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 51,400 units* since its debut in December 2010, making it the best-selling EV in the world. We are planning the launch of seven more all-electric vehicles together with our Alliance partner Renault. Our aim is to achieve cumulative sales of 1.5 million units of Alliance EVs by 2016 globally. The Renault- Nissan Alliance will continue to lead the auto industry with the highest level of global EV sales.
- * As of January 2013.
Introducing Four EVs Including Nissan LEAF
We displayed the Infiniti LE Concept at the New York International Auto Show in 2012.
We launched Nissan LEAF, our 100% electric vehicle, in Japan and the United States in December 2010 and in Europe in March 2011. As a zero-emission vehicle producing no CO2 or other tailpipe emissions during operation, Nissan LEAF has achieved outstanding environmental performance.
Nissan LEAF is fitted with a high-capacity lithium-ion battery that allows a maximum driving range of up to 228 km on one full charge (as measured in JC08 Japan test mode). The Nissan-developed electric motor, inverter and dedicated EV platform provide powerful, smooth acceleration and excellent stability and control at all speeds. Quiet during operation, Nissan LEAF offers a unique driving experience, with advanced information technology systems that give a full range of convenient functions. The batteries that power EVs can also play a key role as energy-storage devices supporting large-scale reliance on renewable energy sources. As such, they have the potential to contribute to lowering carbon emissions throughout society as a whole, not just in the automotive sector.
With the addition of the e-NV200, a 100% electric commercial vehicle and a luxury Infiniti model, we will have a total of four EVs on the global market by 2014.
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 all-electric vehicle (EV) following the Nissan LEAF, is scheduled to launch by fiscal year 2014. Nissan has already road tested the e-NV200 since 2011 with several other major companies, including AEON Retail Co., Ltd., FedEx Express, Coca-Cola Central Japan and British Gas. Nissan is using the feedback from the field testing to refine and enhance the final development of the vehicle. The e-NV200 will be Nissan's second mass-produced 100% EV.
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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, 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.
In fiscal 2011, Nissan conducted driving trials on public roads with the authorization from Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLTI). The trials were carried out in Nissan's home city of Yokohama and the prefectures of Aomori and Fukuoka, using local traffic systems and numerous studies. Also, since July 2012, with the approval of the Kanagawa Prefectural Police, Nissan New Mobility Concept vehicle has been utilized* as part of anticrime patrols done by Kanagawa Anticrime Seagull team. Nissan carries out activities like these to produce fresh ideas toward the realization of new EV uses and smooth traffic flows for society.
- * Until the end of March 2013.