The LEAF Vehicle-to-Grid Project: Researching Ways to Save

In order to reduce the cost of ownership, the LA Air Force Base is hooking up 13 Nissan LEAFs to the grid. Nissan engineers are using this project to figure out what else drivers can do with the stored energy in their LEAFs. Here at Lewis Nissan we’re excited to see what they come up with.

Nissan LEAF - LEAF vehicle-to-grid projectAccording to Nissan, with more than 147,000 LEAFs on the road, they could generate around 3.6 million kWh if they all hooked up at the same time. Their aim is to see what alternatives the battery storage can provide.

“As the global leader in electric vehicle sales, Nissan is researching ways to integrate the all-electric LEAF into homes, buildings and power grids to unlock new value that could provide future benefits to customers, businesses and utility companies alike,” said Toby Perry, director of Marketing for Nissan LEAF.

One idea that’s sprouted from the LEAF vehicle-to-grid project is “LEAF to Home,” where the all-electric vehicle could act as both a backup generator and earn revenue for owners by getting rid of excess energy. Because the cost of energy fluctuates throughout the day, it could sell it when the price is high and buy it when it’s low. The LEAF is turning out to be a true money saver for owners.

Canadian Journalists Go On 7-Day “Altimate Rogue Trip”

If there’s something we love even more than cars here at Lewis Nissan, it’s bad puns. Last week, more than a dozen Canadian journalists drove some new 2015 Nissan Altimas and 2015 Nissan Rogue crossovers on a driving adventure that Nissan has called the “Altimate Rogue Trip.” We’re amused.

Altimate Rogue Trip - Nissan RogueThe road trip took place on the famous U.S. Route 66 over the course of seven days and 4,000 kilometers—about 2,485 miles for our Imperial unit-loving readers. They left from Chicago and reached Cuba (Missouri, not the island!) on day 1, Tulsa on day 2, then Amarillo, Santa Ana Pueblo, Albuquerque, Kingman, and after seven days, reached Santa Monica, their final destination. Or should we say they “Altimately” reached Santa Monica? Careful, any more bad puns and our editors might go Rogue on us!

For our entertainment, Nissan produced short clips reviewing each day’s interesting happenings. You can find all of the videos on Nissan Canada’s official YouTube channel!

Nissan Legends: Inside the History of Nissan

The history of Nissan begins with its people, who have established a culture of influencing customers emotionally and moving people for more than 80 years. Nissan hopes that its employees will continue to be among these “Moving People,” whose efforts and innovations have helped shaped the automaker into what it is today.

Inside the History of Nissan - Lewis NissanIn the past 80 years, Nissan and its people have seen countless difficulties and huge successes. In an effort to honor some of Nissan’s most influential employees and leaders, the automaker is featuring past and present employees who embody the Nissan spirit in an upcoming editorial.

According to a recent Nissan news release, “Writers of Japan’s leading car magazine Car Graphic, which marked its 50th anniversary last year, will go beyond a mere biography and shed light on the roots of Nissan based on their extensive insight into the auto industry.”

In the news release, Nissan highlights ten “Nissan legends,” people who have made significant contributions, and tells each of their stories. For your convenience, we’ve also included them here. Go ahead, join us at Lewis Nissan and brush up on a little bit of fascinating history!

Nissan Legend 1
Yoshisuke Aikawa: A Modern Man with Insight

Nissan Legend 2
Yutaka Katayama: A Determined Visionary

Nissan Legend 3:
Hiroyoshi Kato: The Man Who Found His Calling

Nissan Legend 4
Shin’ichiro Sakurai: The Real Face of Mr. Skyline

Nissan Legend 5
Tadao Takahashi: Giving Life to the Factory

Nissan Legend 6
Kyoko Shimada: Hailed as a “Pioneer”

Nissan Legend 7
Sir Ian Gibson: An Englishman Who Served as a Bridge Between Japan and Europe

Nissan Legend 8
Hideaki Horie: Electric Vehicles Will Accelerate the Networking of Energy

Nissan Legend 9
Shozo Sato: Design Illustrates Culture

Nissan Legend 10
Yoshikazu Hanawa: Towards Today’s Global Nissan

Nissan Breaks its Own Record for Most Electric Car Sales in a Year

Nissan LEAF - Electric VehicleWe recently flipped our calendars from October to November, but even before Halloween had hit, Nissan had already flipped a page in the record book. Even with a couple months left in the year, the brand has already broken its own record for most electric car sales in a single year, a record set by the LEAF last year with 22,610 units sold. LEAF sales are up 36% this year, and that massive sales growth has already led the brand to set the record yet again.

“With nearly 20 electric cars or plug-in hybrid models on the road today, Nissan LEAF remains at the head of the class, outselling the nearest competitor by 50 percent through September,” said Brendan Jones, director, Nissan electric vehicle Sales and Infrastructure. “Since the initial launch in 2010, our primary goal is to bring electric vehicles to the mass market in a practical and fun-to-drive package, and we continue to deliver electric cars to more new buyers than anyone else.”

The Nissan LEAF has now sold over 142,000 units worldwide. All these sales numbers prove one thing: the Nissan LEAF is an EV for everyone, not just for a select few. It’s a practical, affordable, and extremely valuable vehicle—and oh, it just so happens to also help save the environment and save LEAF owners a lot of money. Come see us at Lewis Nissan to learn more toady.