LEAF Battery Improvements Will Double EV Range

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The Nissan LEAF is one of the best-selling all-electric cars out on the market, and for good reason. With its current range of 84 miles, this eco-friendly, electric vehicle option has sold over 130,000 units globally since its introduction in 2010. Now, LEAF battery improvements may have made this electric car more appealing than ever, by more than doubling the Nissan LEAF’s range.

 

The Nissan LEAF battery improvements will allow the LEAF to go for over 249 miles on one charge, a vast improvement that is sure to appeal to consumers who are looking to go green. The details of the technology are limited right now, with Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn staying tight-lipped for the moment. But according to the Daily Kanban, an unnamed Nissan engineer has stated that the battery offers more capacity, while reducing both weight and costs.

 

It might still be some time until we receive official confirmation regarding the Nissan LEAF battery improvements. Until then, make sure you stop in to High Point Nissan today and see what the Nissan LEAF and other eco-friendly Nissan vehicles have to offer you!

Nissan Is Returning to the Super Bowl

New Nissan AdWhether you love football or not, everybody knows what the Super Bowl is and many people who aren’t big sports fans watch it just for the commercials. Now, for the first time since 1997, Nissan is returning to the Super Bowl with a 60-second ad.

“This is a great time for Nissan to make a big brand statement in front of one of the largest global audiences of the year,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations U.S., Nissan North America, Inc, in a statement. “Nissan is on pace for its best sales year ever in the United States – and that’s with five weeks still to go in 2014. We’re not about to let up on the accelerator now, or in 2015, with the upcoming launches of the all-new 2015 Nissan Murano crossover and several other critical new vehicles.”

Being in the Super Bowl ad lineup will be a great opportunity for Nissan to show millions of viewers what it is capable of. In addition to the Super Bowl, Nissan has had big sponsorship opportunities with the NCAA College Playoffs, the Nissan Heisman House campaign, a partnership with NBC’s The Voice, and, of course, the fourth season of Nissan’s GT Academy.

Be on the lookout for Nissan’s new ad during Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, February, 1, 2015.

Nissan Offers LEAF Owners Free Public Charging in Atlanta

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One of the biggest reasons consumers hesitate to switch from a gasoline-powered car to a more eco-friendly, all-electric car has to do with the severe lack of free public charging. To fight this, Nissan recently announced that it will be offering free public charging in Atlanta, on the heels of creating the same program in Chicago.

“Atlanta is America’s biggest market for LEAF, and access to free public charging can enhance the convenience of driving an electric car and motivate additional consumers to make the switch to Nissan LEAF,” said Brendan Jones, director of Nissan Electric Vehicles Sales and Infrastructure. “As the top-selling electric car brand, Nissan is actively working with key partners to ramp up charging infrastructure in Metro Atlanta to make more charging options available for thousands of area LEAF owners.”

The free public charging program, called “No Charge to Charge,” offers no-cost access to over a dozen quick chargers throughout the Atlanta area for two years. This offer is exclusively given to those who purchase or lease a new LEAF electric car. The chargers used allow a LEAF to gain 80% charge in less than 30 minutes, giving drivers additional range.

This program is now offering in thirteen markets, including San Francisco, Sacramento, San Diego, Seattle, Portland, Nashville, Phoenix, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and Chicago. Nissan is looking to extend this program to at least 12 additional U.S. markets by the middle of 2015.

For more information on the Nissan LEAF and its free public charging network stop in to High Point Nissan today!

Highway Patrol of North Carolina Begins Distracted Driving Prevention Campaign

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Around 5,000 people die each year in the United States in traffic incidents directly caused by distracted driving, and the North Carolina Highway Patrol is trying something new to put a stop to it. Recently, troopers in multiple Piedmont counties began the educational portion of their distracted driving prevention campaign.

These troopers will be in the community talking to drivers of all ages about the hazard – distracted driving, which includes “texting, eating, or anything else that takes the driver’s eyes off the road.”

Texting while driving remains an enormous problem in North Carolina, despite the state’s texting while driving law, which declares the use of a mobile telephone while operating a vehicle unlawful. Once the educational portion of the campaign is complete, around the first week of December, troopers will begin to enforce distracted driving laws more strictly.

Perhaps the most devastating wrecks are those that are entirely avoidable, if not for careless mistakes. All you have to do is ignore your cell phone. At High Point Nissan, we support the North Carolina Highway Patrol’s efforts and wish to keep our drivers as safe as possible while on the road!

Nissan Premieres “Project Titan” Short Film for Veterans Day

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Do you remember reading about the two Veterans who participated in the collaboration between Nissan and Wounded Warrior Project®?  Throughout the past several months, Nissan Facebook fans (maybe you were one) voted to build the customized Nissan Titan that took veterans David Guzman and Kevin McMahon on an adventure out into the rugged Alaskan wild.  Their journey was documented in a short film titled “Project Titan,” which aired on Veterans Day.

In case you missed the television debut, you can still view all of the videos tracking the build and customization of the Nissan Project Titan Truck, along with the full-length short film anytime on Nissan’s YouTube channel.

Both veterans convened once again with the Project Titan truck in Houston, Texas to be honored at the 16th Annual Houston Salutes American Heroes Veterans Day Parade on November 11th.

Wounded Warrior Project is an organization dedicated to assisting U.S. military veterans dealing with injuries, both physical and otherwise, upon their return home after serving our country.  We at High Point Nissan are proud of Nissan’s dedication to make a difference in the lives of veterans who have made a difference in our own.  If you have the time, we highly recommend you watch the “Project Titan” short film (below).

 

 

LEAF Has Solidified Its Spot as the Top Selling EV

Nissan LEAF The record setting Nissan LEAF has done it again, setting yet another electric car sales record and becoming the top selling EV. The LEAF has also had the most electric models sold in one year, which comes out to be 22,610 LEAFs. Considering it is just the beginning of November and there is still plenty of time left before the end of the year, the LEAF has set the bar high and will no doubt keep on breaking its own records.

Clean Technica quotes Brendan Jones, the director of Nissan EV Sales and Infrastructure, as saying, “With nearly 20 electric cars or plug-in hybrid models on the road today, Nissan LEAF remains at the head of the class, outselling the nearest competitor by 50% through September.” From the looks of it, the LEAF has no intention of slowing down, and will remain the top selling EV as long as it continues to offer an unmatched price point and features. Since its release, 142,000 LEAFs have been sold worldwide, 64,000 of which were sold in the U.S. alone.

Take the LEAF for a spin at High Point Nissan! We promise you won’t want to give it back!

Nissan Foundation Promotes Diversity, Searches For 2015 Grantees

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For the past twelve years, Nissan has been slowly educating the public on the importance of cultural diversity in American through the Nissan Foundation. The Foundation, which was first started following three weeks of civil unrest in Southern California, helps build community throughout the country by inviting nonprofit organizations to apply for awards each year. Now, Nissan is looking for new 2015 grantees to help continue promoting diversity in our country.

“The Nissan Foundation is committed to enriching people’s lives in places where Nissan operates,” said Vicki Smith, executive director of the Nissan Foundation. “We want to work with nonprofit partners that are developing innovative, relevant programs—ones that help people to have a greater respect for the benefits that come from living and working together in a diverse society.”

To be considered a new 2015 grantee for the Nissan Foundation, your nonprofit organization must be located in Southern California, North Central Texas, Middle Tennessee, Central Mississippi, Eastern Michigan, or the New York and Atlanta Metro areas. It also must be at least three years old. Letters of Intent for these grants are due by Friday, November 21, 2014. For more information on the Nissan Foundation and the grant application process, click here or contact High Point Nissan today!