World record attempt planned for Goodwood Festival of Speed
In theory, it goes just as fast backwards as it does forwards. And now comes the proof.
At the Goodwood Festival of Speed (June 29 – July 1), the 100% electric Nissan LEAF will attempt to complete the famous 1.16-mile Goodwood hillclimb course as fast as possible... but in reverse, setting a new Guinness World Record for the fastest time over a distance of one mile in reverse.
With direct drive from the electric motor to its wheels, the Nissan LEAF going backwards should be able to hit the same top speed it manages going forwards. With its batteries located under the floor of the car, it has a low center of gravity making the car very stable at speed with little body roll under cornering. And with fewer moving parts than a conventional car, there's less likelihood of mechanical issues thwarting the attempt.
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Nissan signified its growing commitment to light-commercial vehicles on Friday with the launch of the all-new NV350 Caravan.
The large van closely resembles the concept shown at November’s Tokyo Motor Show and will initially go head-to-head with Toyota’s Hiace in Japan.
More refined than the Caravan it replaces, the NV350 offers best-in-class fuel economy and superior comfort without comprising cargo space, says Nissan Corporate Vice President Hideto Murakami.
"The first thing is design. Secondly, there’s good fuel consumption. Third, is its usability and the space inside. Fourth, is the advanced technology, like a passenger car," said Murakami. "These are remarkable features for this car."
In Japan, the NV350 is Nissan’s third van alongside its smaller siblings, the NV100 Clipper and the award-winning NV200.
NV350 Chief Product Specialist Norihiko Yagi says he hopes the new van’s all-round qualities will attract new customers, with Nissan targeting annual sales of 60,000 once the Japan roll-out extends globally.
"Without compromising the basic functions required for commercial use, we developed it to function for leisure and family usages as well, so it’s what we call a ‘triple use’ vehicle," says Yagi. With Nissan aiming to double light-commercial vehicle sales to around 2 million by 2016, the NV350 Caravan is ready to help carry the load.
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As the second best-selling car among all nameplates in the United States in 2011, the Nissan Altima has come a long way in the 20 years since it was first introduced. Now, with the arrival in summer 2012 of the all-new fifth generation design - the most innovative Altima yet - Nissan promises to shake up the mid-size sedan segment again with the most engaging, innovative and stylish vehicle in its class.
Nissan LEAF owners may be hesitant to drive their zero-emissions vehicle due to its limited range, but a new incentive may change their minds.
The more a LEAF owner drives their vehicle the more CO2 credits they will earn. These credits help fund more EV charging stations.
Nissan’s Zero Emissions Fund uses Nissan’s Carwings telematics service to track the total mileage traveled by each Nissan LEAF on the road. That data is then used to calculate how much carbon dioxide each LEAD vehicle has prevented from entering the atmosphere. That amount is then converted into CO2 emission credits.
Nissan sells those credits to the Green Investment Promotion Organization, which in turn sells them on the CO2 emissions credit marketplace.
Profits from those sales are used to fund forest conservation activities, and for the installation of rapid charging stations across the country.
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