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!

Nissan LEAF with Self-Cleaning Technology Becomes ‘World’s Cleanest Car’

With a world that continuously moves toward going green and being Eco-friendly, there is one automotive brand that constantly looks to improve their cleanliness, and that is Nissan. The Nissan LEAF has redefined the all-electric zero emission vehicle world, and now it is taking it even further. The Nissan LEAF with self-cleaning technology is dubbing itself the world’s cleanest car, combining both zero emission and outside cleanliness.

Nissan LEAF with Self-Cleaning Technology

The All-Electric Nissan LEAF will future a self-cleaning paint as an optional package in the future.

“The ‘self-cleaning’ paint, called Ultra-Ever Dry®, creates a protective layer of air between the paint and environment, effectively stopping standing water and road spray from creating dirty marks on the LEAF’s surface,” said a Nissan news release. “Nissan is one of the first carmakers to apply this technology to a vehicle.”

The Nissan LEAF with self-cleaning technology uses that special paint to help block dirt, rain, particles, and whatever else it may come across on the road. This will lead to owners having to go through car washes less, washing less, and saving more money.

While Nissan has no plans to make this paint part of their standard lineup, and tests are still going on, we can only hope that it will become something we can get as soon as possible! Stop by Bates Nissan to find out more about the zero emission Nissan LEAF and the future of the ‘World’s Cleanest Car.’

LEAF, JUKE, and Rogue Drive Nissan June Sales Record

Nissan June Sales

Nissan June Sales Set a Record for the Division

Nissan has announced a new Nissan June sales record with total U.S. sales increasing 5.3 percent over last year, for a total of 109,643 units.

Disregarding Infiniti, Nissan Division sales were up 6.4 percent for a total of 101,069 units. Highlighting the brand’s performance were the Altima, LEAF, JUKE, Rogue, Sentra, and Versa.

As per usual, the Altima led the brand in sales volume with a 9.1 percent gain in retail sales for a total of 26,111 units sold.

The LEAF continued to spearhead the all-electric vehicle movement with a record 2,347 units sold, marking a whopping 29.4 percent increase over last year.

The JUKE, Rogue, and Sentra continued to respond to increasing consumer demand. Sales were up 44.9 percent, 25.9 percent, and 41.3 percent, respectively.

Finally, the Versa set a new personal June record with sales up 33.4 percent for the month.

Check out all of these trendsetting vehicles at Bates Nissan!

Nissan Leaf Owner Drives 100,000 Miles without Using a Single Drop of Gas

2014 Nissan LEAF If we told you it was possible to drive 100,000 miles, without using a single drop of gas, would you believe us? We might be skeptical too, if it weren’t for Steven Marsh, a Nissan Leaf owner who recently joined the exclusive 100,000-mile club. The 100,000-mile club is open to those who have driven that distance in a single car. Unlike other members though, Steven didn’t use a single drop of gas along his journey.

Steven points out that the Leaf has saved him literally thousands of dollars, eliminating fuel costs from his budget. “With a daily commute of about 130 miles, I’ve saved more than $9,000 compared to my old gas-powered car since I bought my Leaf.”

Making this possible is the Leaf’s 75-mile all-electric driving distance, fast charging time – just about 30 minutes for a full charge – and Washington state’s fast-growing EV infrastructure, which means finding a charging station close by is easy.

Steven isn’t the only one excited about skipping trips to the gas station. The West Coast Electric Highway project has helped the Seattle-Tacoma area to become one of the country’s largest markets for the Nissan Leaf, seeing an incredible 230 percent jump in sales during 2013.

2014 Nissan Leaf Specifications

According to Nissaninthenews.com, Erik Gottfried, director of Electric Vehicle Sales and Marketing at Nissan commented: “While many early buyers were excited to buy a Leaf for environmental reasons or to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, Steve Marsh is a prime example of consumers who approach electric cars with a practical mindset. Most buyers now choose Leaf for the simple economics that Steve recognized right away. Nissan Leaf costs much less to drive and maintain than a gas car yet still provides a great driving experience.”

What do you think, are you ready to give up gas?

