The world has changed drastically over the past 30 years or so, especially in terms of our global concerns and the development of the technology of new energy sources. Back in the ‘70s, most people weren’t overly concern about us running out of resources or about how much foreign oil we were using. Until the ‘90s, I’d never even heard the term “global warming.” Sure, there may have been some people who were “green” back then, but it wasn’t main stream.
Fast forward to today, and you will find that the whole US has become conscious of energy, pollution, and climate change. And it’s not just the US. These are global concerns. There are wind farms in Europe, and solar farms in Asia. As a whole, the citizens of the earth are concerned about the planet and want to make it a better place.
Many car manufacturers have kept up with these changes. Emissions have lowered; more and more electric and hybrid cars are being built. When it comes to Nissan, the most popular green vehicles of 2016 are the Leaf and the Murano Hybrid.
· Nissan Leaf
First introduced is 2009, the Leaf is an all-electric vehicle. Of all of the highway-capable electric cars on the market, it is the best seller. This hatchback is being driven in North America, Australia, Asia, and Europe. The price is $29,000 to $37,000, depending on which configuration is purchased.
What most people want to know is how long the battery can last. How long can the Leaf drive before it has to be charged? The answer is 84-107 miles, if the operator is relying on the battery 100%. The reason for the range of miles is that the Leaf has two different battery options, one costing a bit more and performing for an extra 23 miles per charge.
While Nissan has made other plug-in vehicles—the Townpod, the Nuvu, the Altra, and others—the Leaf is their most successful and popular to date.
· Nissan Murano Hybrid
Over the past decade, Nissan has had hybrids go on and off the market. Their current model is the Murano hybrid. This mid-size crossover SUV comes with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, an electric motor, and a lithium-ion battery. Depending on which configuration is purchased, the cost is $40,000 to $44,000.
So how does this hybrid perform? On the highway, the Murano Hybrid offers gas mileage of 31 miles per gallon, placing it among the most fuel efficient SUVs on the market today.
In the past, Nissan has sold hybrid versions of the Pathfinder, the Altima, and others. While those hybrids are no longer being manufactured, Nissan continues to develop green technologies, and they plan to offer more hybrid options in the future.
There have been whisperings of other Nissan hybrids and electrics that will be sold in 2017. Over the years, I’ve learned to wait and see what actually materializes. I’m a realist, meaning that I’ll believe it when I actually see it. The point is that if you’re looking for an electric or hybrid car, Nissan makes these two solid options.
I’m excited to see what Nissan will come up with in the future. It is encouraging that this company is keeping up with the times and is expanding to new technologies. After all, if companies want to stay alive in this day and age, that’s what they got to do. We see it all around us—companies who don’t adapt and who suffer the consequences. Think of brick & mortar bookstores who couldn’t keep up with eBooks and audiobooks. Think of video rental stores who couldn’t keep up with Redbox and Netflix.
My point is that Nissan is here to stay. They are an excellent manufacturer, and they will continue to make quality cars.