Free Nissan LEAF Chargers Available in Major Markets

Free Nissan LEAF ChargersNissan is offering a free charger to anyone who buys a Nissan LEAF in certain markets. The leaf is one of the best-selling electric vehicles and requires a charger to refuel its batteries. The charger, which Nissan is giving away for free in certain areas, is valued at $900.

Though many alternative-fuel vehicles struggle with sales, the LEAF’s sales rose an astounding 33.9 percent in November, a month that marked records for plenty of car companies and models, but few of the LEAF’s competitors.

Brendan Jones, director of Nissan electric sales, said, “providing a complimentary home charger along with free access to public charging is part of Nissan’s effort to educate drivers on the great value of the all-electric LEAF.”

Unfortunately, the free Nissan LEAF chargers promotion is not available in every market, but there are currently 14 major U.S. cities where buyers are eligible for it. The promotion is called “No Charge to Charge,” and hopefully, it will expand to more areas of the United States soon.

We at Lewis Nissan are impressed to hear that Nissan is giving away so many free Nissan LEAF chargers. What do you think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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.

New LEAF Will Look Less like an Electric Vehicle

Nissan LEAF - Electric VehicleThe 2017 Nissan LEAF is scaling back on its electric vehicle appearance. The new vehicle will include a more stylish body that is less unique in order to make it more appealing to all drivers. In the quest to make the LEAF more like a “regular car,” the body will be redesigned to look more streamlined and less like a compact.

“We are aiming for a bigger number of customers, and they are not looking for as much ‘EVness,’” says Nissan. Some people want to buy an all-electric car, but they do not want all of the features that make the car an obvious EV. They would much rather have all the benefits available in a package that looks like current gasoline and hybrid models.

The interior of the LEAF will become roomier and made more comfortable to accommodate longer commutes. It will also receive a new electric battery that will have a longer driving range between charges. This will give drivers more independence as they enjoy the car’s efficiency.  The cabin will include more styling choices, luxury features, and top of the line technology.

If you don’t mind the current model’s “EVness,” come test drive your own LEAF today at Lewis Nissan!

2014 Nissan LEAF Named One of the Best Car Deals

2014 Nissan LEAFThe 2014 Nissan LEAF is no doubt an exceptional electric car, and Kelley Blue Book has taken note of that fact. Torque News has reported that the tiny hatchback has recently been named by KBB as one of the ten best new car deals of September.

The LEAF is known for being both environmentally friendly and easy on the wallet, with a KBB “fair purchase price” of $26,246. (The fair purchase price is a calculation of what a consumer will actually pay for a car, after incentives and other discounts are factored in).

Nissan is also a company that never stops improving. The Motley Fool says that in order to increase the car’s selling power “Nissan improved its range to about 84 miles (not too bad for a pure EV), added new features, and addressed battery and charging problems.”

Want to see how the LEAF stacks up against your gas powered vehicle? Visit us at Lewis Nissan!

Nissan LEAF Twitter Page Slams Tesla in Hilarious Deleted Tweet

Here at Lewis Nissan, there’s nothing we love more than a good Twitter fight. Usually, it’s celebrities battering one another or professional athletes responding to the “haters,” but we were all treated to a rare example of an automaker taking a shot at their competition yesterday when the @NissanLEAF Twitter account posted a picture that took a shot at beleaguered EV manufacturer Tesla.

The tweet, which has since been deleted, featured a photo of the 2014 Nissan LEAF® with the following text: “The Nissan LEAF® is available in all 50 states, including New Jersey.”

Ouch. Somebody please get Elon Musk a steak out of the freezer in the break room. He’s gonna need to ice that burn with the quickness.

Auto Blog Green reached out to Rob Robinson, senior specialist of social communications for Nissan, who told them that the LEAF Twitter page is run by an ad agency and not members of the company, adding that the tweet “was not a tweet that was reviewed or approved by Nissan. We saw it and asked them to take them down.” Robinson said the reason for taking down the innocuous jab was because “we thought it was a discussion we didn’t need to be weighing in on.”

We say keep it up, folks. The Nissan LEAF is the leader of its segment, so why not take the opportunity to assert its dominance? We’d like to hear from you: if you were running the Nissan LEAF Twitter page, what would be the best diss you could come up with for Tesla?

Nissan Has Biggest Jump in January Sales

2013 Nissan JukeUnless you have a birthday or other special event to celebrate, January can be a pretty dull month. And, with the extreme winter weather across the country this year, January was pretty dismal for everybody.

Nissan, however, has cause to cheer. It was one of the few brands that actually had a jump in January sales numbers. Most brands saw their January sales numbers take a dive.

Compared to January 2013, Nissan had a gain of 11.8 percent in January. Leading those sales were the ever-popular, zero-emissions Nissan LEAF, which had nearly double the sales as last year. Both the Juke and the Rogue set January sales records with gains of 45.8 and 54.5 percent, respectively.

Two other models saw jumps in sales. One was the popular Altima with a 4.9 percent boost. The other was the small pickup, the Frontier, which had a dramatic increase of 87.9 percent.

