22
JAN
2014
Renault-Nissan Alliance Team
 

Davos: A time to set clear goals for action

Davos: A time to set clear goals for action

Davos was dark and quiet when the Alliance team arrived this morning, but the sun soon came out, along with political, business and academic leaders from around the world, here for this week’s annual World Economic Forum.

Dressed in suits and snow boots, many have stopped by the Davos Hub Pavillion where the Alliance is based, taking advantage of our free cups of car-powered hot chocolate. Yes, our hot-chocolate maker is being powered by the 100% electric Nissan LEAF which in turn has been charged with 100% renewable energy from Davos. To see our earlier post on this unique system, click here.

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Social physics: how big data and on-demand transportation can revolutionize society

Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland, director of the Human Dynamics Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is introducing his new book, ‘Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread – the Lessons from a New Science’ here at Davos this week.

MIT ‘big data’ guru and Nissan Advisory Board member, Pentland stopped by at the Nissan LEAF-powered Renault-Nissan Alliance Cocoa Hut to answer a few questions about his vision for the future of connected electric vehicles, autonomous driving and his ‘wish list’ for social mobility.

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Nissan and FedEx to test 100% electric Nissan e-NV200 van in Brazil

This month, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., and FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. and the world’s largest express transportation company, will start testing the Nissan e-NV200, a 100% electric light commercial vehicle, under real conditions in Brazil.

The trial, which will take place in the city of Rio de Janeiro, where Nissan do Brasil’s headquarter is located, is part of the vehicle’s global assessment and development program, which is being carried out jointly by the two companies.

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Nissan vice chairman: We must use technology to overcome challenges
Speaking to Alliance TV on the sidelines of this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Toshiyuki Shiga, vice chairman of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., said that the world must continue to look to new technologies as a way to overcome challenges.
 
Commenting on the autonomous car, he said he envisages a future in which the automotive industry can improve safety while continuing to build on environmentally-friendly technologies. “This will completely change the automotive industry,” he said.
 
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Davos 2014: "We must make it easy for people to lead a sustainable life"
Sue Riddlestone and Pooran Desai - experts in sustainable living and the founders of the BioRegional Development Group which designs and delivers sustainable communities and businesses across the globe - are in Davos this week, where climate change is high on the agenda.
 
“We take a business approach, finding ways for communities to use their fair share of the world’s resources,” Riddlestone told the Alliance, while acknowledging that people still need cars but that, “We must make it easy for people to have a sustainable life.”
 
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Davos: the perfect opportunity to take the pulse of the business community
Alliance TV caught up with Simon Sproule, Director for marketing communications at Renault-Nissan, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, who spoke about the Alliance’s key aims for the four-day event. The Alliance, which is a strategic partner of the annual meeting of international business leaders and politicians, will be raising awareness of three exciting auto-related technologies: connected cars, electric vehicles and autonomous driving.
 
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22
JAN
2014
Renault-Nissan Alliance Team
 

Why Nissan LEAF is giving Davos visitors a warm glow

Why Nissan LEAF is giving Davos visitors a warm glow
What could be better than a cup of hot chocolate as the temperatures drop close to freezing… especially when it’s free? How about a free cup of hot chocolate made without needing to draw power from the grid at peak times?
 
That’s just what’s happening at the 2014 World Economic Forum in Davos this week, as Nissan displays its unique LEAF-to-Home technology. Instead of plugging the hot chocolate maker into the mains, it is powered by an all-electric Nissan LEAF using the energy stored in the car’s batteries.
 
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21
JAN
2014
Renault-Nissan Alliance Team
 

A temple priest reflects on his Nissan LEAF

A temple priest reflects on his Nissan LEAF
Three years ago, Anyo-in Temple’s Chief Priest Wasei Hirai was one of the first people to take home a Nissan LEAF electric car, and this month he sat down with Nissan’s Global Media Center to reflect on EV ownership as global LEAF sales reach 100,000, with a new customer halfway across the world in the UK.
 
Hirai, who has driven his LEAF 12,000 kilometers, says the car fits perfectly with his ancient temple’s philosophy of innovation and its messages about the environment and way of life.
 
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20
JAN
2014
Renault-Nissan Alliance Team
 

Stay tuned for highlights from Davos

Stay tuned for highlights from Davos
Join us this week for insights from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where we’re all set to be your extra pair of eyes and ears at this flagship event of the worldwide community.
 
We will be serving up regular video interviews with leaders in the field of sustainable mobility – outlining how new technologies and zero-emission leadership can help us to break through new frontiers and overcome current challenges in an age of dwindling resources.
 
We’ll also be showcasing our latest campaign, “Tomorrow, today”, which highlights how ground-breaking initiatives such as electric mobility and autonomous drive are already with us – and here to stay.
 
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20
JAN
2014
Renault-Nissan Alliance Team
 

Nissan LEAF in the money for 100,000th sales milestone

Nissan LEAF in the money for 100,000th sales milestone
• As global sales of Nissan’s pioneering electric vehicle hit 100,000, a celebration Nissan LEAF is covered in 100,000 coins
 
• 50,000 2 pence pieces and 50,000 2 cent pieces to represent Nissan LEAF’s low running costs 
 
Nissan LEAF, the world’s most popular electric vehicle - with 95% of customers willing to recommend the car to friends- has reached a major milestone in its short life.
 
After just three years on sale globally, Nissan has delivered the 100,000th example of the zero emission Nissan LEAF. The car, a UK-built top-of-the-range Ni
ssan LEAF Tekna in white, has been sold to a British buyer based in Hampshire.
 
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