Vroom, vroom! That’s the sound of quick charging, Los Angeles style, which Plug In America co-founders Paul Scott and Zan Dubin Scott celebrated last month on a hot afternoon at Nissan of Downtown L.A. Paul, the dealership’s Leaf sales specialist, drew triple the number of usual Saturday test drives with Clean Get Away, a party to mark installation of a new DC quick charger (DCQC).
The 2014 e-NV200, Nissan's second electric vehicle, is an all-electric version of Nissan's NV200 "multi-usage vehicle" . Nissan has not yet announced any official specifications for the vehicle, but they are expected to be similar to those of the Nissan LEAF. The e-NV200 will be geared towards both consumers and commercial customers. The Nissan e-NV200 is in testing at the Japanese Postal Service as well as at FedEx in London.
So what did I say when Zan Dubin Scott, Plug In America's Communications Director, asked me to recruit EVs for National Plug In Day’s Santa Monica parade?
I said yes, of course.
Did I mention she wanted to make it the biggest assembly of plug-in vehicles in the world?
The Esflow is a concept sportcar of Nissan's new EV family. The Esflow uses technologies developed for the LEAF, with several enhancements, including two twin AC motors, one for each rear wheel of the vehicle. These motors will bring the Esflow from 0 to 60 mph in less than five seconds. The Esflow is currently only a concept vehicle and will likely not be produced in it's current state.
In some ways, it's a bit premature to be reaching out to auto dealers, since most of them aren't yet selling electric vehicles (EVs) or plug-in hybrids (PHEVs). On the other hand, now is the time to let them know that Plug In America can help them succeed when they do start selling plug-ins. They could avoid some of the mistakes made by dealers with the last generation of EVs. We want them to succeed!
The Townpod is the newest member of Nissan's ZeroEmission family. It is an all electric vehicle, designed to be customized to meet the needs of almost any driver. The Townpod's external design shares many features with the Nissan LEAF, such as hood-mounted charge ports. The Townpod is still a concept vehicle and Nissan has not yet announced any official specs.
The Nissan LEAF was built from the ground up to be an EV. It is a 5-seater, 4-door hatchback based on Versa/Tiida platform. The LEAF has an 80kW electric motor, powered by Nissan/NEC Li-ion batteries stowed in the floorboard of the vehicle. The batteries will recharge in about 4 hours from a home charger and will charge from 0-80% in less than 30 minutes with a DC quick charger. The 2013 LEAF includes a new "S" model, which has a lower price point. The 2013 model also has an available 6.6kW charger, which reduces charge time to 4 hours on a Level 2 circuit.
After running for several years in stealth mode, Nissan reached out to Plug In America two years ago revealing their plans to build an EV for the average consumer, something that would serve the daily driving needs of the vast majori