Hopefully we have seen the last of the extreme winter weather and we can all enjoy a long, pleasant spring. Though, according to Punxsutawney Phil, we have six more long weeks of winter.

Memorable 2013 Nissan Moments

2013 Nissan MomentsWith the year coming to a close, and because we represent a Nissan dealership, we figured this would be an appropriate time to write about the most memorable Nissan moments of 2013. There were quite a few significant achievements to pick from, but we’ve managed to boil it down to the three we believe deserved to be at the top. So here goes.

  1. The Nissan LEAF success story. Originally released in 2011, the Nissan LEAF has already sold more units in 2013 than in 2011 and 2012 combined, enjoying incredible leaps in popularity month after month. This was made possible by ramping up its production and accessibility by localizing production in Smyrna, Tennessee. Now, there are over 40,000 LEAFs traveling American roads and saving millions in would-be gas money.
  2. Taxi of Tomorrow becomes Taxi of Today. After years of preparation and legal roadblocks, the Nissan NV200 Taxi finally hit the streets of Manhattan at the JFK International Airport in October 2013. Throughout the coming months and years, the NV200 will be bringing an unprecedented amount of efficiency and cleanliness to the New York cityscape.
  3. New November sales record. After experiencing significant sales gains throughout the year, Nissan’s sales success culminated last month as it set a new all-time U.S. sales record with a 10.7% increase over last year’s sales.

All in all, Nissan is looking better than ever. Which is why we hope to see you at Lewis Nissan!

Breathe Deep. Smell That? It’s the Future.

Nissan is currently sending LEAF-shaped air fresheners to select electric vehicle enthusiasts as well as Nissan LEAF owners and Nissan employees in Europe as a token of their appreciation. The air fresheners are a very symbolic thank you to these individuals for helping bring the dream of a zero-emissions world to reality. The fresheners offer people a sniff of the future, literally, as they are perfumed with Nissan’s new “future scent.”

The “Scent of the Future” was commissioned to Dr. George Dodd, Master Perfumer and Aroma Academy Scientist, by Nissan in Europe. Dodd’s finished scent contains notes of “cut green grass, myrtle oil, natural orange” and even something called the “‘light as air’ molecule.” The scent seeks to awake nostalgia in those who smell it, nostalgia, oddly yet fittingly enough, for a future upon which we are still waiting to blossom.

The scent is Nissan’s latest way to show their extreme commitment to turning a zero-emissions planet from a distant daydream into a warm and authentic reality. The air fresheners give us a tiny tease of how wonderful such a world would be, and encourage us at Lewis Nissan to work harder than ever to do our part for that future.

Nissan’s Autonomous Drive LEAF Takes the Prime Minister for a Spin

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is probably used to being driven wherever he needs to go. However, earlier this month, his chauffeur was notably absent. Actually, his chauffeur was the Nissan LEAF during its Autonomous Drive test drive on Tokyo’s public streets.

The prime minister agreed to participate in the electric vehicle’s debut as they drove around the National Diet Front Garden located between parliament and the Imperial Palace. During the test drive, the LEAF had to maneuver various turns, stop lights and traffic.

The prime minister’s test drive was organized by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. The active role of Japan’s government in promoting autonomous car technologies enables Nissan to push toward its 2020 goal of producing a fully autonomous vehicle for the mass market.

Nissan believes reaching that goal will also fuel the ability to maintain its commitment to zero emissions and zero fatalities.

“I believe that a great step has been taken towards the realization of Autonomous Drive. Nissan will pursue a safer, more comfortable and environmentally-friendly mobility by further fortifying our cooperative relations with the many government agencies and people involved,” Nissan’s Vice Chairman, Toshiyuki Shiga, said.

We’ll keep you updated on Nissan’s latest autonomous drive developments here at Lewis Nissan. In the meantime, let us know if you would enjoy having the autonomous LEAF as your chauffeur.

Nissan’s will have iTunes Radio

Last week Apple released its newest update, iOS7. With this update came a whole new plethora of features for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod. One of the newest features is iTunes Radio. In order to use it to its full capabilities, you’ll need a Nissan.

Nissan announced that it will serve as the exclusive automotive advertising partner for the launch of Apple’s iTunes Radio. The Nissan vehicles to be highlighted with the iTunes Radio first are the 2014 Nissan Rogue compact SUV, the all-new 2014 Versa Note and the hot-selling LEAF electric vehicle.

Jon Brancheau, vice president, Marketing, Nissan North America, Inc., said “We see iTunes Radio as an integral part of our new vehicle launches and ‘big moments’, riding the wave of interest and usage of this exciting new service to maximize exposure of Nissan’s new models. We’re also adding iAd on iTunes Radio as a critical platform in support of ongoing campaigns, such as our college football and Heisman Trophy Tour initiatives. It’s a great way for Nissan to reach the right audiences in the right markets.”

Brancheau went on to say “Nissan, as a brand also known for innovation, is proud to support iTunes Radio from the very beginning, with content relevant to consumers’ interests. We see iTunes Radio being a huge success and we look forward to delivering amazing brand experiences to this exciting new audience.”