The Department of Transportation is Building EV Charger Corridors for Long Distance Trips

EV Charger Corridors

Forget Gas Stations. EV Stations Are Coming

The range of electric cars gets more impressive every year but, with limited charging stations and reasonable worry, few drivers are willing to attempt particularly long trips without relying on gasoline.

Thankfully, the Department of Transportation (DoT) has big plans to make driving electric vehicles for long distances a bit easier, by creating 48 electric vehicle charger corridors on U.S. highways, in 35 different states.

Each of these charging corridors are scheduled to be about 50 miles from each other, and the DoT plans to erect official signs on the highways to alert you of their location.

Automakers are making note of this opportunity, including Nissan, whose much-loved Nissan Leaf model is one of the most popular electric vehicles on the road. GM and BMW are also working with the DoT, just like Nissan, to make the corridors happen.

Unfortunately, we don’t know when the EV charger corridors could be completed, and it may even take years. But with so many auto companies behind the technology, including Nissan, we are confident that it won’t be too long.

For more information on electric vehicles, or to take the new Nissan Leaf out on a test drive, contact us or visit us anytime at Nissan of Durango, near you in Durango, CO!

Nissan versus Tesla : Save Money and Time and Buy the Leaf!

Nissan versus Tesla

Nissan LEAF Reporting For Duty

The all-electric Leaf is one of our favorite cars here at Durango Nissan. In fact, we not only love the vehicle, but we also appreciate that there is no waiting list and you can save a lot of money.

Nissan is very proud of the all-electric Leaf, and recently has created an ad to compete with other electric models. In particular, Nissan has directly gone against the new Tesla Model 3. Hundreds of thousands of pre-orders have been made for the new Tesla 3, which has actually become a negative for customers. Customers now have to give a deposit, make a reservation, and wait until at least 2017 or longer to get their vehicle.

Nissan is advertising a “no reservations necessary” policy. In addition to being able to get your electric vehicle sooner, you will also be saving money with the Leaf!  The Leaf starts at a lower price than the Model 3 and Nissan is also giving rebate money as incentive.

So don’t wait in line for a vehicle! In the match up of Nissan versus Tesla, Nissan surely wins! Come in to Durango Nissan in Durango, CO and save money with the all-electric Nissan Leaf!

Rock Out with the 100% Electric Nissan LEAF 5th Birthday Playlist

Nissan LEAF

Commence Charging

The Nissan LEAF is one awesome car. In fact, it is the best-selling electric vehicle around. So what better way to celebrate its fifth anniversary than a rocking playlist put together by LEAF fans themselves?

There are some tunes on the list that you might have predicted, like MGMT’s groovy little psychedelic number “Electric Feel.” But you may also find some surprises in there as well, like “Float Like A Feather” by Dawn Mitschele. You can listen to the 100% Electric Nissan LEAF 5th Birthday playlist here!

The new 2016 Nissan LEAF features the best range in its class at 107 miles, thanks to an innovative new 30 kWh battery. The new LEAF is no slouch on performance either, delivering 107 horsepower and 187 lb-ft. of torque.

There’s no poking along here, just plenty of fun-to-drive dynamics and the privilege to laugh derisively every time you pass a gas station. For extra fun, throw in the 100% Electric Nissan LEAF 5th Birthday playlist, and see it for yourself at Economy Nissan in Durango, CO.

Refreshed 2016 Nissan LEAF Offers More Range, Technology

2016 nissan leaf

This White Nissan LEAF Is Green

The refreshed 2016 Nissan LEAF has arrived featuring improvements in range and technology. With the incoming LEAF, Nissan has shown the same kind of ingenuity and design prowess that brought us the original LEAF back in 2010.

Pick up the LEAF SV and LEAF SL models this time around and you will enjoy the best range in the EV class. A new 30 kWh battery permits a range of 107 miles, thanks to an 80 kW A synchronous motor. In total, the LEAF delivers 107 horsepower, making for a “highly responsive, fun-to-drive experience,” according to a press release from Nissan.

Not only will you be able to travel further in the new LEAF, you will be able stay better connected. For the LEAF S models, the automaker is making standard the NissanConnect infotainment system with Mobile Apps feature included, all displayed in a high-resolution 5-inch color display. For the upper trim levels, SV and SL, the display screen grows to seven-inches, adds Navigation and Nissan Voice Recognition.

Regardless of the trim level, you receive a terrific, eco-friendly vehicle with the 2016 Nissan LEAF. Stop in to Economy Nissan to learn more about the Nissan LEAF at Economy Nissan today!

Next-Generation Nissan LEAF Might Have 300 Mile Range

The Nissan LEAF is already the most popular electric vehicle in the world, but if the reports about the next-generation model are true, the LEAF is just getting started. The Nissan brand is now reporting that the next-generation Nissan LEAF could get over 300 miles on a single charge, a range that would give it an incredible competitive advantage.

Next-Generation Nissan LEAF

However, we don’t even have to wait that long to see a more efficient Nissan LEAF hit the market. While the outgoing model has a 24 kWh battery that gets 84 on a single charge, the new 2016 model LEAF has a 30 kWh battery that should get up to 105 to 110 miles on a single charge. That’s already a pretty marked increase, though seems small when you imagine an electric car with a 300 mile range instead.

The next-generation Nissan LEAF model will also include general powertrain updates, a regenerative braking system, and plenty of other features that are all designed to increase the vehicle’s efficiency.

While we don’t yet have the 2016 model in stock yet here at Economy Nissan, you can easily get behind the wheel of a 2015 model today!

Will the 2017 Nissan LEAF Resemble the Sway Concept?

