Nissan acknowledged for environmental performance

by Ernie Hernandez on October 18, 2014

LEAF and windmills

Nissan achieves perfect score in 2014 climate change report

The LEAF is not the only area of Nissan’s emphasis toward improving our environment. Last year Nissan reduced global corporate activity CO2 emissions while increasing production over 5 percent. The company is on track to reducing such emissions by 20 percent (from 2005 to 2016). Nissan has reduced emissions by over 15 percent as of fiscal 2013. Nissan received the highest A rating in performance in the Climate Performance Leadership Index for its reduction in CO2 emissions.

In addition, Nissan achieved a perfect score in the CDP Global 500 Climate Change Report 2014 (found here). The CDP report tracks companies that disclose environmental performance publicly versus those that do not. Interestingly, it finds that disclosing companies offer higher returns than non-disclosing companies, showing that environmental concern does not need to equate with lower profitability.



LEAF is best value in a Certified Pre Owned compact hatchback

by Ernie Hernandez on October 14, 2014

2011 LEAF

Vincentric Names LEAF to 2014 CPO best value awards

According to Vincentric, a Michigan based auto data compiler,┬áthe Nissan LEAF has the lowest cost to own in the compact hatchback segment of all manufacturer’s Certified Pre Owned vehicle offerings. This class includes conventional gasoline powered cars, as well as the electric LEAF. In a crowded thirteen car field, the LEAF came in with operating costs 18.2 percent lower than expected due primarily to having the lowest fuel and maintenance costs in the class. We first wrote that Nissan placed the LEAF in their Certified Pre Owned program last year (found here). Information about the program can be found in that article.

Vincentric uses a set of eight data elements to determine cost to own:

  • Depreciation costs
  • Fuel costs
  • Insurance
  • Financing
  • Repairs
  • Fees and Taxes
  • Maintenance costs
  • Opportunity costs

All of these are pretty straight forward with the exception of the last – opportunity costs (unless you have a background in finance). Essentially, it is the loss of interest that you would have earned had you not purchased a vehicle. With current low interest rates on savings, we have to figure that this will be a relatively small factor now. Vincentric assumes the vehicle has been driven at the rate of 15,000 miles per year, and will continue to be driven at that rate over the next five years. With electricity costs significantly lower than gasoline costs, and the LEAF not carrying around many of the components found in a conventional gasoline powered car, it is no surprise that it leads in these two categories.

So – what does all this mean? It means what many of us LEAF owners have already known: the LEAF is an inexpensive car to own and operate. When you buy a LEAF that has been certified pre owned by Nissan you know that you’re getting an extended drivetrain warranty to provide additional peace of mind, in addition to a car that won’t break the bank down the road.


LEAF sets record sales month

September 3, 2014
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Nissan LEAF sales continue climibing Nissan has just released sales numbers for August, and LEAF came in with a record 3,186 units sold. The previous monthly high was set back in May of this year with 3,117. Year to date sales are 18,941, an improvement of 34.1 percent over 2013 numbers.

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LEAF 2.0?

August 29, 2014
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  Is this really the next Nissan LEAF? The United Kingdom’s Auto Express recently released these images of what might be the next Nissan LEAF. After seeing them, we tend to agree that the next LEAF could look similar to this. Our feeling is that a highly talented pixel manager created them, but no matter. […]

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Plugshare adds No Charge to Charge filter

July 31, 2014
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Nissan makes Plugshare app official location finder Recargo, provider of the popular online charge station locator app PlugShare, announced that Nissan has made PlugShare the official No Charge to Charge app to find locations. We have been a big PlugShare fan since discovering it a few years ago. The great thing about the app is […]

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PSEG offers free EVSE to businesses for employee incentive

July 22, 2014
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PSEG’s own employees have shown benefits of EV ownership The above infographic hits the high points of why they are making this offer: 13 employees saved $19,000 on gas in one year – that’s an average of $1,461 per employee 5,300 gallons of gasoline went unburned 50 to 60 tons of CO2 avoided 120,000 commuting […]

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Set an end timer to charge your electric car

July 6, 2014
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Why should I set an end timer? All electric cars and many EVSEs (electric vehicle supply equipment) come with a timer that offers the ability to set a start time, end time, or both to enable you to charge your electric car within a specific time window. This article offers a sound reason to use […]

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Nissan announces LEAF replacement battery pricing – finally

June 27, 2014
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Replacement pricing lower than many expected Nissan today announced the price for the LEAF replacement battery pack not on their corporate PR website, but on a LEAF internet forum. For a conservative Japanese company that carefully analyzes its every move, the delivery mechanism alone is worth noting. The behemoth is acknowledging the power of the […]

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e-NV200 test in Portland, Oregon

June 12, 2014
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Six week commercial evaluation Nissan’s e-NV200 electric van, based on the LEAF powertrain, will be evaluated by Portland General Electric (PGE) for a six week trial to determine its effectiveness in a commercial application. As we have written previously, the e-NV200 has been tested many times over the past several years in similar applications in […]

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Which charging standard will win?

June 8, 2014
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Will we need to have a winner? When we pull up to a typical gas pump, we are faced with several hose options – regular, mid-grade, premium, and sometimes diesel. Perhaps this is our electric vehicle (EV) future as well. A study performed by The EV Project before it imploded last year stated that the […]

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