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.

Increase Your Fuel Economy with These Easy Efficiency Tips

Fuel Efficiency Tips

Whether you’re trying to save the planet or just a couple bucks at the pump, increasing your fuel efficiency is always a good idea. From under the hood to behind the wheel, there are plenty of ways to make your ride more efficient; here’s our quick list of easy efficiency tips to help you get where you’re going for less:

  • Make sure you’re at the proper tire pressure. Adjusting your tire pressure to the correct PSI once a month can up your efficiency up to 3%.
  • If you notice any issues with your vehicle, fix them ASAP. Getting a tune-up to right those little problems can give improve your efficiency up to 4%. If you’re experiencing a serious issue, fixing it can save you a whopping 40% in terms of gas mileage.
  • Hard braking and extreme acceleration can destroy your efficiency. Drive slow and smart and you’ll get about 33% further on the freeway.
  • Similarly, use your cruise control on the highway when possible. Keeping your car at a steady pace will save you fuel.
  • This might be the easiest of our easy efficiency tips: if you don’t need something in your car, lose it. Extra weight takes a surprising toll on your fuel efficiency. Minimize what you’re carrying and maximize your fuel economy.

Contact us at Bates Nissan if you are looking for more ways to save on fuel, such as checking out a fuel efficient Nissan Sentra!

Nissan Reusing Old Nissan Leaf Batteries

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Nissan announced in June that it has a plan for reusing Nissan Leaf batteries. After years of research into ways to reuse car batteries that no longer have the juice to power a car, Nissan is one of the first manufacturers, along with General Motors, to designate old EV batteries as backup batteries for buildings.

Nissan has partnered with the company Green Charge Networks, which provides and installs batteries for customers. Receiving old Leaf batteries from Nissan will reduce GCN’s costs, as they will have to produce fewer batteries. This partnership isn’t a surprise, as Nissan teamed up with Sumitomo to research how to reuse EV batteries shortly after releasing the first Leaf.

Powering a car is a big job, and when a battery is no longer strong enough to do it, it still has plenty of juice for lighter-duty work. Storing ene
rgy in commercial and industrial buildings doesn’t have anywhere near the energy output of driving a car, making these EV batteries a perfect choice for the job.

Mass Market Nissan V2G System in Production

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For many consumers, one of the biggest problems holding them back from purchasing an electric vehicle or a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle is having to find a charging station away from the home.

One solution to this issue is vehicle-to-grid (V2G) systems, which is a feature that allows electric cars to work with a power grid to send electricity from the power lines to the car, and back, if desired.

According to a recent statement, Nissan is teaming up with Endesa in Madrid, Spain to develop the first ever “mass market” V2G system, which could absolutely change the future of electric vehicles.

Their plan is for electric car owners to be able to use the V2G system during low-demand charge periods, when costs are lower, and also to be able to store that cheaper charge for another time.

It’s no surprise that Nissan, who leads the automotive industry in electric vehicles, is championing this pursuit. What do you think about the Nissan V2G system? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

To the Outer Limits and Beyond: The Glow-in-The-Dark Nissan Leaf

Nissan LEAF

If only Mulder and Scully could see this – a glowing leaf is out there!

In a revelation sure to impress the X-files detectives themselves, Nissan disclosed its newest exciting innovation; the glow-in-the-dark Nissan Leaf. While third party manufacturers have produced luminous paints and car wraps, Nissan is the first car company to fabricate an actual incandescent vehicle.

In an effort to symbolize the Leaf’s energy-converting EV capabilities, Nissan partnered with Hamish Scott, the inventor of glow-in-dark pavement, to create the glowing paint – fittingly – named Starpath. Comprised of a secret formula of organic materials and the biologically inert chemical Strontium Aluminate, the paint is able to absorb the ultraviolet energy from the sun during the day and convert it to light that shines 8-10 hours during the night. If commercially made, the glow-paint could last for up to 25 years.

While this illuminating paint is not –yet- available to the public, stay tuned to Bates Nissan for Starpath updates, and be sure to come visit us to see all of the newest –out there – innovations that Nissan has to offer!

Nissan LEAF Sets New Record in U.S. Electric Car Sales

U.S. Electric Cars Sales

It looks like more people are going green than ever before—and they are choosing the all-electric Nissan LEAF to do so. The LEAF plug-in electric car is already considered the best-selling electric car in the world, and now it has yet another accolade to add to its list. Nissan recently announced that the tiny, eco-friendly car has officially set a new U.S. electric car sales record in 2014.

