Despite Tesla hogging the spotlight, the Nissan LEAF remains the best selling electric vehicle to date, having sold over 300,000 units since it was introduced in 2010. Nissan wants to retain that sales title and has announced plans to introduce eight new hybrid and pure-electric vehicles by 2022 in a bid to sell 1 million electrified vehicles a year by 2022.
The bold initiative is part of the company’s M.O.V.E. to 2022 midterm plan, which also calls for the ramp up of autonomous and connected vehicles.
The range of new vehicles will span both the Nissan and Infiniti brands, with the Japanese automaker previously confirming that its next EV will be an electric crossover based on the IMx concept (pictured) that was unveiled at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. It is also preparing an affordable EV for China and two other electric vehicle derivatives based on the LEAF for the Venucia brand.
Nissan will expand its e-POWER hybrid technology — it has only been available in Japan — globally and expects electrified vehicles to make up 30 percent of its U.S. sales by 2025.
Infiniti, Nissan’s luxury division, is diving head first into electrification like other premium brands and will only launch hybrid or pure electric vehicles starting in fiscal year 2021. The company wants 50 percent of its global sales to be comprised of electrified vehicle by 2025.
Beyond just introducing more electrified vehicles, Nissan also plans to expand the availability of ProPilot autonomous driving technology to 20 models in 20 markets, as well as offer connectivity for 100 percent of its lineup by 2022.
Nissan Creates Battery Powered Electric Ice Cream Van
It’s a one-off, but how long until all ice cream vans go electric?
Of the many ways companies operating in the UK celebrated the country’s Clean Air Day, Nissan chose to build a one-off all-electric ice cream van that could very well save the ice cream truck from going extinct.
“Sky to Scoop”, as the concept is called, was jointly developed by Japanese automaker and Mackie’s of Scotland, a creamery that powers its dairy farm with renewable wind and solar energy. It is based on the Nissan e-NV200 electric commercial van and uses Nissan Energy Roam — a 40kWh portable powerpack — instead of a diesel generator to keep the ice cream and beverages cold. Solar panels on the roof allows it to recharge without having to plug into the grid.
Scheduled to go on sale in 2019, the Nissan Energy Roam uses lithium-ion cells recovered from early first-generation Nissan electric vehicles. It not only provides clean power anywhere, but it also makes battery-powered vehicles even more sustainable.
“Most ice cream vans, particularly older models, have diesel engines which are kept running to operate the refrigeration equipment,” Nissan says. “These motors are criticized for producing harmful emissions, including black carbon, when left idling.”
As preposterous as it might sound, some UK towns and cities are actually considering banning ice cream vans, so Nissan’s electric ice cream truck could very well provide a solution of sorts with its low carbon footprint. What do you think?
All-new, 2020 Nissan Versa Dresses Up Like Altima, Brings More Tech
Nissan’s small family sedan is no longer the ugly duckling in its class.
The Nissan Versa has always been basic transportation that sold on price and a deceptively voluminous interior, but nothing else. The second-generation Versa also happened to be a sight for sore eye — a homely-looking car by any definition.
Well, that all changes for the better with the all-new, 2020 Nissan Versa.
For starters, designers made the third-generation Versa considerably more stylish than its predecessor, giving it many of the same styling touches as the larger Altima and Maxima sedans. Highlights include angular headlights; a big, U-shaped insert in the grille like the ones on the Nissan Kicks crossover and new Leaf electric vehicle; black trim on the C-pillar that helps reduces visual mass, and horizontal taillights.
It looks like a smaller Altima for all intents and purposes and a lot better than its predecessor. Nissan describes the design as “Energetic, Provocative and Engaging.” Do you agree?
Like the exterior, the interior has a more upscale look and feel, borrowing many design elements from the Maxima and Altima and looking nearly identical to the Kicks’ interior. It is also available with a lot more tech features than the previews model, features such as heated front seats, Automatic Climate Control, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
The long list of standard safety features include Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Automatic Braking, Lane Departure Warning and High Beam Assist. Buyers can also equip their car with Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Intelligent Driver Alertness and Intelligent Cruise Control.
Power comes exclusively from a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 122 horsepower and a 114 lb-ft. of torque, sent to the front wheels either by an Xtronic CVT transmission or a 5-speed manual.
The all-new, 2020 Nissan Versa sedan goes on sale in the summer of 2019. As for a new Versa Note hatchback, there won’t be one.
Nissan Leaf e-Plus Brings More Power, Promises 226 Mile Range
You get more of everything with this upgraded LEAF.
Nissan has finally unveiled the Leaf e-Plus (e+ for short), a long-range Nissan Leaf that’s better positioned against the Chevrolet Bolt, Hyundai Kona Electric and even the Tesla Model 3.
With a driving range of up to 226 miles (364 km) on a single charge, the LEAF e+ travels 76 miles (122 km) longer than the standard Leaf thanks to a larger 62 kWh lithium-ion battery. It’s also more powerful, featuring a 160 kW (214-hp) electric motor generating 45 percent more power and 250 lb-ft of torque.
Nissan says the LEAF e+ accelerates from 50 mph (80 km/h) to 75 mph (121 km/h) nearly 13 percent quicker than the standard Leaf, with a 10 percent higher top speed speed to boot.
The LEAF e+ can be charged at around 70 kW with a peak of 100 kW. When connected to 100 kW, it charges in a similar time as the base 40 kWh LEAF connected to the 50 kW charger.
Inside, the Leaf e+ brings a new 8-inch display with an updated navigation system that the company says is more responsive, while exterior upgrades are limited to minor accents and a “e+” logo.
The Nissan LEAF remains the world’s best-selling electric car with more than 380,000 units sold since its introduction in 2010. But with Tesla shifting Model 3 production into high gear, only time will tell whether the addition of the long-range LEAF e+ model will keep it at the top of the EV segment for a few more years.
The price will definitely need to be right.