Nissan Initiates “No Charge to Charge” Program for LEAF

Everybody loves free gas, but what about free electricity? When you drive an electric car, like the Nissan LEAF, while you don’t have to pay for gasoline, you still have to pay for electricity.

Now, if you purchase a new LEAF, you will receive free access to a wide network of charging stations for two years. Nissan has partnered with ChargePoint, Blink, AeroVironment, and NRG eVgo for the “No Charge to Charge” program. Customers will receive one EZ-Charge card, which will give them access to all four networks.

“No Charge to Charge”

“No Charge to Charge” Program will increase the popularity of the Nissan LEAF

Initially, this program will only be offered in select cities, such as Seattle, Pheonix, and Washington D.C. However, this list is expected to grow by the end of the year.

This program will definitely help relieve some of the range-anxiety that comes with driving an electric car. Now, LEAF drivers can feel confident knowing they can find a charge, even on longer trips.

Does this free access to charging stations across the country make you more likely to purchase a Nissan LEAF?

Nissan Wins 2014 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award

You wouldn’t think a tiny air leak would be that much of a waste, but Nissan’s air-leak detection squad has repaired enough leaks in compressed air tubing to save 11,300 megawatt hours of energy just last year.

“We saved enough energy to power more than 700 homes for a year, offset the greenhouse gas emissions of nearly 2,800 tons of landfill waste or better yet, to drive the all-electric Nissan LEAF around the earth more than 40,000 times,” said John Martin, Nissan’s senior vice president, Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management and Purchasing, in a statement.

2014 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award

Nissan’s Energy Management Team saved enough energy to drive the all-electric Nissan LEAF around the earth more than 40,000 times.

Because of these tremendous energy savings, Nissan was awarded the EPA’s 2014 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award for the third year in a row.

In addition to stopping air leaks, Nissan’s Energy Management Team has found ways to incorporate natural sunlight into the lighting, derived an innovative three-wet paint process to save energy, and has even looked into the community to help others reach their energy-savings goals.

Here at Economy Nissan we are proud to see Nissan working so hard to conserve energy and even reaching out to the community to help others.

Nissan Amps up Testing for ZEOD RC

As the Le Mans 24 Hours gets closer, Nissan is kicking testing for the ZEOD RC into high gear. The ZEOD RC is the electric hybrid prototype set to take on the racing world.

Nissan ZEOD RC

The Nissan ZEOD RC was tested by Wolfgang Reip

Recently, Nissan put the ZEOD RC through rigorous testing at Snetterton in the UK and will then send it to the Paul Ricard circuit in southern France later this month.

Behind the wheel of the ZEOD RC while at Snetterton is Nissan GT Academy winner Wolfgang Reip. He will be joined by fellow Academy winner Lucas Ordonez at Paul Ricard.

“Testing is probably one of the most important processes of all the development of the car because it’s only when you test that you see the result of all your work and that you see what you need to improve,” Reip said, in a statement. “To really see if the car is reliable there is nothing better than a proper track test. A good test day is where you learn a lot and have the least amount of issues as possible.”

Nissan even released a video of the ZEOD RC in action.

The NISMO team will gather data from the testing to make any necessary changes to the car to improve its performance. The ZEOD RC will compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours this summer under the “Garage 56” slot, which is reserved for new prototype cars.

Here at Economy Nissan, we can’t wait to see the ZEOD RC blow away the competition with its innovative hybrid technology.

New 2015 Nissan Murano to Be Shown in New York

The New York Auto Show is just a couple of weeks away and Nissan has announced that it will unveil the next-generation Murano at the show on April 16.

2015 Nissan Murano

The sneak-peak of the 2015 Nissan Murano.

In a statement, Nissan described the 2015 Nissan Murano as “all-new” with a “spacious, premium interior and advanced, purposeful safety and connective technology.”

So far, the only information Nissan has released about the new design is a shadowy 10-second video that mostly highlights the Murano’s angular headlights. There also seems to be a slight hint of a “floating roof,” which Nissan has said would make its way across the lineup.

From that short snippet, Car and Driver thinks the new Murano will resemble the Resonance Concept that debuted in Detroit in 2013. It definitely has similarly shaped headlights.

Here at Economy Nissan, we sure hope the 2015 Nissan Murano looks like the Resonance. That would be one beautiful vehicle. We can’t wait to see the real thing in less than two weeks.