The Nissan LEAF sold a total of 30,200 units in 2014 alone. This amazing number was helped by the LEAF’s impressive December sales, during which it sold 3,102 units total. The record-breaking year has brought the total LEAF sales in the U.S. to 72,322 units since the car’s introduction in December of 2010, making the Nissan electric car one of three plug-in cars that have sold more than 1,000 units in the U.S. in a month.

For such a tiny car, the Nissan LEAF has sure made a ginormous impression. As you start to notice more and more electric vehicles hitting the streets, maybe you should consider joining the green revolution as well!  Make sure you stop in to Bates Nissan soon to see the amazing all-electric Nissan LEAF and other eco-friendly vehicle options we have to offer!

Good Housekeeping Magazine Names Nissan LEAF Top Electric Car Pick

2014 Nissan LEAF

Good Housekeeping is known as being the go-to publication for the best consumer products, which is why it comes as no surprise that the magazine found the 2014 Nissan LEAF SL to be their Top Electric Car Pick, using their tried, tested, and trusted testing method. Through a combination of driving range, great value, and segment-exclusive safety technologies, such as the Around View Monitor, the Nissan LEAF has proved, once again, why it is the best-selling electric vehicle in the world and deserving of this new title.

“As more than 64,000 American LEAF owners will tell you, the economics of going electric are simple: Buy a Nissan LEAF and save money by conveniently charging at home instead of paying more at the gas pump,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president of Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations in the U.S. “But the real beauty of the Nissan LEAF is that it’s roomy and, best of all, fun to drive, which is why it received this honor from the Good Housekeeping Research Institute.”

Good Housekeeping determined the top picks of its 2014 car review by putting them to the test on the track, suburban roads, and highways. During these evaluations, the researchers tested each car for ergonomics and convenience features. With an EPA-estimated driving range of 84 miles and a MPGe rating of 114 combined, all for the price of about $22,000, it really comes as no surprise that the LEAF has come out on top.

While Bates Nissan doesn’t have the LEAF in stock for your test-driving pleasure, we do offer plenty of other eco-friendly vehicle options to try out. Make sure you stop in to our dealership today and give them a test drive today!

Nissan LEAF Owners Travel 528 Million All-Electric Miles and Counting

Since the Nissan LEAF came to market in 2010, owners have collectively driven more than 850 million kilometers – over 528 million all-electric miles – and they are well on their way to reaching the 1 billion kilometers mark. Translation: the Nissan LEAF is revolutionizing the way we travel and positively impacting our world.

2014 Nissan LEAF | 528 Million all-electric miles

2014 Nissan LEAF

The LEAF’s CarWings measuring system enables every vehicle to record the number of miles it has traveled, creating an accurate measurement of how far owners have driven with zero emissions. As of this writing, that number had passed 858 million kilometers and is steadily rising. The goal to reach 1 billion km is expected to occur in January 2015, but may be passed even earlier.

Can you imagine? One billion kilometers, 621 million miles. In terms of CO2, that’s over 150,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions that have been reduced as a result.

Nissan created a website to track the car’s progress to 1 billion kilometers traveled. Owners also have the opportunity to share their stories on the ways the LEAF has changed their lives. For many, what began as a secondary vehicle has become the primary mover for the whole family.

Do you have stories to share about how the LEAF has changed the way you travel? We at Bates Nissan would love to hear them!

Best Global Green Brands Ranks Nissan 4th, Still Improving

Best Global Green Brands - Nissan

Vehicles like the Nissan LEAF help to earn them the 4th place spot in the Best Global Green Brands.

How often do you hear the words, “Go green,” rattled through activist groups, your parent-teacher meetings, your community, or whatever it is you are taking part in? Is it a lot? Because automotive companies, like Nissan, are saying it a lot too. That may be one of the reasons that InterBrand has ranked Nissan fourth overall for the Best Global Green Brands.

That’s right, you read it correctly. Nissan has moved to fourth in the Best Global Green Brands ranking, improving on its fifth place rank last year. Nothing but improvement is coming from Nissan every year for going green. In fact, when the company placed fifth last year, it was the first time that they had broken into the top 10, and now they are ranked fourth! That deserves a round of applause. (Don’t worry we will wait)

“More and more people want to buy products from brands that come from organizations they trust and believe in,” said Roel De Vries, Nissan corporate vice president responsible for Global Marketing, Brand and Communications. “Best Green Global Brands is a reflection of everything that we as a brand do to make the world a better place. That we are recognized this year as among the best is a confirmation we are on the right path.” (See the full Nissan news release here)

Have you been doing your part for making the world a better place? If you want your car to do as much as you do, then come to Bates Nissan to get an Eco-friendly model!