Nissan Reveals First-Ever Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell Vehicle

Advancement in the Go Green movement with soild-oxide fuel cell vehicle.

Advancement in the Go Green movement with soild-oxide fuel cell vehicle.

When you think of automakers that are dedicated to developing cleaner, greener vehicle options for the market, Nissan is probably in your top three. The company has been making major strides in the industry in the way of making their production processes more eco-friendly and their vehicles more eco-conscious. The development of a brand-new type of fuel is no laughing matter, which is exactly what happened when Nissan revealed the first-ever Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell vehicle recently.

The vehicle is said to run of bio-ethanol electric power, according to Nissan representatives. Not only will ethanol-blended water be safer and easier to handle than other forms of fuel, it also produces zero emissions. The ethanol will be used by the vehicle to power its 24kWh battery, which in turn will allow the vehicle’s charge to last for a whopping 600km (almost 373 miles) without refueling.

Research and development on the Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell vehicle has already begun at Nissan’s plant in Yokohama, Japan and further field tests will be conducted in Brazil. Due to its low running costs, clean carbon-neutral fuel consumption, and highly efficient powertrain, Nissan is hopeful that the powertrain will revolutionize the auto industry for a cleaner, better, more environmentally responsible future.

Nissan BladeGlider Prototype Debuts in Brazil

Nissan BladeGlider prototype is making advancements into the future.

Nissan BladeGlider prototype is making advancements into the future.

While times are changing and electric vehicles aren’t necessarily still associated with the strange-looking, niche cars of yesteryear, “zero emissions” still isn’t a phrase you’d expect to hear in the same sentence as “high performance.” Nissan is hoping to dispel that stereotype by introducing a new kind of sports car to the world. The Nissan BladeGlider prototype, which debuted recently in Rio de Janeiro, features a full-electric battery powertrain with emphasis on dynamic handling and powerful performance.

Nissan first showed off similar concept cars back in 2013 at the Tokyo Auto Show. The Nissan BladeGlider is the fruit of those labors, employing a philosophy Nissan is calling Intelligent Mobility to optimize driving pleasure and sporty capability while drastically reducing environmental impact. The aerodynamic shape and silent engine make for an enjoyable ride, and while the BladeGlider is strikingly futuristic, something similar may not be too far off from mass-market production.

The Nissan BladeGlider prototype follows in the footsteps of the Nissan LEAF, the most popular zero-emissions vehicle in the world. With the company also working on autonomous driving technology and increasing their efforts in the realm of environmental responsibility, the innovation of the Nissan BladeGlider seems like a natural development for Nissan. No announcements have surfaced about whether or not this vehicle will eventually be redesigned for a mainstream market and greenlit for production, but Nissan seems to be pursuing this concept long-term.

Things to Do in Austin This Summer: Drive Around the Capital

Explore some of these great things to do in Austin.

Explore some of these great things to do in Austin.

Looking for something fun to do in Austin this summer or fall? Check out one of the many events and attractions in the area. As one of the largest areas in the south, Austin has tons to do for all ages. Hop in your new Nissan and explore the area.

According to Austin Top 50, there are a number of natural springs and pools that you should swim in to escape from the heat. Check out the Lost Creek Swimming Hole in South Central Austin, as well as Hamilton Pool Preserve. Hamilton even has a 50-foot natural water fall, which is as breathtaking as it is fun to swim around. For those willing to drive a little further, see Jacob’s Well in Wimberly (40 minutes west). At a constant 68 degrees, this natural “well” is perfect for hot days.

See the Cathedral of Junk in Austin. We’re not poking fun—that’s it’s actual name. This location is free to all, and it has some truly bizarre sculptures and pieces made from everyday materials. Scrap metal composes most of this memorable site, a tribute to local artists and Austin’s one-of-a-kind atmosphere.

Visit the Zilker Botanical Garden. Cut off from the downtown area, you can reach a secluded 30-acre retreat that has multiple themes and plants from around the world. There is a rose garden, historic garden, and native garden to name a few. Plus, kids will have a blast exploring the area.

