Nissan LEAF Challenges Tesla with ProPILOT


Nissan is always looking for new ways to push the envelope. One way they’re challenging norms is by taking innovation to the next level. The Nissan LEAF has innovations that are sure to beat out even the toughest competition.

The Nissan LEAF features an all-new technology that wows both critics and car enthusiasts. It’s called “ProPILOT Assist” and it gives drivers the extra help and ultimate convenience on the highway.

Most drivers can agree that one of the most annoying parts about highway driving is the stop-and-go traffic that can happen. ProPILOT aims to address this issue and lessen the anxiety of high-volume traffic by using technology to drive for you… kind of.

ProPILOT helps drivers by controlling steering, braking, and acceleration. Drivers can use ProPILOT in a single lane on the highway, acting like an amped-up version of cruise control. This challenges the popular Tesla 3’s new cruise control technology with features that help you while still making sure you’re paying attention to the road.

The Nissan LEAF rivals the Tesla in both affordability and technology. There’s a reason the LEAF is the world’s best-selling electric vehicle. If you’re curious about the Nissan LEAF and ProPILOT technology, we’re always here to answer questions at Bates Nissan.

Nissan Donates Electric Vehicles for COP21 Climate Change Summit

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Nissan is helping to eliminate pollution and cut dependence on oil by providing an all-electric vehicle shuttle service for the COP21 (Conference of Parties) Climate Change Summit. Recognizing the importance of alternative energy designs, Nissan has become a leader in green technologies.

According to Nissan, 200 Renault-Nissan employees were specially trained for the event in Paris. These workers will man around two hundred vehicles, a fleet composed of the Nissan LEAF, the Renault ZOE, and the Nissan e-NV200. These will help conference attendees get around the city in a flash.

“Helping negotiators get to their meetings, riding in quiet and smooth EVs that can be 100 percent recharged with renewable and extremely low-carbon electricity, sends a powerful message about our corporate commitment to the environment – and about our employees’ desire to be part of the solution to climate change,” said Marie-Francoise Damesin, Renault-Nissan’s global head of human resources.

The COP21 Climate Change Summit is the 21st annual conference addressing the need for more research on climate change, as well as action. Nissan is one of a handful of global automakers seeking to redefine mobility by incorporating the latest alternative energy designs.

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.

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

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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 Customer Loyalty Booms Thanks to the New LEAF

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The Nissan LEAF was recently named one of the most popular cars on the road based on customer loyalty. During the annual IHS Automotive Loyalty Awards, the LEAF took home the award for best Non-Luxury Traditional Compact Car. Considering it was the only plug-in nominated, the fact that it won says a lot about its incredible performance and quality.

According to Nissan, the new LEAF is selling like crazy, beating all of its previous sales records in 2014. This plug-in features seating for five, 114 MPGe, and a range of 84 miles. The LEAF truly is one of the best alternative-energy models on the market.

“Since entering the market in 2010, the Nissan LEAF has steadily gained supporters throughout the U.S.,” said Toby Perry, director of marketing for Nissan LEAF. “While the majority of original buyers were electric vehicle enthusiasts, we’re now seeing more and more ‘regular’ car buyers fall in love with LEAF.”

Nissan customer loyalty is so impressive because of the high-degree of quality that comes standard with every model. Not only is the LEAF an affordable car, but engineers have consistently pushed the envelope on the design. That’s one major reason more drivers than ever are switching to the all-electric model.

Find out why everyone loves the Nissan LEAF!  Come on in to Bates Nissan to check out a Nissan LEAF for yourself.

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

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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

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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 Group September Sales Show More Increases

After a great summer of sales for the automotive industry all around, Nissan is continuing their upward trend with improved sales during September as well. The Nissan Group September sales showed that the Rogue, LEAF, and others are still on the rise.

In total, Nissan Group September Sales reached 102,955, an 18.5% increase from 2013. Nissan Division sales, which excludes Infiniti sales, was at 95,118 units in September, an increase of 22.2% over last year.

Many vehicles in the Nissan lineup saw an increase in popularity and purchases last month including the Rogue, LEAF, Versa, Sentra, Altima, Frontier, and Murano. Some of these vehicles also set records for their model. Check it out:

2015 Nissan Murano | Nissan Group September Sales

The Nissan Murano (pictured above) saw a 50% increase in sales for the month of September.

Nissan Group September Sales

  • Altima – 21,675 units sold, +2.1%
  • Frontier – 6,853 units sold, +47%
  • LEAF – 2,881 units sold, +47.5% (September Record)
  • Murano – +50%
  • Rogue – 17,229 units sold, +51.8% (September Record)
  • Sentra – 12,557 units sold, +61%
  • Versa – 12,072 units sold, +37.6% (September Record)

Were you part of the amazing September sales that the Nissan Group had? If so, let us know in the comment box which vehicle you purchased. If not, then hopefully you want to be a part of future sales and record setting results. Bates Nissan can help with that. Just check out our huge selection of inventory and find a Nissan that fits your needs!

LEAF Frontier: A Look into Future of Mini Electric-Powered Pickups?

An electric pickup truck sounds like the perfect solution for truck lovers who need a smaller, more fuel efficient pickup. What Nissan is calling the LEAF Frontier, better known as “Sparky,” is just that. The LEAF Frontier was created simply by taking the popular all-electric Nissan LEAF and installing a pickup bed from the Frontier. The fully electric truck was built in order to help carry parts around the factory quickly.

Auto Blog reports that Nissan has admitted that they “tried to keep [the LEAF Frontier] a secret and be exciting for everybody. But we have visitors and they come and they see that truck and they go straight to ‘What is it?’ and they start looking at it, and it makes great conversation.” They surely aren’t wrong about Sparky being a head-turning topic of conversation. The idea of an electric-powered pickup truck from Nissan is certainly one that captures the imagination.

For now, Sparky will remain in the Nissan factory as an extra helping hand for engineers, but hopefully someday it will become available for purchase. Until then, you’ll have to settle for test driving the LEAF and the Frontier at Bates Nissan one at a time.

Nissan Reveals Cheapest LEAF in the World

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The cheapest LEAF was sold in Rotterdam in the Netherlands for a whopping $9,460.

While going green might weigh less on your conscious, if it involves purchasing an all-electric vehicle, it can also put more strain on your wallet. As one of the more expensive types of vehicles to purchase, many people are often hesitant to switch to the alternatively powered cars—unless you happen to live in Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

Nissan recently announced the cheapest LEAF in the world happens to reside in Rotterdam. Sold for the surprisingly low price of $9,460 US, this LEAF has all of the creature comforts other, more expensive LEAFs have, but is still significantly cheaper thanks to a terrific amount of great local deals and incentives.

The deals, which are available only to businesses, come from both the nation itself and the local government, and are designed to make the Netherlands a greener country. Scrappage incentives, which are worth $3,240, and free parking for EVs are some examples of these deals, along with home charger incentives that bring the price of a new EV way down. According to Jordi Vila, the managing director for Nissan Netherlands, “By scrapping older vehicles and incentivising buyers to replace them with zero-emission electric vehicles, Rotterdam is taking a huge step in improving air quality.”

Though these great incentives have yet to take the LEAF price below the $10,000 mark in the U.S., you can still find amazing deals on the LEAF and more Nissan models at Bates Nissan. Make sure to stop in today and see these deals for yourself!