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Nissan Leaf: A Revolution In Car Design?

The Japanese carmaker Nissan has been at the forefront of the industry for many years. Their latest Leaf model has become exceptionally popular in recent times, and this article will take a look at just some of the reasons for that. With a bit of luck, you’ll gain a better understanding of the car and its benefits by the time you leave this page.

An entirely electric car

The best thing about the Nissan Leaf for most people is that it’s an entirely electric vehicle. That means you will never have to stop at the gas station to fill your tank again! Of course, it might present some issues when traveling in areas that lack charging points.

Zero emissions

As the Leaf is all-electric, that means drivers don’t make an adverse impact on the environment when they spend time behind the wheel. Indeed, with zero emissions, you can travel as much as you like without every stressing about your impact on the planet.

Quick off the mark

The electric motors used on the Nissan Leaf provide rapid acceleration. So, don’t think you’re not going to drive fast just because it’s an electric car. The Leaf can compete with most other vehicles on the road.

Anyone who wants to get hold of the Nissan Leaf this year will have to decide between buying the model outright or leasing it from a private supplier. The infographic published under this paragraph will assist you in making the right decision. Take a look at it now to ensure you leave no stone unturned.


Infographic by auto.loan

Upcoming electric cars that will conquer the market this year

In the past 5 years we’ve seen an increase in electric car manufacturing. Many international developers strongly believe that the future of the auto industry will depend on eco-friendly vehicles. Going green is no longer a luxury, and believe it or not, recent models of electric cars are no longer over-priced. In fact, some have pretty amazing built-ins and in-car technicals to surpass the efficiency and performance of conventional vehicles that run on gas. This year, the industry has spiked in eco-friendly cars; starting from the simplest all the way to the most groundbreaking. Here’s a quick guide with 5 “green” cars that will most like win you over.

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Hyundai IONIQ

Toyota Prius, it’s time for you to move over! IONIQ is here to take your spot. Even though it’s too early to tell whether or not Hyundai’s IONIQ model will be better than the Prius, rumor has it that it will be a fair competitor. The hybrid auto market is on the roll, and as new technologies emerge, it’s tough for manufacturers to stay on top. Hyundai has always been an ambitious car maker, and even though we can’t know for sure how advanced and powerful IONIQ will be, we can state that the plug-in hybrid will create some sort of hype. Rumor has it that the new model will deliver an incredible driving experience; apparently, some of the built-in features will provide a driving experience no other eco vehicle is currently offering.

Nissan Leaf

Nissan’s Leaf model is the most popular type of electric car in the world. Nearly 200,000 models have been sold since the release. The manufacturers are still making upgrades, and this year’s variant looks and feels better than ever. The latest Leaf comes with a 30 kWh battery, which is enough to drive for 155 miles. Why are casual driver so in love with this electric vehicle? First, because it is affordable – $18,000 on average – on average, and second because it looks nice both on the inside and on the outside. Nissan Leaf is comfortable, relaxing to drive and quiet. It is an electric pioneer that drivers are quite fond of!

Tesla Model X

There’s something about Tesla that keeps us interested. The company’s recent Model X is quite the beauty. It can easily get to 60 mph in roughly 3.2 seconds, not to mention that it looks pretty awesome too. Some say that Tesla’s Model X will be the best electric car of the year. It features enough room to fit up to 7 individuals, and it completely redefined in-car design. Sleek, modern and high-tech on the inside, Model X has certainly piqued our interest. The manufacturers argue that it is also the fastest electric car in the world, as well as the most capable utility vehicles created thus far. Safety is Model X’s biggest trump card. Considering it packs floor-mounted battery meant to lower its gravity center, the risk of rolling is extremely low.

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Chevrolet Bolt

Chevy Bolt may not benefit from Tesla’s technology, but it’s still an electric vehicle with great potential. In fact, rumor has it that the most is the most anticipated of the year. The model will be hitting the market pretty soon, and many buyers are excited to test it out especially because it comes at an affordable cost – on average, $30,000. The fully electric hatchback offers seating for 5 people, thus making it ideal for small families. The engine can handle a mileage of 200, and the quick charging (30 minutes for 90 miles) will surely appeal to potential customers.

