction. ProPILOT Assist, by Nissan, is one such step. The test version was installed in the Serena minivan but the system is intended to come standard with the 2018 model of Nissan’s electric pièce de résistance: the Nissan LEAF.
Sustainability gurus, eco-enthusiasts and electric car lovers alike can rejoice. Always looking for ways to contribute to a better, more sustainable future, Nissan South Africa has partnered with the uYilo e-Mobility, a division of the Technology Innovation Agency, to showcase the incredible energy storage capacity of the Nissan LEAF battery and how it can be integrated into our lives as more than just an electric car. The Technology Innovation Agency was established “to fast track the development and commercialisation of key technologies that will primarily support the electric vehicle (EV) industry, with supplementary support towards electric mobility (eMobility) as a whole.”
The Nissan LEAF is the top-selling electric car in history, and an all-new, second generation LEAF model is set to arrive soon! It has been about seven years since the Nissan LEAF electric car debuted in December 2010 (as a 2011 model), and now Nissan is ready for the launch of their re-designed, sophisticatedly improved second generation model.
With popular competitor cars, such as the Chevy Bolt and Tesla model 3, stealing Nissan’s thunder, a new LEAF is called for – and Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has hinted that something big is on the horizon.
“Our electric cars have the world’s highest share of market, but maybe not the highest share of voice,’ Ghosn said. Adding that the ZOE “is not two, or three years down the road, it is now.”
Nissan’s LEAF is the world’s most popular and best selling electric vehicle, but what happens to its battery when it comes to the end of its drive life?
Once an electric car battery pack’s ability to store energy drops below 70% of its original storage capacity it is deemed to be no longer suitable for driving – but this doesn’t mean that it is no longer useful. Nissan has recently announced that they will be recycling the Nissan LEAF’s battery and creating a stationary power bank that will be able to store energy either from renewable sources or from the mains during off peak for use in off peak or blackouts.
We are used to Nissan creating monstrously fun and insane vehicles. Between the GT-R and the NISMO range, there is pretty much nothing that Nissan can do that will surprise us any more. Except when they created this insane little bakkie. A cross between the Nissan Navara and the Nissan LEAF, this one of a kind bakkie is simply too cool!
Faced with the problem of moving tools and light machinery around the Nissan Technical Center, most people would probably use a Nissan NP200. After all the Nissan NP200 has a great load bed and is really great to drive. But the guys at Nissan are always pushing forward, so instead of taking the easy way out, they decided to create a completely new breed of vehicle.
It is not often that another car maker does something so big that the whole world takes notice, but Elon Musk’s recent announcement that they had developed a battery system designed specifically for home and office use is seriously big news not only for the motoring industry but the whole of Africa.
It seems that the Nissan LEAF is becoming more than just an exciting car – now it has teamed up with NASA to develop and advance autonomous vehicle systems as well as to develop and expand the commercial application of this new technology.
These days graffiti is seen as an urban art form, primarily because there are many talented graffiti artists out there. Now artist Moose who specialises in “grime writing” has been commissioned to create an awe-inspiring artwork, in Waterloo, of London’s beautiful skyline. The jet washer used to clean the wall (or ‘paint’) was powered by a Nissan Leaf to place emphasis on London’s ongoing battle with its poor air quality and encourage people to switch to EVs.