These are just some of the things to do in Austin this summer. Still can’t find anything you might enjoy? Hop in your car and explore and make sure to stop by Bates Nissan of Killeen, TX.

New 2017 Pathfinder Design

Are you ready to see the design of the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder?

Are you ready to see the design of the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder?

The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder is here. This model comes with some great new features and design, promising to make this model one of the most popular on the market. Fans can’t stop raving about the new design and the breakthrough technologies, each of which work to make this model better than ever.

The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder design is what first strikes you, according to the NY Daily News, with new features like sharp headlights, tail lights, a revamped front fascia, and added body lines. The new Nissan Pathfinder is made to make a statement on the highway. Designers have thrown subtlety to the curb—if you want bold and refined styling, get the Nissan Pathfinder.

Notably, the new 2017 model year has a V-Motion front grille that echoes the bold look of the Nissan Titan XD pickup, as well as signature LED lighting. Plus, the exterior has been reengineered to be more aerodynamic, with less drag than ever before.

Other tweaks include a new suspension and chassis components, adding 1,000 pounds to the towing capacity for a total of up to 6,000 pounds. These changes also improve handling and the ride quality, giving you comfort and added control. These are just some of the great new design and exterior features on the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder. With new looks, better performance, and better handling, it’s hard not to fall in love with this model immediately.

Contact us at Bates Nissan of Killeen, Texas for more information on this great model!

How to Spot Water Damage in a Car

Texas Weather

Texas weather rarely stabilizes for longer than a week and that can do a number on your car. One thing many auto owners fear most is water damage. Water damage can hide anywhere in the vehicle and many drivers don’t know how to find it. Here’s how to spot water damage in a car from us here at Bates Nissan!

  1. Feel – When examining the interior for water damage after the Texas weather has taken its toll, be sure to look at and feel the carpet, upholstery, and panels for dampness. Any sign of wetness means water da
    mage isn’t far off. Ask a professional how to fix the problem.
  2. Listen – Start the engine and listen closely. If you hear any strange noises, make a note of it and take it to a professional right away. Pay special attention to important parts like the starter, power steering unit, and serpentine belt. If any of those parts suffer significant damage, the car won’t run.
  3. Look – Check the headlights and taillights for moisture and small amounts of water. Replace the bulbs accordingly. While you’re at it, check out the air filter as well. If it’s wet, replace it and change the oil for good measure.

Financing a New or Used Car in 2016

How to Finance a Car Purchase

Buying a car is likely the second most expensive purchase you’ll make in your life. That’s why it’s incredibly important, especially in 2016, to do proper research. Financing a car isn’t what it used to be but fortunately we here at Bates Nissan know all about financing a new or used car!

  1. Budget – Cars come in all shapes, sizes, and, most importantly, prices. There’s little point in financing a new or used car if you can’t afford the monthly payments. As a general rule, limit your monthly payment to a quarter of your monthly income.
  2. New or Used? – While new cars are shiny and feature that coveted new car smell, used cars can offer the same features with a few extra miles and a lower price. Determine whether a new car is worth the extra money before financing.
  3. Test Drive – Once the research is done, it’s time for the hands-on approach. Take a test drive in the vehicle and make sure you’re comfortable. Unleash your inner child and play with all the switches, dials, knobs, and buttons to your heart’s content. If, at the end, you’re happy, sleep on it and then make your decision.

Moving Tips

 

Moving Killeen, TXMoving house is a gigantic task that no one can handle alone, which has ultimately resulted in moving services like Uhaul. While the abundance of innovative technology has changed how we find homes, the actual process of moving still remains an old art form. Here at Bates Nissan, we have some helpful moving tips to help you save money and move easier!

