It’s unclear as to what exactly the car of tomorrow is going to be like, but you can bet that every manufacturer out there has their own ideas as to what the car of the future should be, and deliver to the customer. However, one thing for certain is that race to deliver the car of future is on and Nissan is the latest automotive powerhouse to announce they’re revving up their investment in research and development.
The Renault-Nissan alliance is the fourth largest auto manufacture in the world, with sales of just under 5 million vehicles in 2012. Earlier this year Nissan made a bold statement to become a leader in this field by opening a research lab in Silicon Valley, which plays home to around 60 Nissan engineers. Nissan’s CEO feels this new research lab is going to play a large role in driving the company forward and helping deliver market innovations that will give Nissan the edge.
It’s an exciting time in the automotive world and Nissan’s future development is going be largely focused on the hybrid, electric and even a driverless Nissan range. The latest craze in the automotive world is the driverless car. Although not a new concept, the driverless car could be on our roads and commonplace by the end of the decade.
Nissan believe that the electric range is going to play an important role in the breakthrough of these technologies. The electric range will be capturing data from every single electric car, every time they are used. They will be using this data to help create the driver-less car.
However, the uptake in the Nissan electric range has been lower than expected and as of February this year only 50,000 Nissan Leafs had been sold. Many believe the reason for this is due to the charging infrastructure. Ghosn says” People who are interested in the electric range are hesitant largely because of the infrastructure”. With only 8,000 charging stations across the US (compared to the 130,000 conventional gas stations) there still seems a long way to go.
The world of automobiles will change drastically over the next decade and Nissan is working as hard as possible to make sure their vehicles are using the latest technologies and that they position themselves as a market leader. The world of electric cars, driver-less cars and technology within cars is something that Nissan is looking to bet the house on.
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Along with the launch of Nissan’s electric vehicle, the LEAF, came an opportunity for the company to expand its labor force. In order to produce the 2011 Nissan LEAF, Nissan needed to manufacture lithium-ion batteries (the main power source for the electric vehicle) – a practice that Nissan’s standard manufacturing plants were unable to perform.
So in order to produce the much needed batteries Nissan decided to open a new lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant in Smyrna, Tennessee. Ground was broken for the plant this past week and, in just a few short months, the plant will soon be open … creating over 1,300 jobs! That’s right, I said: 1,300 jobs!
The Smyrna plant will be 1.3 million square feet and will have a maximum capacity of producing around 200,000 batteries a year – this makes the plant one of the largest vehicle battery manufacturing plants in North America! In 2012 the plant will begin to manufacturing the body of the Nissan LEAF, in addition to the lithium-ion batteries. Nissan anticipates that the plant will produce around 150,000 LEAF vehicles in a given year.
The Nissan LEAF is a revolutionary machine – it is the first mass produced vehicle to drive up to 100 miles with out an ounce of gas! However, because of its unique ability to be powered by a battery, opposed to the traditional gas engine, there are some concerns about this one-of-a-kind machine.
The vehicle is so quiet that people fear for accidents involving blind pedestrians. If the vehicle is unable to be heard by a blind pedestrian, the pedestrian may walk into the path of the person driving the LEAF, unknowingly.
So, in order to make sure this does not happen, Nissan has decided to put a ‘whistle’ on its LEAF. When the vehicle is going under 19 miles an hour (the speed it is least likely to be heard by pedestrians), the car will make a whistling sound to alert pedestrians that it is near. Pretty cool, huh?
As the arrival of Nissan’s electric car, the LEAF, approaches, many people are concerned about how to get their hands on one. We all know that there is a reservation process that needs to be done in order to purchase one, but just how does one go about doing that? Well, I am here to tell you to worry no more! I am going to explain all of the tips and tricks to reserve your space in line!
First and Foremost: Reservations are open to the public on May 15th, 2010.
Step #1: To being your Nissan LEAF Customer Journey Reservation Process, you need to go onto the Nissan LEAF website, http://www.nissausa.com/leaf-electric-car, to create an account.
Step #2: You need to complete the New Driver Snapshot (everything about this will be explained on the website)
Step #3: Create and configure your very own Nissan LEAF in the New Driver Snapshot
Step #4: Lock in your reservation through a reservation fee, which will be found on the reservation payment page
Things to remember:
1 – You can only place a reservation on the LEAF if you have created an account on the Nissan LEAF website.
2 – There is only one reservation per customer! If you try to create more than one entry, your name will be removed from the system. Similarly, only one reservation per address will be accepted.
3 – Reservations are meant to be solely for the individual reserving the LEAF. The reservation can not be transferred, traded, assigned, or sold.
4 – Nissan reserves the right to cancel any reservation that does not comply with the procedures outlined above.
Stop by Windsor Nissan for more information and details on how to reserve your very own Nissan LEAF!
