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 EVs Revamp the Orange Fleet in France

Nissan EVs - Orange logoNissan has taken the torch as the forerunner in the current electric vehicle market—and it’s a torch that they don’t seem to be planning to pass off anytime soon, either. In fact, they’re only gaining endorsements and followers and customers right now—and those aren’t just individual customers. Orange, a major telecommunications company in France, has brokered a partnership with Renault-Nissan for over 200 Renault and Nissan EVs to improve their fleet.

These cars will be used mostly for car sharing purposes; the efficiency and practicality of EVs make them a perfect fit for this function. “Thanks to the partnership between Renault and Nissan, the Alliance is able to provide Orange with the widest range of electric vehicles to meet its needs – from subcompact passenger cars to light-commercial vehicles,” said Christian Mardrus, Alliance Executive Vice President for Renault-Nissan B.V. and the Alliance CEO Office. “More Orange employees will soon be able to enjoy the many benefits of electric mobility: zero noise, smooth handling and acceleration, and zero tailpipe emissions. And the vehicles can be fully recharged with renewable energy at night, so they can be 100% charged every morning.”

However, you personally don’t need to worry about sharing your excellent new Nissan EV, whether it’s a Nissan Leaf or a Nissan e-NV200. All you have to do is stroll down to Bates Nissan and check out these great, economical, environmentally-friendly vehicles today.

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

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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!