BMW i3

BMW’s i3 model is a remarkable electric hatchback. Featuring a rather unusual exterior built, we cannot help but wonder who thought of the design. The structure is made of carbon fiber, and as for the electric powertrain, the i3 packs legendary driving dynamics. Due to a low gravity center, the cars can easily go from 0 to 60mph in roughly 6.5 seconds. In terms of charging, this urban beauty doesn’t take longer than 3 hours to reach its full potential.

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Numerous other electric cars are preparing to enter the market. Some see promising, whereas others are just pure science fiction. We still hope for Porsche’s Mission E to emerge so that Tesla can have some real competition.

By Christopher Austin and Design911.co.uk!

 

Be a vehicular environmentalist with these fuel-efficient cars in 2016

Car manufacturers have been working hard to produce cars which have lower emissions and have as little an effect as possible on the environment. However, despite the good intention behind these vehicles the number of sales is declining, in parallel with the reduction in the cost of fuel. As fuel becomes cheaper it is easier and more affordable for consumers to return to standard gasoline engines.

However, manufacturers are continuing to bring new, fuel efficient cars into production; this may be in part due to these cars being designed whilst fuel process were exceptional high. The range of new, fuel efficient cars expected to be released in the near future include the Toyota Prius hybrid, Chevrolet Volt ‘extended range’ electric vehicle, the Nissan Leaf full electric vehicle and the new Tesla X model.

Porsche Carrera S by SONY NEX-5

In fact the twelve greenest cars at the moment are all electric vehicles, which should not really be a surprising fact. The fact that the market for these vehicles is slowing will force the prices down and help people who want to help the environment but couldn’t previously afford to.  These people are being aided by discounts, cash rebates and the federal tax credit which can go as high as US$7,500!

The Best

The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive received a green score of 63 from the ACEEE and is, for the third year running, the greenest car available in the US. It can achieve a whopping 107 miles per gallon in a combined environment. Although the Chevrolet Spark EV gives it a good run for its money; it also scores 63 and can do a huge 119 miles to the gallon!

Top Fuel Efficient Cars

    • Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Convertible / coupe which can do 68 miles on one charge and 107mpg.
    • Chevrolet Spark EV is only available in California, Maryland and Oregon. It can do 82 miles on one charge and 119mpg.
    • Fiat 500e is available in California and Oregon and can go for 82 miles without a recharge. IT can achieve 104mpg and scored 62 in the ACEEE ratings.
    • Toyota Prius Ecco is a hybrid electric / gas combination which can achieve 56mpg and scored 61 in the ACEEE tests.
    • Volkswagen e-golf can travel 83 miles on one charge at an average rating of 116 mpg. It scored 61 and is available in a wide range of states.
    • Nissan Leaf; this all electric vehicle can do 107 miles on one charge and achieve 116mpg!

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  • Kia Soul Electric is only available in California, it can do 93 miles on one charge and achieves 105mpg
  • Toyota Prius C is a hybrid which scores 61 in tests and can offer 50mpg.
  • Standard Toyota Prius – this vehicle is also a hybrid and scores 58 in the tests while providing 52mpg.
  • Ford Focus Electric can cover 76 miles in one charge and offers 105 miles per gallon. It is available across America and scored 57 in the ACEEE tests.
  • Chevrolet Volt – this hybrid vehicle offers 53 miles on one charge and 106 miles per gallon on electric only power or 42mpg in gasoline mode.
  • Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid; with a score of 56 this vehicle takes the number twelve spot and offers 44mpg under a hybrid electric / gasoline mix.  It scored 56 in the ACEEE test.
  • Porsche 911 Carrera S – the 911 Carrera S can get to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds. This makes it both fast and fuel-efficient. There’s a 3.8 flat six engine under the hood that helps this beauty get to 400 hp.