Earth Day Facts and What YOU Can Do to Help

The year was 1970, and a lot had happened. From the death of celebrities to the Vietnam War, there was attention on many different topics. But, there was one thing that had never before been talked about – preserving the earth. Thus, a Wisconsin senator decided to make a holiday that celebrated the earth and how to protect it, and Earth Day was created. In this blog you will find more Earth Day facts, information, and what you can do to help.

Earth Day Facts

Nowadays we see a lot of vehicles that are very earth-friendly like the Nissan LEAF, and electric vehicle that is emission-free, or the Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid that combines electric and gas power to give off fewer emissions when driving. Back when Earth Day was just being founded, you couldn’t find vehicles like that. There were V8, gas-guzzling sedans that got little miles to the gallon and gave off emissions we see in big ‘ole SUVs and trucks.

When Gaylord Nelson, the U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, created Earth Day it did more than just demonstrate against air and water pollution. It brought together everyone for a cause. “Earth Day 1970 achieved a rare political alignment, enlisting support from Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, city slickers and farmers, tycoons and labor leaders,” says EarthDay.org. “The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental ProtEarth Day Factsection Agency and the pass of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.”

Since that time April 22nd has marked the time to come together and join forces against the pollution of the air, water, forests, and endangering of animals on our planet.

Now, you may be wondering what you can do to help. Well there are many ways to do your part. The Earth Day organization suggests that you call upon your cities to pass bills and legislations to invest in clean energy and smart grids. Participation can be from your home, a local campaign, Earth Day events, and etc. Any way to get the word out will be helping the cause.

You yourself can also cut down on the amount of pollution you put out by recycling, disposing of waste properly, driving vehicles that do not put off as many emissions, and by using solar energy when possible.

For your Eco-friendly vehicles, visit us at Bates Nissan where you can find a new Nissan LEAF electric vehicle! We hope you enjoyed our Earth Day facts and information. Please do your part to help preserve the earth!

Nissan is on Top for February Sales

2014 Nissan Rogue - February Sales

The 2014 Nissan Rogue leads Nissan’s February sales with a record 17,197 units sold nationwide.

We know it seems like this winter will never end (though, if you hang on for just a bit longer, we’re pretty sure that spring is right around the corner). February was another long, cold, snowy month for most of the country and, like January, it stalled much of the auto industry and deflated expectations across the board. Well, for most of the auto industry that is. Nissan rose above the rest and was one of the few automakers with positive sales numbers in the month of February.

Not only was Nissan in rare enough company by posting the greatest year-over-year gain in February, but they also managed a record-setting month with 105,631 vehicles sold. This marks a 16.7 percent increase over last February and was also good for the 11th monthly record set by the brand in the past 12 months.

Leading the Nissan sales was the redesigned Rogue crossover, which also set a February record with 17,197 units sold nationwide—a jump of 72.6 percent. Another record-setter was the zero-emissions Nissan LEAF, which had an increase of 118.2 percent with 1,425 sold.

Hopefully we have finally seen an end to the cold. Want to get a jump start on your spring? Head over to Bates Nissan and warm yourself up with a brand new Nissan.

Nissan LEAF Routed Competition in Europe in 2013

Nissan LEAF

The Nissan LEAF quickly revved its way into first place in the electric vehicle (EV) market upon its release several years ago and only continues to cement its place at the top. Nissan recently finished calculating LEAF sales in Europe for 2013—and the results are staggering and impressive. The LEAF now owns a 33 percent share of the EV segment in Europe, outselling even the closest competition by over 25 percent last year. 2013 was easily a record sales year for the LEAF in Europe, moving 5,600 more cars than the brand moved in 2012.

The amazing year for the LEAF, according to Nissan, is merely the beginning of their EV reign in Europe.

“January has been a fantastic start to 2014, a year when we will launch our second 100 percent electric model in Europe – the Nissan e-NV200 light commercial vehicle,” said Jean-Pierre Diernaz, Director of Electric Vehicles for Nissan Europe.

“Our most recent survey following the launch of the improved European-built Nissan LEAF shows that 97 percent of owners would recommend a Nissan LEAF to a friend, and we believe this, combined with a rapidly expanding charging infrastructure, will bring further growth in 2014. We are moving from the early adopters to the early majority.”

