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Nissan launches the e-NV200

Nissan is now launching the updated version of its e-NV200 electric van, featuring a higher-capacity battery that offers longer range and battery life. 

The Nissan e-NV200 features a new 40-kilowatt-hour battery, which gives the vehicle a range of 300 kilometres under Japan’s JC08 standard. 

The new e-NV200 can also operate as a mobile power storage unit. The vehicle’s Power Plug, a 100-volt outlet, can provide electricity for tools and equipment. With the optional EV Power Station installed, the Nissan e-NV200 can even supply electricity to offices and shops and serve as a backup power source during blackouts and emergencies.

Main improvements to the Nissan e-NV200 include:

High-capacity 40kWh battery

The new, high-capacity 40kWh battery gives the Nissan e-NV200 a driving range of 300 km (JC08 mode). This allows the driver to travel farther on a single charge and also reduces the frequency of charging.

Power supply from Power Plug increased to 15 hours

Thanks to the new 40kWh battery, 1000 watts of power from the Power Plug can be accessed for up to 15 hours, up from eight hours in the current model.

Improved battery life

The battery’s warranty has been extended to eight years and 160,000 km, up from five years and 100,000 km previously.

A full charge in eight hours, even with higher capacity

The Nissan e-NV200’s standard-equipment normal charger now has a capacity of 6 kW, up from 3 kW. By adding a wall-mounted 6kW normal-charging system, the 40kWh battery can be fully charged in about eight hours – roughly the same as the previous standard charger – at places such as a customer’s office or shop.


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Strong Nissan LEAF sales

Nissan’s global electric vehicle (EV) sales jumped 10 per cent in the last fiscal year, driven by growing customer demand for the zero-emission Nissan LEAF, the world’s best-selling EV.

The 100 per cent electric car posted robust growth across all the major electric-vehicle markets in the fiscal year that ended March 31.

Demand is expected to keep rising as customers embrace the new, second-generation Nissan LEAF, which offers increased range and new, advanced technologies.

Sales of the redesigned model, introduced in October 2017, are gaining traction in Japan and the U.S. The all-new Nissan LEAF is set to go on sale in more new markets this fiscal year, including New Zealand.

“The strong performance of Nissan’s EV models globally is a testimony to our expertise and leadership in electric vehicle technology,” said Nissan Executive Vice President Daniele Schillaci, who heads the company’s electric-vehicle business.

“The unprecedented response to the most advanced electric car in the world, the Nissan LEAF, contributed significantly to the robust growth of Nissan in 2017.

“The Nissan LEAF is the best-selling electric car in the world, with the widest reach and the greatest availability. We expect its continued leadership in 2018.”

Customers bought 54,451 Nissan LEAFs in fiscal year 2017, a 15 per cent increase from 47,423 a year earlier. Nissan has sold more than 320,000 LEAFs since the model was first introduced in 2010. It is now available in 51 markets worldwide.

The all-new Nissan LEAF comes with a host of advanced technologies and features, including ProPILOT autonomous driving technology (ProPILOT Assist in the U.S.), ProPILOT Park and e-Pedal, as well as increased power and range.

The new Nissan LEAF received a 5-star safety rating from the Japan New Car Assessment Program in February.

The model’s ProPILOT autonomous driving technology helped it score 94.8 points out of a possible 100 for occupant safety in a collision.


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Nissan to cut 100s of UK jobs

Nissan will cut hundreds of jobs at its Sunderland plant, Britain’s biggest automotive factory, as it tackles a declining demand for diesel models across Europe, a source told Reuters on Friday. 

The company’s sales in Britain have fallen 35 per cent so far this year, worse than overall demand in the sector, which is down 12 per cent. 

In a statement, Nissan said, “We will be managing a planned short-term reduction in powertrain supply and plant volumes.”

David Bailey, a professor of industrial strategy at Aston University, said to the Guardian: “Certainly there is a massive shift away from diesel vehicles across Europe. There is a perfect storm combining “dieselgate,” legislative changes and the reduction in resale values for owners of the cars.

