Living friendlily to nature and earth without compromising comfortableness - This is exactly what we need to do now. Eliminating carbon dioxide emission that harms the environment, in other words, building a zero-emission society.
As an automaker Nissan is particularly keen on Zero Emission and has been striving to develop eco-friendly cars.
Electric Vehicles with no carbon dioxide emission or tailpipe emission can be safely said to be the most eco-friendly automobile as of today.
However, developing and delivering quality electric vehicles are not the final goal for Nissan.
What Nissan is striving for is to build an ideal Zero-Emission society by providing infrastructure that helps the comfortable use of such vehicles.
But wait a minute - why electric vehicle now?
Our mother earth is facing environmental problems, the most known of which is global warming, as well as ever-depleting energy sources including fossil fuels. It was our pressing mission to discover energy with the potential to help the situation.
Its history of making cars in environmentally- and resource-conscious ways inspired Nissan to see the potential of electricity.
Electricity is the most-used energy in ordinary households. Electricity can be generated not only from oil but also from nature-friendly sources such as solar / wind / water power. Nissan's age-long research and development efforts on electricity, motor and battery, with backing from our increasingly eco-conscious customers, accelerated the practical application of those EV technologies. Yes, it took the environmental concerns, technological innovation and voices of our valued customers for the electric vehicle to make its debut in the market.
Nissan's first EV named "Tama Electric Vehicle" debut in 1947. (Designated as Mechanical Engineering Heritage in 2010)
At the outset of 1960's Nissan enhanced its effort to develop EVs. Then, the oil shocks brought home to people just how necessary an alternate energy source was, which gave Nissan a pressing mission to make a commercially-viable EV. In 1992 Nissan started research and development of lithium-ion battery and in1997 "Prairie Joy EV", the world's first lithium-ion battery EV was released. Over the following years the lithium-ion battery became more compact to be laminated and mounted on "PIVO" released in 2005 and its follow-on model "PIVO 2" released in 2007. Nissan's EVs continued to evolve and finally in 2010 the automaker brings the world's first mass-production EV "Nissan LEAF" into the market. Nissan LEAF is firstly available only in Japan, North America and Europe, but it will be sold globally in 2012. Making Nissan LEAF available throughout the globe couldn't happen overnight - it wouldn't have been possible without Nissan's technological prowess nurtured over its long history of developing electric vehicles.
Not only such EV-unique features as zero carbon dioxide emission and low noise, countless other new technologies are condensed into "Nissan LEAF". High-power motor and inverter, high-power lithium-ion battery are only some of them. Not only each technology is state-of-art, all the technologies applied to Nissan LEAF were assembled and tuned in the way that each of them can function to its best. When running on a sloping road, Nissan LEAF's motor regenerate electrical energy that charges the onboard batteries. The vehicle also has the IT telecommunication system onboard which enables the driver to search the nearby charging stations, check the charging status or control the air-conditioning via his mobile handset even before he gets in the car. Yes, making an automobile that is friendly to both people and society is only possible by the best-balanced combination of the conventional technologies backed by our long track record as an automaker and EV-unique features.
Developing and diffusing electric vehicles is not the goal of our "Zero Emission" mission.
While "Nissan LEAF" can be fully charged by a household electrical outlet, Nissan is also enthusiastically developing the infrastructure for charging out-of-home.Not only partnering with local governments and third party organizations and corporations, we have been installing charging stations at Nissan dealer outlets throughout the country. Furthermore, Nissan is developing a quick charger in-house and trying to diffuse it so that it can be offered at lower prices. The more charging stations get installed, the more comfortable and worry-free the life with EV would become. Nissan also has established a business to recycle EV batteries as household batteries. As a matter of fact, powering the EV is no longer the only role of its batteries - Nissan is developing a way to supply the electric power stored in the batteries back to the household (LEAF to Home). The zero emission society that is friendly to both nature and people is already right next to you, if not you are already in it.
The future Nissan envisions is the Zero-Emission society with a symbiosis of people and rich nature.
With EVs being an integral part of people's lifestyle, everyone will be enjoying the life with no air pollutions or noise problems.
Since vehicles, homes and infrastructure in town will be interlinked so well, there will be less traffic jam thanks to the IT driving support feature, and the charging can be finished while shopping or watching movies because the charging stations will be available at so many places.
Today's impossible may become routine tomorrow in the Zero-Emission society and that tomorrow is already within reach - before too long your EV might be charged while it runs on the EV-dedicated lanes, or you might be able to get into a shopping mall with you still sitting behind the wheel.
By offering electric vehicles in its attempt to build the Zero-Emission society, Nissan wishes to enrich your life and protect the blue planet as clean as it is supposed to be for our next generations.