That’s the million-dollar question, and since we don’t have the answer, we’ll go ahead and jump on the speculation bandwagon. We are all aware that a new LEAF is on the way, but Nissan is keeping pretty hush-hush about exactly what that means (which isn’t really much of a surprise). Now that the automaker has revealed its electric Sway concept, everyone is wondering – could that be the 2017 Nissan LEAF?

The simple answer: yes, it could. There has been plenty of speculation that the next generation LEAF could ditch its unique and unconventional design for something more streamlined. According to Green Car Reports, Nissan even went so far as to say that the Sway concept vehicle exemplifies the future design language of its small cars.

The Sway’s modern and refined design, and sleek lines, could potentially attract a variety of new buyers who criticized the LEAF’s current “obviously-electric” look.

Whether or not the 2017 Nissan LEAF turns out to look a lot like the Sway remains to be seen, but we’d suspect that at least some of the design elements found in the Sway will make their way to the newest LEAF.

Love the current LEAF? Stop by Economy Nissan today to check out our lineup of the world’s best-selling electric car!

New Rebate Program Started By Nissan in Atlanta

Atlanta already boasts the second-best conversation rate to electric driving in the country—second to only San Francisco. That’s a pretty impressive number for a city so far South, especially since the stereotype says EV driving is only for California. Now, Nissan hopes that number will get even higher thanks to a new rebate program started by Nissan in Atlanta.

Nissan in Atlanta

Here’s hoping the Nissan program starting soon in Georgia, makes its way to Colorado.

The Nissan rebate reaches out to local employers, who will receive a $1,000 rebate on every 240V, Level 2 charger they install. “While most EV drivers plug in at home overnight, workplace charging enhances the LEAF ownership experience and expands the number of miles a LEAF driver can go on power produced here in Georgia,” said Brendan Jones, director, Electric Vehicle Sales and Infrastructure Deployment, Nissan. “Nissan is investing to support charging both in the community and at the workplace for the thousands of LEAF owners in Atlanta, and Georgia Power is a great partner who shares that commitment.”

There are more Nissan LEAF owners on the roads of Atlanta than anywhere else in the United States, and the green take-over will continue thanks to this great new initiative from Nissan  and Georgia Power EV. The special rebate program—with Nissan and Georgia Power both contributing $500—only lasts till June 30, 2015, so hopefully employers take advantage! Come see us today at Economy Nissan to learn more about our EV lineup.

2014 Nissan LEAF Sales Break Record

The Nissan LEAF has long maintained its status as the world’s best-selling electric car, and after reaching another significant milestone, it’s impossible to deny the LEAF’s ongoing success. December brought with it 2014 Nissan LEAF sales totaling 3,102 units – helping the plug-in electric car to top 30,200 for the year. That’s a new yearly record for any plug-in electric vehicle in the country.

2014 Nissan LEAF Sales

Will 2015 be an even better year for the Nissan LEAF?

The LEAF is a giant in the electric car market. With only a handful of plug-in cars that routinely achieve sales of 1,000 units or more a month, the LEAF stands heads and shoulders above any of its competition. Thanks to its standout design, intelligent technology, and affordable price tag, the LEAF remains a front-runner against stiff competition.

Green Car Reports points out that a redesigned second-generation LEAF is expected for the 2017 model year. Although Nissan isn’t expected to mess too much with a good thing, we are expecting to see updated styling, two or more different options for battery-pack sizes, and an increased electric-only driving range.

Here at Economy Nissan, we invite you to stop by and see just what makes the LEAF so successful.

Self-Cleaning Nissan LEAF Freaks Out Passers-By

Sometimes, the best way to reach people is to make them laugh—even if that means scaring the wits out of innocent passers-by.

That’s exactly what went down in a recent marketing ad campaign by Nissan. You’ve got to excuse automaker; when you’ve created something as sensational as a self-cleaning electric car, you need a sensational way to show it off.

The self-cleaning vehicle in question is none other than the illustrious Nissan LEAF. Its self-cleaning property comes courtesy of Ultra-Ever Dry paint. Clean Technica describes this special paint’s ability to cause “any liquid to slide off the LEAFs glowing finish without leaving a trace.”

As for the hijinks, two “painters” dressed in appropriate garb are painting a light pole that happens to be right next to a beautiful, white, self-cleaning Nissan LEAF. As one painter very dramatically moves out of the way of people walking on the sidewalk, he “accidentally” bumps into his partner, who in turn “accidentally” throws an entire bucket of paint on the LEAF.

Reactions vary, to some extent. Most passers-by are shocked and speechless. One dude appears to run away. Those who stick around, their shock eventually turns to awe. That’s definitely the sentiment we get here at Economy Nissan when we see this hilarious prank!

Nissan LEAF Continues to Set Record EV Sales in October

Nissan continued to extend its lead as a global leader in EV sales by setting yet another month of record EV sales in October thanks to the Nissan LEAF. The little, 100% pure electric EV sold 2,589 units, marking a 29.3% increase over last year and the 20th consecutive month of year-over-year growth.

record EV sales in October

While on the subject of records, Nissan has also sold a record 24,411 LEAFs in the United States this year alone, marking a 35% improvement in year-to-date sales.

Nissan seems to have found a magic formula where others are struggling. The Chevy Volt—another longstanding American plug-in vehicle, and the LEAF’s biggest competitor—has been slouching this year. Sales were down 28.8% compared to last October and down 14.9% so far this year compared to 2013.

To help extend its lead even further, Nissan has just launched a new TV ad called “Kick Gas,” which encourages viewers to do just that. Kick gas by driving a car that doesn’t need one, and you’ll be guaranteed to save money on fuel! Start today at Economy Nissan!