Nissan LEAF, an all-electric vehicle.
Electric vehicles (EVs) are a product showing that what is good for the public and the planet is also good business. Nissan's commitment to sustainable mobility begins by addressing concerns over climate change and supports sustainable profits for Nissan by satisfying customers' demands for more environmentally friendly vehicles. Greater movement toward renewable energy such as solar, wind and hydropower in the future is expected to further enhance this segment, as EVs will be able to use energy from a variety of sources.
Nissan LEAF has sold more than 62,000 units* since its debut in December 2010, making it the best-selling EV in the world. Nissan is planning to introduce three additional EV models; combined with Renault's four EV models already on the market, this will bring the Alliance total to eight EVs. The Renault-Nissan Alliance will continue to lead the auto industry with the highest level of global EV sales.
- * As of April 2013.
The Updated Nissan LEAF
Nissan LEAF, our all-electric vehicle, runs on a lithium-ion battery and electric motor and emits no CO2 or exhaust during operation. This EV offers excellent performance and driving feel, with smooth, strong acceleration and quiet delivery across a speed range comparable to that of luxury models, as well as great handling stability realized by well-balanced weight distribution. All of this has earned Nissan LEAF high marks from its customers since its debut in 2010. In November 2012, we launched the updated Nissan LEAF in Japan. This improved version achieved weight reduction of up to 80 kg with its combined powertrain unit, integrated functions, and streamlined battery module and case structure. Additional improvements to the regenerative braking system and optimization of the battery controls have enabled a maximum driving range of 228 km on a full charge (as measured in JC08 Japan test mode).
We also show consideration for the environment in Nissan LEAF's manufacturing stage, such as by using a highly capable motor that reduces 40% of the rare earth element dysprosium compared to the previous model. The advanced IT systems onboard the vehicle have allowed the driver to control some functions remotely, via a smartphone or other device, since Nissan LEAF was first launched. In the updated model, we have responded to customer requests with enhanced driver support functions, such as guidance on recharging stations nearby and the most energy-efficient routes to take. The updated Nissan LEAF went on sale in the United States and Europe in 2013.
Our calculations show that Nissan LEAF produces considerably less CO2 emissions over its entire lifecycle, from manufacturing to end-of-life disposal, compared to gasoline-powered vehicles of the same class.* EV batteries can do more than just provide power for driving. As energy storage devices, they can play a key role in supporting the broad rollout of renewable energy. This makes them a promising contributor to the achievement of a low-carbon society as a whole-not just the vehicles within that society.
Global Accolades for Nissan LEAF
Nissan LEAF has garnered a string of awards for its high environmental performance and comprehensive approach to bringing about a sustainable, zero-emission society. Nissan LEAF was named 2011 World Car of the Year at the New York International Auto Show. In Japan, it was the winner of the 2012 RJC Car of the Year award, presented by the Automotive Researchers' & Journalists' Conference of Japan (RJC), and the Car of the Year Japan Executive Committee voted it Car of the Year Japan 2011-2012. Nissan LEAF also won the 2011-2012 Japan Automotive Hall of Fame (JAHFA) Car of the Year and 2011-2012 JAHFA Car Design of the Year awards, both presented by the selection committee of JAHFA. Our all-electric car was also awarded the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, T ransport and Tourism's Prize in the 2011 Eco Products Awards.
e-NV200, the 100% electric commercial vehicle
The e-NV200-Nissan's second mass-produced all-electric vehicle, following Nissan LEAF-is scheduled to launch in fiscal 2014. Nissan has road tested the e-NV200 since 2011 with several other major companies, including the Japan Post Service Co., AEON Retail Co., Ltd., Coca-Cola Central in Japan, British Gas in Europe and FedEx Express as a global project. Nissan is using the feedback from the field testing to refine and enhance the final development of the vehicle. Providing a large, multi-use interior space to both business and private users, the e-NV200 small van will deliver innovation in the commercial vehicle market and further Nissan's leadership in the EV market. Combining the advanced powertrain of Nissan LEAF with the roominess and versatility of the NV200 base vehicle will deliver not only zero CO2 emissions but also excellent acceleration and quietness.
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Technology to Support EV Drivers
To make new lifestyles with EVs as a part of them more convenient and comfortable, Nissan is developing a range of functional support programs making full use of advanced IT systems.
The Nissan LEAF's onboard communication unit, for instance, allows users to connect to the vehicle with their mobile phone, smartphone, or personal computer. This gives them access to the vehicle's functions like climate control, allowing them to set a comfortable temperature before they get into the car.
This system also lets users check on the battery charge level or start the recharging process while away from the vehicle.
We designed an EV-exclusive version of our Carwings navigation system in Japan allowing drivers to search quickly for the nearest charging stations. Once a destination is set, the navigation system automatically calculates whether recharging will be necessary along the way and indicates where there are charging stations along the route. Newly installed stations are automatically added to the system's map data.
The Nissan LEAF's exclusive IT systems earned widespread praise for their innovation and high quality, winning the Best Mobile Innovation for Automotive and Transport prize in the 2011 Global Mobile Awards.
These prestigious awards are presented each year by the GSM Association, a global info-communications industry organization, to leading mobile services and products from around the world.
The Nissan New Mobility CONCEPT
The Nissan New Mobility CONCEPT
The Nissan New Mobility Concept is a 100% electric vehicle that was developed in response to rising numbers of senior citizens and single-member households, along with increasing use of automobiles for short-distance trips by up to two people. Even smaller than a compact vehicle, it gives the driver excellent views of the surroundings and a better feel for the dimensions of the vehicle, making it an ideal choice for residential neighborhoods and other areas with narrow streets offering poor visibility.
In fiscal 2011, Nissan conducted driving trials on public roads with the authorization from Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) in the city of Yokohama and the prefectures of Aomori and Fukuoka, using local traffic systems and numerous studies. Also, from July 2012 to the end of March 2013, the vehicle was utilized for patrols by the Kanagawa Anticrime Seagull team, a voluntary group operating with approval from the Kanagawa Prefectural Police.
In February 2013, the city of Yokohama and the railway company Tokyu Corp. surveyed monitors using the Nissan New Mobility Concept as part of a program to plan smart communities of the future. Nissan carries out activities like these to produce fresh ideas toward the realization of new EV uses and smooth traffic flows for society, as well as to consider potential ideal forms of tomorrow's communities.