NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The 2017 Nissan LEAF has been named one of the “5 Best Electric Cars Under $40,000” by the editors of Kelley Blue Book. “Keep in mind all of these vehicles are eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit – in addition to potential state and local incentives – bringing the net price for each of them to below $30,000,” states the introduction to the special EV section.
In selecting the Nissan LEAF, the Kelley Blue Book evaluation team wrote: “Dating all the way back to the dawn of this decade, the groundbreaking and ever-evolving LEAF has received several upgrades and enhancements over the years.”
The editors also credit LEAF for bringing affordable electric vehicles to a wide consumer audience, writing: “When the Nissan LEAF debuted in 2011, it brought electric vehicles to the masses. Easy to drive, whisper-quiet, respectable cargo capacity thanks to its hatchback design and refueling that’s as easy as plugging in a power cord, the LEAF has moved nearly a quarter-million units worldwide, making it the best-selling EV yet.”
“The Nissan LEAF continues to show its strength as the most popular electric vehicle in the world – with sales exceeding 100,000 in the United States alone,” said Dan Mohnke, vice president, Nissan Chief Marketing Manager & Marketing Operations. “Nissan is also played a leading role in growing the number of DC fast-charging stations in the U.S., with more than 2,100 CHAdeMO connections to date, which helps all EV drivers regardless of make or model.”
Nissan and EVgo recently revealed a plan to connect Boston and Washington D.C. via nine electric-vehicle DC fast-charge sites. The plan will deliver a robust charging infrastructure along I-95, providing EV owners peace of mind when driving along the route. The Northeast charging route is slated to be on-line this fall. The charging sites have been designed with future advances in EV technologies in mind, and have been pre-wired for a high-power charging power output of up to 150kW with simple upgrades once such technology is available to consumers.
Along with the 100-mile plus range, the 2017 LEAF features a standard 30 kWh battery that can be quick-charged to 80 percent (from the low battery charge warning) in about 30 minutes. Charging on a home charging system (Level 2, 240V) is estimated to take about six hours with the 6.6 kW onboard charger. All 2017 LEAF models include multiple drive modes: Normal, Eco and B-Mode, which engages regenerative braking more aggressively while decelerating.
LEAF’s lithium-ion battery pack carries warranty coverage of eight years or 100,000 miles against defects, plus the industry-leading coverage for 8 years/100,000 miles (30 kWh) against excessive capacity loss. LEAF is assembled in Smyrna, Tenn., including battery production.
- Nissan Motor Corporation, Ltd was included in the prestigious World Index of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index
- Nissan is the only Japanese automobile company included in this year’s World Index of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index
- Nissan enters the World Index after being selected in the regional Asia Pacific Index for the past seven consecutive years
YOKOHAMA, Japan – This year, Nissan Motor Corporation, Ltd. achieved world ranking in the prestigiousDow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) and was the only Japanese auto company to receive this recognition. The DJSI measures companies’ performance in the area of sustainability. Nissan has been included in the regional Asia Pacific Index for the past seven consecutive years but was included in this year’s World Index, underscoring the company’s ongoing commitment to sustainable mobility.
“Nissan is proud to be leading the way toward a new era of sustainable mobility. Our goals are clear: We want to be one of the most sustainable companies in the world and to achieve long-term growth by focusing on innovation and acting with integrity and transparency.”
“We are pleased that Nissan’s leadership in creating a new era of sustainable mobility has been recognized at the highest ranks of the DJSI, World Index,” said Hitoshi Kawaguchi, senior vice president and Nissan’s chief sustainability officer. “From pioneering the world’s top-selling zero-emission vehicle, the Nissan LEAF, to reducing emissions through our manufacturing processes, we are dedicated to using our engineering and technological expertise to help solve today’s most urgent environmental challenges. These activities are part of our third generation environmental action plan, Nissan Green Program 2016. This milestone recognizes our ongoing efforts to be among the most sustainable companies not only in the automotive industry, but in the world.”
This assessment also reflects that Nissan’s commitment goes above and beyond the company’s commitment to safeguarding the environment. Nissan also makes sustainability considerations a priority through social and governance activities.
The DJSI was created to measure the sustainability performance of companies. It is jointly managed by S&P Dow Jones Indices and the financial firm RobecoSAM.
While we’ve heard that Nissan will introduce a 200-mile all-electric Leaf but it looks like there will be another long-range EV in the company’s future. Nissan CEO Carlo Ghosn spoke at the company’s annual shareholder meeting this month and said that Nissan is going to introduce a range extender on a new compact car in Japan. Ghosn also said that new a autonomous-drive, single-lane self-driving steering feature is also on the way. We will see both of them by the end of March, 2017.
We saw a sort-of preview of a Nissan range extender in the Gripz concept at the Paris Motor Show last fall. The difference was that that concept was more of a traditional hybrid, with a fossil-fuel engine powering electric motors. Automotive News notes that the Gripz hybrid system and the new plug-in range extender will share the e-Power name for the powertrain. A longer-range all-electric concept was on display in NIssan’s IDS (pictured above) at the Tokyo Motor Show last fall.
At the meeting, Ghosn said that, “This new electric vehicle will meet consumer demand for greater autonomy and fuel efficiency. It will utilize a new e-Power system that matches the agility, quietness, strong acceleration and efficiency of the Nissan Leaf.”
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