“Nissan is exposed to that, as about 25 per cent of what Nissan produce up in Sunderland is diesel. But they have a lot of hybrid technology after the takeover of Mitsubishi which we can expect to see more of, as well as the electric technology behind the Leaf, so I think they are well positioned to see through this temporary shock.”

Jaguar Land Rover also announced they are cutting around 1,000 jobs and output at two of its factories after a fall in sales which the industry has blamed on confusion with the government’s diesel policy, with a tax hike coming into force this month. 

Demand for diesel in Britain fell by a third this year due to continued consumer concern over planned tax rises and proposed bans.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said the decline in diesel sales suggested owners were keeping their old cars longer. The society also described the drop-off in diesel demand as “disappointing”, given that the “latest cars are the cleanest in history and can help address air quality issues”.

“The ongoing and substantial decline in new diesel car registrations is concerning, particularly since the evidence indicates consumers and businesses are not switching into alternative technologies, but keeping their older cars running,” SMMT Chief Executive Mike Hawes said. 


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Nissan LEAF named World Green Car of the Year

The All-New Nissan LEAF, the world’s best-selling electric vehicle, has been named the “2018 World Green Car” at the 2018 New York International Auto Show.

The 2018 Nissan LEAF is the first all-electric vehicle to win the World Green Car award since the category’s inception in 2016.

“We’re very proud that since Nissan LEAF launched in 2010, we’ve been able to put more than 300,000 zero-emission electric vehicles on the road worldwide, helping to reduce carbon footprints around the globe,” said Daniele Schillaci, Executive Vice President. 

“We’re honoured to be recognised by this esteemed jury and proud to continue to expand the vision of Nissan Intelligent Mobility.”

The latest LEAF rose to the top among a list of five initial category entries and was the stand-alone EV in the running. Jurors considered the vehicle’s overall environmental impact including tailpipe emissions and fuel consumption upon selecting the overall winner.

“The first LEAF was good, the new LEAF is better, so it’s an easy choice for the Green Car award,” said Australian World Car of the Year judge, Paul Gover.

“The extra range is the major advance, but Nissan has also added extra performance and more practicality.“At a time when the world is looking for honesty and realism in new technology, the LEAF gets a tick from me.”

The previous-generation Nissan LEAF was named “World Car of the Year” in 2011 and remains the only pure electric vehicle to win that award in its 14-year history. 

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Nissan to sell 1 million EVs a year by 2022

Nissan IMx KURO concept

Nissan has unveiled plans to launch a growing number of electric vehicles (EVs), expand and evolve autonomous driving systems, and accelerate vehicle connectivity as part of its Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022 midterm plan.

Among the targets, Nissan is aiming to sell 1 million electrified vehicles, either pure electric models or those with e-POWER powertrains, annually by FY 2022.

As part of Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, the company intends to:

  • Develop eight new pure electric vehicles, building on the success of the new Nissan LEAF
  • Launch an electric car offensive in China under different brands
  • Introduce an electric “kei” mini-vehicle in Japan
  • Offer a global crossover electric vehicle, inspired by the Nissan IMx Concept
  • Electrify new INFINITI models from fiscal year 2021
  • Equip 20 models in 20 markets with autonomous driving technology
  • Reach 100 per cent connectivity for all new Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun cars sold in key markets by the end of the plan

Philippe Klein, Nissan’s chief planning officer, said: “Our product and technology strategy is dedicated to positioning Nissan to lead the automotive, technology and business evolution. Our efforts are focused on delivering Nissan Intelligent Mobility, encompassing the three core elements of electrification, autonomous drive, connectivity and new mobility services.”

Speaking at a media briefing alongside senior vice presidents Takao Asami and Ogi Redzic, Klein reaffirmed that the midterm plan aims to boost annualised revenue by 30 per cent to 16.5 trillion yen by the end of fiscal year 2022. The company is also targeting an 8 per cent core operating profit margin and cumulative free cash flow of 2.5 trillion yen.


