07
DEC
2012
Renault-Nissan Alliance Team
 

Nissan LEAF sets EV parade world record

Nissan LEAF sets EV parade world record

Autumn leaves blew into the famous Silverstone Grand Prix circuit at the end of November. Or rather, that should be autumn LEAFs.

UK owners of the world’s most popular pure electric vehicle got together at the home of the British Grand Prix to set an official Guinness world record for the largest parade of electric vehicles.

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When less is more: Nissan cuts rare earth element usage in electric motors by 40 per cent

It’s a hard fact of life that while electric vehicles benefit the environment by producing zero tailpipe emissions, they can have an impact in other areas. Perhaps the most significant is the use of rare earth elements for the batteries and electric motors.

As one aspect of the Nissan Green Program 2016 – the company’s continuing commitment to the environment – is an undertaking to reduce the use of rare earth elements (REE) to minimise the depletion of natural resources.

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How EVs help visitors to America's great outdoors breathe more easily

You’d be forgiven for thinking that a visit to the great outdoors – the vast Great Smoky Mountain National Park, straddling the border between Tennessee and North Carolina in America, for example – would be the perfect place for plenty of fresh air.

Not so, it seems. According to a survey carried out in 2004, it was considered the most polluted national park in the country with, it was estimated, no fewer than 150 ‘unhealthy air days’ in the previous year.

It’s not just the ten million annual visitors who were at risk but also the park’s natural plants and its local inhabitants, including one of the largest populations of black bears in the United States.

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26
NOV
2012
Renault-Nissan Alliance Team
 

Diane Kruger electrifies the Champs-Elysées in a Renault ZOE

Diane Kruger electrifies the Champs-Elysées in a Renault ZOE

On Wednesday, November 21, actress Diane Kruger, arrived in an electric Renault ZOE to switch on the Christmas lights that will illuminate the world’s most beautiful avenue until January 9, 2013.

Diane Kruger is a German actress, most known for her roles in Troy, Joyeux Noël and Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. She was a member of the jury at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Click here to see her profile on imdb.com.

Renault has been official partner of the Champs-Elysées Christmas lights since 2012.

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20
NOV
2012
Renault-Nissan Alliance Team
 

Nissan unveils updated LEAF in Japan

Nissan unveils updated LEAF in Japan

Nissan unveiled an updated version of its LEAF electric vehicle in Tokyo, with enhanced features as well as more Japanese sales outlets with quick chargers for the world’s No. 1 EV.

The Nissan LEAF has sold over 43,000 units worldwide. The new Japan version will be available in three trims, now with a range of 228 km.*

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Electric cars drive through gas shortage in New York and New Jersey

Vehicle owners in New York and New Jersey have been struggling to find gasoline since super storm Sandy hit the East Coast.  But people with fully electric vehicles like the Nissan LEAF are having an easier time charging up and getting to where they need to go.

After Sandy, millions in New York and New Jersey were affected.  Offices, homes and subways flooded. Trees tore through structures, and even now with much of the electrical power restored and debris removed, it is not easy to get gas.  Long lines at filling stations are forming all across the area.  Even at two in the morning, vehicles are backed up for miles.

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Coca-Cola in Japan to test Nissan e-NV200 100% electric commercial vehicle

Coca-Cola in Japan has signed up to become the latest corporation to test the Nissan’s 100% electric van for commercial use ahead of its market launch at the end of fiscal year 2013.  

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Renault lets the sun shine in with the auto world's largest solar power system

Vast ‘fields’ of solar panels have been installed at six Renault production plants across France to help reduce the company’s CO2 emissions, lower its electricity bill… and protect new vehicles.

The panels – more correctly known as photovoltaic installations – cover a combined area of 400,000 square metres. If that’s hard to picture, consider it this way: it’s the equivalent of 60 soccer pitches.

They have been installed at Renault’s plants in Douai, Maubeuge, Flins, Batilly, Sandouville and Cléon and together are capable of producing 52,600 MWh of electricity a year. That’s enough to power a town of 15,000 people.

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Nissan's new global LEAF advertising campaign brings the future to life

Nissan is bringing the future of motoring to screens, streets and pages all across the world, with a new ad campaign that began in October.

Featuring the world’s most popular 100% electric vehicle - the multi-award-winning Nissan LEAF -  the new ad series shows how a future of zero-emissions, zero-hassle motoring isn’t around the corner; it’s here now.

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ZOE: tomorrow's pioneer wins Brighton to London Future Car Challenge

Each year on the first Sunday of November, the road from London to Brighton on the England’s South Coast becomes a moving museum as it fills up with more than 500 pioneering veteran cars. The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run has taken place almost every year from 1927 and is the longest running motoring event in the world.

But it’s now been joined by a second event over the same weekend, this one looking to cars of the future rather than the past.

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