Electric ChargePoint System May Speed Up Electric Vehicle Charge Time

ChargePoint system
The Nissan LEAF Is Just Waving At You

The Nissan LEAF is paving the way for many electric cars in the US, and it may be getting a new supercharging system. While Nissan electric vehicle technology is about as innovative as it gets, one drawback for many electric car owners is the time it takes to charge electric vehicles—until now, it seems.

Quick Battery Charging System

According to Clean Technica, Nissan may be getting a new electric ChargePoint system developed by EVgo. Working with several other automakers to form a coalition of automakers, Nissan announced in January that it was working with Tesla and other groups to create a truly quick battery-charging system.

120kW Of Electricity

For many, the issue isn’t actually vehicles like the Nissan LEAF. Instead, many charging stations are not equipped to handle “fast charging,” or what is frequently referred to as “Level 3” charging. While many stations and public ports have Level 2 charging, few places let you get more than 50kw at a time. However, Nissan, working with Tesla, may be able to get as much as 120kW at a time across several places in the US.

Where To Find Charging Stations

In fact, several places in western Europe offer supercharging stations. Nissan announced in early August that it was working with a company named DBT to create 150kW charging stations, adding that it will hopefully have up to 2,100 stations in the US in the near future. Here at Santa Cruz Nissan in Santa Cruze, CA we can’t wait to see what happens over the next few years.

Travel Planning with an EV

Travel Planning with an EV
Nissan LEAF In The Spotlight

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!

Fourth of July Traveling in Your Nissan LEAF®

Fourth of July traveling
The Nissan LEAF Lights Up The Night

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.

You can also see the fireworks at Pier 39 in Fisherman’s Whorf in San Francisco, hit up the Caesars Palace July 4th Celebration in Las Vegas, or even stay home in Santa Cruz and check out the many parades and festivals here—your Nissan LEAF® is the perfect car for downtown parking!

Find out more about the Nissan LEAF® today at Santa Cruz Nissan in Santa Cruz, CA!

Next-Generation Nissan LEAF Coming in 2018

next-generation Nissan LEAF

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.