In 2013, Nissan announced to the world that they have completed their second electric vehicle, the e-NV200 compact van. Thanks to its small footprint and its fully electric powertrain, the van is just perfect for doing deliveries in an urban environment. Since recently, Nissan announced that it has plans to take their vehicles to the next level by expanding their latest e-NV200 to a fully electric seven-passenger minivan, creating the world’s first all-electric seven-seat MPV.
When the seven passenger e-NV200 is released in the UK this Summer, it will join the current panel van and five passenger versions. Nissan shares that the seven passenger e-NV200 has been a constant request from consumers as they say that it has many vantages such as low running and maintenance costs, and zero emission performance. The e-Nv200 is said to have a driving range of 106 miles on a single charge and its powertrain is said to come from the Nissan Leaf. A charge from zero to 80% also takes 30 minutes.
While the e-NV200 would be a perfect choice of car for families that would love an electric and spacey car, many desiring consumers would be left disappointed as Nissan has yet to announce their plans to sell the e-NV200 in the U.S. People living in the U.K. will however be able to purchase the van for a price starting at £19,895.
What do you think about a car that is able to glow-in-the-dark? Nissan is looking to help you out with that thought with their newest auto called the Leaf which is an electric vehicle that glows-in-the-dark. The Japanese auto maker says that the unique effect of the vehicle is achieved as a special glow-in-the-dark paint was applied to the EV which absorbs UV light during the day so that it can glow for eight to ten hours after the sun goes down.
Nissan in collaboration with inventor Hamish Scott applied the unique Starpath coating that is made entirely of organic material. Although the glow-in-the-dark paint is not new, the coating used on the Nissan is said to contain a very rare natural Earth product called Strontium Aluminate. The product is solid, odourless, and chemically and biologically inert. The paint is also said to be able to last for 25 years.
Unfortunately plans regarding the production of the luminous paint have not been announced. The unique glow-in-the-dark Leaf is however being used to discuss how many Leaf owners also use the sun to power their vehicles.
Leaf owner, Ian Finch said, “overall, we are probably using 25 percent less electricity thanks to our solar panels and it’s a fantastic experience to be able to drive the Leaf using electricity that’s been produced completely for free.”
On June 26, Nissan turned virtual reality into reality as they revealed the physical version of their Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo “virtual supercar” at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK. The 2020 Vision was originally designed as a study model for young designers of Nissan and later formulated as a virtual model for the PlayStation® Gran Turismo 6® computer game.
The Nissan engineering team working alongside aerodynamic technicians, were able to pull-off creating the four-wheel drive chasis by adapting design cues from current Nissan performance models and using the latest digital design tools to ensure that the virtual car performs as realistically as possible.
Although viewers at the Goodwood Festival of Speed were able to see the physical interpretation of the car, the first people to “drive” it will be Gran Turismo 6 gamers. The Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo will be available for download in July and will carry ten different shades.
“This is in line with the Nissan philosophy,” says Koji Nagano, Vice President, Nissan Design Europe. “In reality, not everyone would be able to own a car like Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo, but through Gran Turismo anyone can drive it and experience Nissan’s promise of delivering innovation that excites.”
Nissan has just unveiled their new fastest super electric car which purely runs on batteries. The super aerodynamic posture of this new car certainly assures that its built to cross the red line. Dubbed as ZEOD, Nissan engineers have put a great effort allowing this super-car to hit 186 MPH.
The most impressive news is that Nissan is planning to enter the next year’s Le Mans event with ZEOD. Which clearly means that they are up for a race against some of the fastest gas powered cars in the world. According to Nissan’s Ben Bowlby, they are hopeful of changing people’s perceptions on electric vehicles. We will have to wait for the next year’s Le Mans event, and once the dust settles we will be able to see how much EV’s have evolved. For now check the gallery of the new ZEOD below:
Today there is 1 car per eleven people in this world. From a humble beginning in 1672 automobiles have ever grown into a necessity. With 806 million cars and light trucks on the road today, the automobile industry is quite a prosperous one despite the recent economic depression. Today we take a look at the top 10 automobile giants.
No 10. FIAT
35.88 Billion Euros (2010)
2.52 million (2008)
Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino or FIAT is an Italian automobile manufacturer, engine manufacturer, financial and industrial group based in Turin. Fiat was founded in 1899 by a group of investors including Giovanni Agnelli and it has also manufactured railroad vehicles, tanks and aircraft. In 2008, Fiat 500 won the ‘European Car of the Year’ award. Below is a commercial of the amazing Fiat 500.
Suzuki is Japan’s second-largest manufacturer of small cars and trucks and makes most of its profits from India. Suzuki employs over 45,000 people in 35 main production facilities in 23 countries. Suzuki is headquartered in Hamamatsu and apart from automobiles it also manufactures engines, motorcycles, ATVs, and outboard Motors.
7,500,000 gallons of oil wasted in the Gulf of Mexico only hastens up the inevitable; the end of oil reserves. With the most optimistic figures suggesting only 43 years of oil left in our reserves, it might be a good idea to look for alternatives. While Hybrid cars are not really “the” alternative, they can prove to be good a option in cutting down conventional fuel usage, as well as being your share towards a greener world. Today we take a look at top hybrid cars out there.
mpg: mileage per gallon
Note: Unless otherwise mentionedmpgs stated are combined for both city and highway
No 10. Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid
30 mpg, $26000
One of the best midsize sedans available in the market, it is at number 10 in our list. It comes with automatic climate control, satellite radio, power doors and windows and an antiskid system. As with other cars its engine turns off when the car is stopped and then turns back on when required.
No 9. 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid (SUV)
32 mpg, $31500
The number 9 car in our list ranks at number 7 in the list of most Affordable Compact SUVs. Its 32 mpg make it one of the most fuel efficient SUV in the market and it was also named Truck of the Year at the inaugural 2009 Earth, Wind & Power awards. With its “green” and comfortable seats, its maker call it a No-Compromise Hybrid.