Just because you go 100% green and choose an electric vehicle, it doesn’t mean you should miss out on the fun. With a little planning and foresight, it’s possible—even easy—to take a road trip in your EV. Travel planning with an EV is just a little different than with a gas-powered vehicle. Use these tips from Santa Cruz Nissan to make your first EV trip a success.
Use a Trip Planner
When you’re planning your route, you should be sure to focus it around charging stations. Resources like www.evtripplanner.com can help you create a route based on charging stations and the distances between them. You can also use these resources to determine charge times, which will help you plan your itinerary.
Take it Slow
Did you know that the faster you drive in an electric vehicle, the more energy you use? Opt not to put to petal to the metal and you can save on time at your next charge.
Know Your Vehicle
You can read other people’s advice online all you want, but nothing is as true as your own experiences in the car your drive every day. Try to spend plenty of time in your car before departing on a trip so you can get a feel for what driving depletes range versus what regenerates it. If you know what your car needs on the road, you’ll feel more confident taking your EV far from home.
Check out the Nissan LEAF at Santa Cruz Nissan in Santa Cruze, CA before you go on your first EV trip!
Located right in the middle of California’s endless coast and sitting directly on the Pacific Ocean, Santa Cruz is the perfect place to visit, but it’s also the perfect place to travel from, especially for Fourth of July weekend. Whether you head south to LA or San Diego, north to San Francisco or Portland, or even east toward Vegas, doing some Fourth of July traveling in your Nissan LEAF® in and around California has never been easier.
With a higher battery range than ever, you can go over a hundred miles before you need to stop and charge your LEAF®, and with quick charging, it only takes a couple of hours. Park your LEAF® at one of the abundant electric car charging stations around California, hit a Fourth of July festival or crash in a hotel room for the night, and get right back on the road. You won’t believe how easy it is to get around in the LEAF®.
Fourth of July Americafest in Pasadena, the Pacific Palisades Fourth of July Parade, and the Studio City Fourth of July Fireworks Festival are just some of the Independence Day Celebrations going on in LA, and with your small Nissan LEAF® and its easy-to-drive, easy-to-park size, getting around the city to them is a piece of cake.
The all-electric Nissan LEAF made its debut in the United States in December of 2010. Since then, many Americans have realized the benefits of electric cars, most notably saving money on fuel. Now that the LEAF is more than five years old, it is in the process of getting a redesign.
A heavily-camouflaged LEAF was spotted recently in Germany and by the looks of things, the new model will have a more modern design that will take on the V-Motion styling present in much of the Nissan lineup. One of the most notable changes seen in the spy photos is the seemingly larger trunk area with a raised trunk line.
In addition to a new design inside and out, the next-generation Nissan LEAF is expected to incorporate a new 60 kWh battery pack. When fully charged, this should give it a driving range of at least 200 miles. The current range of the 2017 LEAF is an EPA-estimated 107 miles* with its 30 kWh lithium-ion battery.
The updated model is expected to make its official debut this September and go on sale by the end of the year as a 2018 model right here at Santa Cruz Nissan. Want to give electric driving a try before then? Come check out the current Nissan LEAF and take it out for a test drive.
*EPA estimate only. Actual driving range may vary.
Turns out, the word “horsepower” actually does have its origins in, well, horses. It’s a metric measurement that compares the power of a draft horse to the output of a steam engine. Nifty, huh? However, these days, cars have more and more horsepower, but are lacking in another area – what Nissan is now calling “desert camel power.” Desert camel power measures how well a vehicle can thrive in sandy, tough conditions, sort of the way that camels can survive in places that horses cannot.
Nissan accomplishes the creation of camel power by comparing the power of a vehicle to the capabilities of a camel, and they did this by having a rider on a camel run up a graded dune, followed by a small caravan of four different vehicles. Experts tracked the capability of the single camel with a computerized formula that measured its power, then applied the formula to the vehicles. The vehicle out of the four that performed best in terms of camel power was the Nissan Patrol with its available V8 engine under the hood, which delivers 213 camel power.
Will desert camel power become a widely-used measurement all over the world? Probably not. But Nissan plans on utilizing the number in its Middle Eastern marketing campaigns. Right here in the USA at Santa Cruz Nissan, we don’t have to worry so much about the ability to drive over sand dunes, but the trek to the desert isn’t that far if you want to try!
The Nissan Midnight Edition spans a wide range of the 2017 Nissan lineup and features black wheels, mirrors, and more to create a vehicle that stands out on the road. Available on the Sentra SR, the Altima SR, the Maxima SR, the Rogue, the Murano, and the Pathfinder, Midnight Edition is available to every kind of driver.
Midnight Edition comes with black alloy wheels in various sizes across the lineup, from 17-inch on the Sentra and Rogue to 20-inch on the Murano and Pathfinder. In addition to the wheels and distinctive black outside mirrors, Midnight Edition comes with a black rear spoiler on most models.
The Altima SR also gets LED headlights and Remote Engine Start and Stop with Intelligent Climate Control, while the Maxima adds a black rear diffuser and all three SUV models get black splash guards. The Rogue and Pathfinder get chrome rear bumper protectors, while the Rogue and Murano are equipped with black roof rails. The Rogue and Pathfinder also add illuminated kick plates.
The Midnight Edition adds sleek design accents and advanced features to every model, so if you’re looking for a package that adds more than just aesthetics, get the Midnight Edition package on your new Nissan.
Since 1983, MotorWeek has been recognizing the best vehicles in the industry with its Drivers’ Choice Awards. Recently, at the Chicago Auto Show, the all-new Nissan Titan earned the Drivers’ Choice Best Pickup Truck award. This is the second year in a row the Titan has earned this award!
These awards are given out to a variety of segments, with each being chosen based on their performance, high-tech features, value, driving experience, and general practicality. In addition, MotorWeek bases its selections off of consumer buying trends and preferences.
MotorWeek Creator and Host John Davis reported, “…Nissan has managed to not just match its domestic and import brand competition in both ruggedness and comfort, but with the XD, fill a gaping market void between tradition Light and Heavy Duty models. Our follow-up award for 2017, however, takes notice that as the Titan lineup fills out, that there will soon be a formidable, powerful, new option for just about every big truck buyer.”
The all-new 2017 Nissan Titan arrives with a bold, new design along with more power and more capabilities. Powering the Titan is a new 5.6-liter Endurance V8 rated at 390 horsepower. Buyers can choose from among five trim levels: S, SV, PRO-4X, SL, and Platinum Reserve.
Come check out the award-winning Nissan Titan at Santa Cruz Nissan today.