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LEAF batteries to light up Japanese town

Nissan and its affiliate 4R Energy Corporation have teamed up to install new streetlights that will be powered by a combination of solar panels and used batteries from the Nissan LEAF electric car in Namie, Japan.

As Nissan has been making more and more electric vehicles, the car manufacturer has also been aware that there will be many decommissioned electric car batteries in the future.

As the auto industry makes the transition to electric power, battery repurposing and recycling will be one of the obstacles to be overcome.

The project, titled “The Reborn Light,” aims to provide public lighting for Namie’s residents as part of the town’s recovery efforts following the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011.

The project utilises the growing number of used electric-car batteries that will become available as electric vehicles increase in popularity around the world.

Nissan and 4R have created a new type of outdoor lighting that operates completely off the main power grid, requiring no electric cables or outlets. Since the lights are not connected to the grid, even in the case of a natural disaster which could knock out the central power supply, the Nissan lights can keep on working.

A prototype will be tested March 26 at the 4R battery reclamation factory in Namie, with full-scale installation beginning shortly. 

Nissan LEAF batteries to light up Japanese town

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1 in 3 consumers are open to EVs

One in three Southeast Asian consumers planning to buy a car are open to purchasing an electric vehicle, a Nissan-commissioned study showed. 

The finding demonstrates the region’s strong potential to speed up the electrification of mobility.

 The study by Frost & Sullivan, titled “Future of Electric Vehicles in Southeast Asia,” was released today in Singapore at Nissan Futures, a gathering of industry leaders, government officials and media.

Consumer research in Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines reveals that 37 per cent of prospective buyers are open to considering an electric vehicle as their next car. 

With the right incentives, the region can accelerate the adoption of electric and electrified vehicles, the study shows.

While potential demand for electric vehicles is significant, adoption barriers remain, including a lack of knowledge. 

“Leapfrogging in electrification of mobility requires strong collaboration between public and private parties and a long-term approach tailored to each market’s unique situation,” Yutaka Sanada, regional senior vice president at Nissan, said at Nissan Futures.

“Consumers in Southeast Asia have indicated that governments have a critical role to play in the promotion of electric vehicles.”

“Meanwhile, as car manufacturers, we need to do a better job in explaining that EVs are indeed a safe, smart and sustainable option in all weather conditions,” Sanada added.

“Nissan’s electric vehicles undergo extremely rigorous testing in the most severe conditions. We are very proud that our 300,000 Nissan LEAF customers have driven more than 3.9 billion kilometers around the world since 2010, without experiencing any critical incidents with the batteries.”

Vivek Vaidya, senior vice president of mobility at Frost & Sullivan, added: “Contrary to popular belief that the high cost of EVs is the impediment, the survey reveals that safety concerns and charging concerns run high on customers’ minds. If the industry and government can take away these barriers, the full potential of EVs can be reached.”

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New Nissan Leaf to launch in NZ

Nissan will launch the model in New Zealand during the next fiscal year. The company is also introducing the zero-emission car in other markets including Australia, Hong Kong and Malaysia.

Nissan’s regional senior vice president, Yutaka Sanada said the company is working to bring the new generation of the world’s best-selling electric vehicle to as many markets as possible.

“The New Nissan LEAF is the most advanced, yet accessible 100 per cent electric vehicle on the planet,” Sanada said.

”This ingenuous car will make you feel more confident, more excited, more connected than any other mainstream electric vehicle.

“The launch in so many markets shows our commitment to playing a leading role in electrification in this dynamic region, and to delivering the future of mobility to the region now.”

Nissan has sold more than 300,000 LEAFs globally since the model first went on sale in 2010.

The company introduced a fully redesigned Nissan LEAF in September 2017, with a suite of advanced technologies that showcase Nissan ingenuity, including the e-Pedal system for one-pedal driving.

The New Nissan LEAF also features increased power and range, and improved refinement, comfort and convenience.