The results of that survey Diernaz mentioned cannot be overstated. At this point, EVs have largely conquered early criticisms and drawbacks and are extremely practical vehicles. As both a practical and environmentally friendly driving solution, the 2014 Nissan LEAF is poised to continue dominating the European landscape in 2014.

There’s no reason Europe should have all the EV fun, though. Come see us at Bates Nissan to turn over a new LEAF today!

Over 100,000 Nissan LEAFs Sold Worldwide

Nissan LEAFDr. Brett Garner, a dentist in the UK as well as a committed husband and father of three, just wanted to buy a new, practical family car. So, naturally, he bought a Nissan LEAF. Little did he know, however, how special his purchase was—it marked the 100,00th Nissan LEAF sold worldwide since the vehicle’s introduction back in December of 2010. The Nissan LEAF has quickly conquered the electric vehicle (EV) market, both in the US and worldwide, where it has now captured a 45 percent share of the overall market.

“I have chosen my Nissan LEAF because I am very interested in its running costs,” Dr. Garner said. “The cost of ownership such as maintenance, insurance and charging also convinced my wife. She had the experience of driving 500 miles in a borrowed LEAF and the low cost was remarkable. So she was converted and insisted that we had a LEAF.”

Garner also stated that the car was “ideal for families,” blowing apart the notion that EVs continue to be niche cars not ready for practical use. The Nissan LEAF is ready for action—and there are 100,000 success stories out there to prove it. Come in to Bates Nissan today and be part of the next 100,000!

Wrap up of 2013 for Nissan

As the year comes to an end soon, we wanted to take a look back at the wrap up of 2013 brought Nissan.

In January 2013, Nissan began manufacturing the LEAF, Nissan’s first all-electric car, in the Smyrna, Tenn. plant.

“Bringing assembly of the innovative 2013 Nissan LEAF to our award-winning manufacturing plant speaks to the flexibility, efficiency and talent of our U.S. workforce,” said Susan Brennan, Nissan’s vice president of manufacturing in Smyrna. “Nissan has a 30-year history of building quality vehicles in Smyrna, and just like every vehicle we produce, the LEAF has met or exceeded every one of our rigorous quality requirements.”

In June 2013, the 2014 Nissan Note hit showrooms across the country, starting at $13,990. Following the redesign of the Altima, Pathfinder and Sentra, the Note was the fourth new product for Nissan. The Versa Note joins the second-generation Versa Sedan and is “aggressively designed, equipped, packaged and priced, serving notice to the competition that Nissan intends to remain the key player in the Entry segment for a long time to come,” said Fred Diaz, divisional vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing.

2014 Nissan Versa Note - Wrap up of 2013 for Nissan

2014 Nissan Versa Note

Diaz continued by saying, “With class-leading fuel economy, cutting-edge technologies, an energetic exterior design, roomy and versatile interior and available activity enhancing features such as Pandora radio compatibility and hands-free text messaging assistant, Versa Note is an ideal fit for today’s buyers needs.”

In July 2013, the LEAF reached its 100,000th Electric Vehicle sold in the U.S. This vehicle was sold in Atlanta, Georgia on July 24, 2013 to Allison Howard.

“It’s economical. It is something I could afford as a college student. It drives perfectly. It’s so cool, and that’s why I wanted to get a LEAF,” said Howard.

In August 2013, Nissan announced their benchmarks for Autonomous Drive and by the end of November, the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, took the Nissan LEAF on its first road test.

A lot more has happened this year, but we’re looking forward to what 2014 will bring Bates Nissan and Nissan as a whole.

What was your most enjoyable moment of 2013? Tell us below in the comments section!

Nissan LEAF Introduced to South Africa

It can always be a little entertaining when a new technology is taken to a place that has never seen anything like it before, and when Nissan decided to pull a harmless prank on a gas station attendee in South Africa, they had cameras to document the entire thing.

Spoiler alert: The woman driving the Nissan LEAF drives up to the gas pump, gets out of the car and goes inside, as she normally would, and leaves the attendee to fill up her car. He then walks around her LEAF trying to find the gas cap and becomes very confused when he can’t.

Take a look below to see what ends up happening as Nissan introduces the first LEAF to South Africa.