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The Rating

The rating is decided based upon the mile per gallon figure, the emissions and the overall impact on the environment which includes the effect of its manufacture. Even a zero rated emissions car will have had an environmental impact depending upon the materials used and how the power is generated to both manufacture it and run it. Whilst an electric vehicle is going to be much more environmentally friendly than a petrol powered one, the actually effect on the environment is controlled by how the electricity is generated which powers it.

By Christopher Austin and Design911.co.uk!

City Driving: Does It Make Sense To Buy A Nissan Leaf?

If you commute to work and back each day, there’s one car you will no doubt come across on your travels. The Nissan Leaf is Japan’s flagship electric vehicle. It’s a compact hatchback that looks like a “regular” car and doesn’t sport any unusual styling.

It’s also one of the best-selling electric vehicles of 2015 – a trend that’s set to continue. But, if you’re trying to cut down on your commuting costs, should you consider a Nissan Leaf? The answer is “it depends.”

Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Here are some reasons why it may make sense to trade your gas guzzler in for a green Nissan Leaf:

It boasts zero emissions

Carbon emissions may not be at the forefront of your mind, but they should be! Even if you’re not an environmentalist, there’s one train of thought to consider. Vehicles that aren’t good for the environment will get taxed a lot more in the future.

That means the car you drive today could cost you a fortune to keep on the road in the future! Electric vehicles offer zero emissions. As such, many governments encourage people to buy such cars by charging low tax or even none at all!

Financial reasons aside, the Nissan Leaf is a green vehicle. It won’t emit any nasty carbons into the atmosphere, especially when it’s idle. If you abhor petrol and diesel fumes, you’ll love the Nissan Leaf!

It’s perfect for city driving

Electric cars are usually suited to those that do a lot of local, daily driving. So, if you commute to work on the other side of town, the Nissan Leaf is the car is for you.

First of all, it offers plenty of range from a single charge. Of course, if range anxiety worries you, there are some things you can do to increase your range. For instance, only fit good tyres to the car such as the Bridgestone Potenza ones. And you can adjust your driving style for economy rather than speed.

Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

The Nissan Leaf does around 84 miles to a single battery charge. So, let’s say your place of work is five miles away from home, and you do around 20 miles of driving on the weekend. You’d only do 70 miles of driving a week, and you only need to charge your battery once a week!

It’s compact size makes it easy to park

In a busy town or city, it’s often hard to find a suitable parking space when you’re out and about. The good news is that parking is no longer stressful when you drive the Nissan Leaf.

It’s a compact hatchback and can fit into even the tightest of spaces! Plus, there’s plenty of technology to lend a helping hand. For example, the car comes with an “Around View Monitor” that gives you a 360-degree view around you. That’s thanks to the cluster of cameras that give a bird’s eye view of your surroundings.
In a nutshell, the Nissan Leaf is your perfect partner for city driving. It might not be the world’s most luxurious car. But, it’s a car aimed at those that want to lead a greener and more frugal lifestyle.

5 Reasons Why You Should Drive a Renault Zoe Dynamique


Image From Autoviva

What do you do if you want to buy a car that’s cost effective, trustworthy and clean while avoiding a hybrid? Well, there is really only one answer, or one good answer anyway, and that’s the Renault Zoe Dynamique. Renault decided to go all out and make a car that was entirely electric and affordable to ordinary drivers, and the results have really paid off. Here are 5 reasons why we think the Zoe Dynamique is a car every driver should consider.

It’s Electric!

Most electric cars today are out of the reach of most ordinary consumers so this is a really big deal. Hybrids are great and everything but a fully electric car places the Zoe on another plane entirely. And you don’t have to make great sacrifices to go green either. It can go 130 miles after a single charge, but this can be reduced by some factors like weather and temperature.

It’s Incredibly Smooth and Agile

Gearless driving is just one of the great benefits of driving an electric powered car. Not having to shift the gear stick every so often allows for a dramatically smoother drive than any fuel reliant car. Once the battery is charged there’s no holding you back, you’re can cruise to whatever speed you like (within the limit of course!) and feel no shake or wobble. The Zoe Dynamique really does make you rediscover the true pleasure of simply driving in a way only an electric car could.