Nissan Motor Co. will sell the Leaf electric car for a base price of $32,780 in the United States and begin taking orders on April 20. When combined with a $7,500 federal tax credit, the Leaf will be priced at $25,280, the automaker said in a statement today. State and local credits can further reduce the cost to consumers, Nissan said. Early on today, the automaker also said it would sell the battery-powered Leaf hatchback starting off at 3.76 million yen ($40,640) in Japan, where it is also counting on government subsidies to slash the cost to consumers. Nissan said it aims to sell 6,000 Leaf cars, its first mass-volume all-electric model, in Japan for the year ending in March 2011. The company will start taking orders for the model April 1 in Japan, with the first delivery expected in December. After accounting for Japanese government subsidies, Nissan said the net cost to consumers to buy a new Leaf would be near 2.99 million yen ($32,373). The Leaf pricing also represents a premium over established, combustion-engine powered small sedans, such as the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. Analysts have said the premium reflects the cost of developing and producing the Leaf’s lithium-ion battery pack. The cost of batteries and the reluctance of consumers to pay more upfront for fuel-saving technology are seen as the major hurdles to mass-market adoption of electric vehicles. Toyota Motor Corp.’s gasoline-electric Prius hybrid, now in its third generation, has a base model starting price at just over 2 million yen ($22,195) in Japan. After trailing rivals Toyota Motor and Honda Motor in the hybrid field, Japan’s No.3 automaker has bet heavily on pure electric vehicles along with partner Renault SA of France. Nissan has said it expects that 10 percent of the world’s auto market will be electric vehicles by 2020, a ratio at the top of industry projections. The automaker has also announced a series of partnerships with utilities and government agencies in the United States and Europe where it believes it has a chance of seizing market leadership. The five-passenger Leaf is designed to provide a range of about 100 miles. Nissan has developed the battery pack for the Leaf with NEC Corp., so that it can be recharged overnight on a 220-volt connection. While skeptics abound, almost all major automakers are working on developing battery-run cars for use mainly in urban areas, to meet stricter emissions and mileage regulations being introduced around the world.
We all know how important it is to lower our carbon footprint; what we do today ultimately affects those in the future. Nissan and Chevrolet have decided to help future generations by introducing electric cars. Nissan is placing its ‘Leaf’ on the market later on this year, and the same goes for Chevrolet with its ‘Volt’.
The Nissan Leaf will be able to travel up to 100 miles on one charge! Now, 100 miles may not seem like that long of a distance, but most Americans actually travel less than that to get to work and back every day. Wouldn’t it be nice to virtually never have to pay for gas again?
The new electric cars are being modeled to look and act as normal, gas vehicles. There are many technological attractions about green cars – including, blind spot sensors, collision avoidance systems and touch sensitive controls. Even the prices of the vehicles are aimed to be priced around those of its gas competitors (roughly $30,000 to $40,000).
Be on the look out for Nissan and Chevy’s electric cars later on this year!
NISSAN LEAF is the electric-powered car which could be built at Nissan’s Wearside plant – helping to guarantee thousands of jobs for years to come.The LEAF has been unveiled by the manufacturing giant as the world’s first affordable, zero-emissions car. It will be powered by lithium-ion batteries produced from the Washington factory once it starts to produce the power packs in 2012.Bosses at the site are already in negotiations with the Government to try and to bring production of the vehicle itself to Sunderland.It is said to be among three or four top choices to take on the task when construction of the hatchback starts in Europe next year.The firm said it cannot reveal the plants it is up against, but said Sunderland was in a “strong position” because it is already due to make the batteries.
LEAF is due to be launched in Japan, the USA and Europe next year and is said to be the accumulation of decades of investment and research by the company.
Nissan President and Chief Executive Office Carlos Ghosn said: “We have been working tirelessly to make this day a reality – the unveiling of a real-world car that has zero – not simply reduced – emissions.”It’s the first step in what is sure to be an exciting journey -for people all over the world, for Nissan and for the industry.” The car’s name is inspired by its environmentally-friendly credentials, but Nissan has said it will still meet the expectations of drivers have of a traditional, petrol-powered vehicle. The batteries will generate a power output of 90kW, while its electric motor will deliver 80kW or 280Nm.It will have a driving range of 100 miles on one full charge and can be back up to 80per cent of its capacity within 30minutes using a quick charger.It will take up to eight hours to recharge using a 200v connection from home and will have a dash-mounted monitor which will display its remaining power, or reachable area, along with a selection of nearby charging stations.
Other hi-tech features include the ability to control its air-conditioning system and set charging functions using a mobile phone, even when it is powered-down, while its on-board remote controlled timer can be used to pre-programme the recharge of batteries. It is the first in a line of electric vehicles to be produced by Nissan, with the LEAF to be first manufactured in Japan and additional capacity in the USA. The lithium-ion batteries are to be made at another site in Japan, with plans to make them at further plants in the USA, UK and Portugal, and studies being carried out into investment elsewhere.