The car’s new electric powertrain delivers 110kW of output and 320Nm of torque, improving acceleration and driver enjoyment.

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Six EVs headed to Nissan and Infiniti

A glimpse into the future of Nissan’s all electric fleet – The IMx concept

It has just been announced that Nissan and its luxury division, Infiniti, are scheduled to receive six new all electric vehicles (EVs) within the next five years. 

Speaking with Automotive News, Toshihiro Hirai, Nissan corporate vice president for powertrain and EV engineering revealed that four will go to Nissan and two will be under Infiniti.

The six EVs will be part of the 12 that the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance is planning to release up to 2022, as originally detailed last September on a business plan by Carlos Ghosn, the alliance’s CEO.

All six vehicles will be fully electric and none will feature hybrid technology like Nissan’s own e-Power system, which was proven popular in its home market of Japan.

Although this plan only covers the next five years, Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa announced last month at the 2018 Detroit auto show that Infiniti will eventually become an electrified brand.

Starting from 2021, new Infiniti vehicles will either be all-electric or feature the automaker’s e-Power hybrid system.

Infiniti will launch its first all-electric vehicle in 2021.

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Great year for Nissan

Nissan has been recognised as a finalist at this year’s World Car of the Year awards in three categories; World Car of the Year, World Green Car and World Urban Car. 

It was double recognition for the Nissan LEAF, with the new-generation electric vehicle being named as a top 10 finalist in the prized 2018 World Car of the Year awards and also making the final four in the 2018 World Green Car category.

Revealed in Japan late last year, the Nissan LEAF has been completely reinvented, combining greater range with a dynamic new design and advanced technologies.

A jury of 82 motoring journalists selected the finalists by secret ballot based on their evaluation of each vehicle at exclusive drive events staged by the award’s organiser.

“The world is moving towards electric cars at a fast pace and the Nissan LEAF is one of the best,” said Paul Gover, one of Australia’s most respected automotive journalists and World Car of the Year judge.

“You don’t get onto the World Car of the Year final list if you are not extremely worthy.

“The LEAF is a car you have to look at when you think about the future of motoring.”

The 2018 Nissan Leaf.

The Nissan Micra is also a finalist in the 2018 World Urban Car category, this is the fifth time in the 14 year history of the World Car of the Year awards that a Nissan has been a finalist.

The first generation Nissan LEAF was named World Car of the Year in 2011, with the Nissan QASHQAI making the final in 2008 and 2015, and the GT-R in 2009.

Today’s announcement of the top 10 finalists kicks off the countdown for the 2018 World Car Awards prize-giving ceremony to be hosted by the New York International Auto Show on March 28.


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Nissan delivers 300,000th LEAF

Nissan announced today that the company has sold its 300,000th Nissan LEAF globally since the model was first introduced to the market back in 2010.

The 100% electric LEAF is both the world’s first mass-produced and best-selling electric car. It is also New Zealand’s most popular EV.

“These numbers prove that the Nissan LEAF remains the most advanced car in the world, with the widest reach and the greatest availability,” said Nissan Executive Vice President Daniele Schillaci.

“The new Nissan LEAF is the icon of Nissan Intelligent Mobility because it delivers an even more exciting drive and enhanced ownership experience and contributes to a better world. It will take Nissan’s EV leadership even further.” 

The LEAF also topped Consumer NZ’s latest car reliability survey for 2017, with just four per cent of LEAFs in the survey having a major reliability problem that caused significant repair costs or time off the road. However, the majority of LEAF owners, 97 percent, were very satisfied with the electric car. 

Nissan launched a fully redesigned version of the LEAF in September 2017. The new Leaf offers a range of 400 km, a 33 per cent increase on the 2017 model. It will have 110 kW of power output and 320 Nm of torque a large increase in power from the current model Leaf, which has an output of 90 horse power and 254Nm of torque.

The car will go on sale October 2 in Japan. Though with only imported second hand Leaf EVs available for sale on the New Zealand market, it could be some time before we see the 2018 model on our roads.

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