  1. Moving Boxes – Rather than dump a good amount of money on boxes to pack your stuff in, check out places that usually have boxes in bulk. Craigslist, grocery stores, warehouses, and supermarkets usually have excess boxes they just throw away. Taking a few minutes to talk to a manager or supervisor could save you a couple bucks by the time you’re done moving.
  2. First-Night Box – Odds are that once you’ve arrived at your new home, you’ll be too tired to unpack everything. That’s why packing a first-night box could come in handy. Unpacking a single box to get your clothes and coffee maker is easier than unpacking many boxes.
  3. Plastic Wrap – Believe it or not, unloading your dresser isn’t necessary to move. In the interest of saving time, use plastic wrap to keep the drawers shut when moving. Not only will you save time packing, you’ll save time unpacking as well!
  4. Rent the Perfect Vehicle for Moving Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, having the right vehicle for moving is important. Rent a van or truck from Uhaul or through the Hertz rental car company to guarantee that you will have enough room to pack all of your moving boxes and furniture.

IIHS Makes Key Changes to Top Safety Pick Awards for 2017

Nissan Top Safety Pick

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a government-run organization that rates vehicles on their safety. The group has adjusted to the ever changing market over the years more than in the past. Technology has come a long way but the group’s most recent change isn’t for autonomous technology.

Beginning in 2017, the IIHS will score vehicles on their headlights. In order to earn top scores, vehicles must earn a “Good” or “Acceptable” rating in the headlight category. That category joins the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, and side crash tests as well as roof strength and head restraints & seats. Front crash prevention includes optional technology that reduces the impact or avoids frontal crashes entirely.

Most automakers pass the front and side crash tests with flying colors. Unlike the other tests, the IIHS will test every trim that uses a different type of headlight. With this most recent change, the roadways are about to get even safer in one of the simplest ways possible: visibility.

To earn Top Safety Pick awards, automakers will have to improve their vehicle’s lighting as well as their overall structure.

Here at Bates Nissan, we’re confident that Nissan will adjust to the new headlight category and come out on top!

Four Of The Best Texas State Parks

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The Texas State Parks are some of the finest in the country. The parks are pristine and offer lots of opportunity for activity.

 

Mother Neff State Park

Location: Moody

Highlights: This park lies along the Leon River. A picnic on the bank of the river makes for a truly beautiful and memorable experience. The park also features 5 miles of hiking trails.

 

Colorado Bend State Park

Location: Bend

Highlights: Almost no other park offers the diversity that Colorado Bend State Park does. You can do everything from mountain biking to exploring caves to jetting your boat on Lake Buchanan to simply admiring the surrounding canyons.

 

Inks Lake State Park

Location: Burnet

Highlights: Nowhere else can you better appreciate the beauty of Texas Hill Country than at Inks Lake State Park. The gorgeous lake offers opportunities to swim, scuba dive, fish and ski.

 

Longhorn Cavern State Park

Location: Burnet

Highlights: A 1.25 mile round trip through the cavern is a stunning experience. Take a guided tour for a more enhanced experience.

 

There is plenty to do at these four great Texas State Parks. Of course, you can also just simply pay a visit, take it easy and marvel at the unique and diverse beauty found in this great state.  Make sure you have a reliable car to get you to and from these state parks. Let us know which Texas State Park is your favorite and why!

Nissan Wins In Two Classes At 2016 Super GT Championship

2016 super gt championship

The second round of the 2016 Super GT Championship recently transpired at the Fuji Speedway in Japan. Nissan made a great show of force in not one, but two classes.

The Nissan GT-R took the cake in both the GT300 and GT500. In the latter race, the #1 MOTUL AUTECH GT-R, manned by the team of Ronnie Quintarelli and Tsugio Matsuda, finished first. It was a result that may not have been. The #12 Calsonic IMPUL GT-R, driven by JP de Oliveira, had passed his teammates and
was on his way to victory when he tragically blew a tire on lap 96 and spun out.

In the GT300, GT Academy alumnus Jann Mardenborough and his partner Kazuki Hoshino won in their #3 B-MAX NDDP GT-R. This is an exceptional feat considering that it was only Mardenborough’s second Super GT race.

After the race, the young driver said, “I feel great to be able to take victory in my second race in the Super GT. Kazuki and I both carried out a good race with no mistakes so I’m happy about that.”