It’s Very Affordable

Right now you could log onto lifestyleeurope.co.uk and buy a Renault Zoe Dynamique for little more than £10,000. The prices of the Zoe are even more impressive when you factor in the costs you’ll save each week by not buying petrol. It’s a great saving in the short term but an even greater one in the long term. And if you’re buying one new it will cost about £13,000 when you’ve factored in the plug-in car grant offered by the government.

It Has Great Tech

Renault don’t do innovation half-heartedly. Along with the electric engine you get a whole host of other new gadgets and technologies should you choose the Zoe Dynamique. You get Renault’s multimedia system which you can download your own apps for. It also has bluetooth, climate control, touch screen controls and a navigation system. There’s really nothing more you could ask for on the tech front.

It Looks Like the Future

It’s not just the car’s lack of carbon emissions which point to the future, the Zoe Dynamique also looks like it’s just arrive from the future in a time machine. That white, vibrant interior is especially cool. It’s right that it should look this way because, as all hybrid/electric car manufacturers know, the futuristic look sells cars. It’s the kind of car that will catch the eye of any pedestrian strolling past as you drive by in your silent electric wonder.

Electric Vehicles Available Now

Since 2008, we have been covering the electric vehicle market, and things have certainly changed since then.  Back in the day, an electric vehicle startup, Tesla Motors, perked international interest with the Tesla Roadster.  Then dozens of concepts, specialized automakers, and eletrofitters rolled in. I remember when it was only the little guys like ZAP, Think, Tesla, Zenn, etc. We’ve seen exotic supercars and concepts like the Eliica, Aptera, and Lightning GT, and low speed, neighborhood electric vehicles like the BG-100 and REVA. Some came to fruition, some did not.  This international attention  garnered the interested of the major automakers like Ford, GM, Nissan, and Mitsubishi.  These majors not only created concepts, but have begun delivering electric vehicles in mass.  Here are a few fully charged, highway capable 2012 models for the masses that you can order for delivery right now. In the US, these all qualify for a $7,500 federal tax credit.

The 2012 Ford Focus EV is one of my favorites because, from the outside, you can’t even tell that it is an EV. The Ford Focus EV is built on the same glider as the third generation ICE model. The EPA rated its range at 76 miles per charge and a fuel economy of 105 MPG equivalent. Production began in December 2011, in Wayne, Michigan.

I had a chance to drive the first model of the  Mitsubishi i-MiEV at the 2010 New York Auto Show. I preferred it too the Mini-E, because it had more natural coasting and braking, and the battery was tucked under the carriage instead of being jammed in the back hatch area. On the Japanese test cycle, the vehicle has a 100 mile charge, but the EPA, the harsh critics they are, rated it at merely 62 miles. Over 20,000 of these little buggies have been sold worldwide. Prices vary widely regionally and so do tax incentives. In the Japanese market, the i-Miev is only $23,000 after subsidies, in Europe and the US it’s about $30,000, and $50,000 in Australia.

I have already spotted a few 2012 Nissan Leafs  in the wild already.  Although, I don’t know why so many people choose the seemingly trademark, “blue ocean” color.  The EPA rated this hatchback at 73 miles-per-charge. After tax incentives in the US, the price is solidly below $30k at $27,000.  Nissan is claiming an increase in range and a pretty significant decrease in price in the next model year.

We are all still wrapping our heads around a company from Palo Alto, California won the Motor Trend Car of the Year with the 2012 Tesla Model S. Not Detroit, Japan, or Germany, but essentially a company founded by a guy who made his first millions from PayPal. The award really means something though: that technology, innovation, and thinking outside the box in the automotive world can really evolve the industry in ways not possible through traditional thinking. Motor Trend states the $50,000 supercar (after US tax credits) “smoothly effortless as a Rolls-Royce, can carry almost as much stuff as a Chevy Equinox, and is more efficient than a Toyota Prius.” This simply was not possible before.