2017 NISSAN LEAF FOR SALE
As part of our promotion at the EVworld Show at
ASB Auckland Showground earlier this month we
invited tenders for this vehicle.
While there was a lot of interest in the process
no tenders came in. It seems people are not
willing to buy this way.
It is now back on the market at a most reasonable price
View the advert here
Used as a promotional vehicle by Nissan Japan
to launch this marque.
It is in “as new” condition having travelled only
9000kms in that time.
It was imported by John Porteous of EVexperience
for evaluation purposes
which have now been completed.
“The technology included in this vehicle is cutting edge giving whoever buys this vehicle an excellent motor car at a price way below its true value” said Mr Porteous.
“How Nissan have come up with a product like this, keeping the price at an acceptable level is simply amazing” Mr Porteous concluded.
“This Nissan leaf exceeded all my expectations, I feel sure the lucky new owner will be genuinely excited with their purchase.”
EVALUATION REPORT BY JOHN PORTEOUS
Having had this vehicle for a few weeks now, I have had ample time to evaluate it. Nissan has to be congratulated for evolving their electric vehicle over many years, improving the model along the way. This 40kw version is very advanced including features such as ProPilot semi-autonomous driving system, e-Pedal one pedal driving, lane departure warning plus much more!
My wife and I took this Nissan Leaf on a 731km trip and all it cost to recharge along the way was $10.90. We had to pay this at our first stop in Thames because we could only find a Chargenet charger there which you pay a fee use. We stayed a couple of nights in Pauanui at a B&B where we recharged. There was no surcharge for electricity usage at that facility. We carried on to Tauranga where we found a free charger at The Warehouse. Although free, it was a very slow charger. This charger did not have its own charge cable, a Type 2 cable was needed. Fortunately I had one with me which was a relief since I was not expecting to have need of it and was nearly going to leave it at home. Next stop was Rotorua, we arrived there with just 35kms remaining! We booked into the Sport of Kings Motel because it has charges available for electric vehicles. We did a free overnight charge at the motel. Next we made our way back to Auckland via Hamilton. We found a WEPB Fast Charger in Como St in Hamilton which is free to use. We were fully charged after just one hour with 263kms available. This was more than enough to get us back home – a successful cost effective trip concluded.
Friends of ours had a drive of the vehicle and every one of them were very impressed with it. From the instant acceleration to the high-tech reverse camera, it got the big tick even from some sceptics.
I have just had the odometer language changed from Japanese to English. The audio system still features Japanese characters but this doesn’t detract from its usability.
Contact me now if you’d like to know more.
“DUMP THE PUMP” – go ELECTRIC!
FEATURES AS PROMOTED BY NISSAN MOTOR COMPANY
INTELLIGENT KEY SYSTEM
Convenient function for locking and unlocking door without using key, and also opens trunk
This technology allows you to lock and unlock the door just by pressing the Request Switch on the door when you are carrying your key on you. You can also open and close the trunk, and can start the engine without having to insert the key, making departure seamless. By cutting out the trouble of putting in the key, there is no need to search for the key inside your bag or pocket. It also eliminates the fear of accidentally shutting your key inside your vehicle or trunk.
The Intelligent Key System has the following functions:
Hands-Free Lock & Unlock & Trunk Open
Press the Request Switch on the door handle or trunk to lock or unlock the door or open the trunk. There is no need to insert and turn the key, nor to operate a remote control.
Push Button Ignition
The engine activates just by turning the ignition knob (or pressing the engine start switch), without taking the key out and inserting it.
In order to avoid a key being shut up inside the vehicle cabin or trunk, the technology detects the status of the door lock and whether the key is remaining inside the vehicle at the instant when the door or trunk is closed. If it detects that a key has been shut inside the vehicle, it alerts you via a buzzer and simultaneously automatically unlocks the door or opens the trunk.
Intelligent Key utilizes antennae that transmit signals between the car and the key, and a tuner that receives the signals. Pressing the Request Switch transmits a signal from the car antenna, and the key that receives the signal then automatically returns a signal. The car tuner receives this signal and then locks or unlocks the vehicle.
Similarly, for starting the engine, the ignition knob is turned or the engine start switch is pressed and the car transmits a signal, which is then received and returned by the key, and the engine activates. The signal transmitted by the car is tuned to reach an area one meter around the Request Switch, or when inside the car, only inside the cabin or trunk, so that only the person with the key in range can engage it.
The technology in the Intelligent Key is characterized by its detection range accuracy for measuring keys. This accuracy is supported by technology that controls signal output with high accuracy and measuring technology that accurately detects key location. Further, the signal transmitted by the key contains an individual recognition code, and that code is registered to the car in advance. For this reason, when signals are received from unregistered keys and so on, the system does not respond.
INTELLIGENT AROUND VIEW MONITOR
This system displays the vehicle’s surroundings as seen from above and around the vehicle to improve parking safety and convenience
The system displays various camera views including a bird’s-eye view of the vehicle which allows the driver to quickly understand the vehicle and parking space orientation. This aids the driver in smooth garage parking, parallel parking, or other challenging parking situations.
The system also detects moving objects around the vehicle and warns the driver to support safe maneuvers when parking or departing from a parking space.
Images acquired from four cameras installed on the front, rear, and sides of the vehicle are displayed individually, or combined and displayed as a single image seen from directly above the vehicle (bird’s-eye view). This allows the driver to check the vehicle’s surroundings at a glance.
If the cameras detect a moving object around the vehicle, either when the vehicle is stopped or when it starts moving, the system warns the driver with a display message and warning chime.
The system is composed of four wide-angle cameras installed on the front, rear, and sides of the vehicle, an image processing unit and a center display unit. The image signals from the cameras are collected, and the image processing unit morphs the perspective in real-time to display a bird’s-eye view image.
By performing image processing of the image signals from four cameras, the system can identify moving objects around the vehicle in real-time and warn the driver with a warning chime and yellow frame on the screen.
In order to correctly detect moving objects while the vehicle is moving, the system predicts the movement of the background based on vehicle steering angle and speed, and processes the information to identify and track moving objects.
ZERO GRAVITY INSPIRED CAR SEAT
A “fatigue-free” seat for long drives developed in a weightless environment
This technology alleviates fatigue for drivers and passengers when driving, pursuing the ideal posture to make long drives more pleasant, always maintaining seating comfort.
Ergonomic technology was utilized to analyze, measure and verify fatigue reduction and comfort, leading to the NASA-measured “neutral posture.” In a weightless scenario human posture is weakened and the burden on the body is at its least, meaning posture does not collapse even over long periods and you are less likely to become tired. By applying this neutral posture to a car seat, it alleviates feelings of fatigue from sitting for long periods of time.
The system replicates the neutral posture through its shape, providing continuous support from the hips to the back. Developed through joint research with Yamazaki Laboratory at Keio University and using a seat simulator and a musculo-skeletal model for seating analysis, Nissan now has the know-how on the bearing capacity for every body part and the seating surface shape that reduces load to the smallest amount on muscular and spinal areas. Based on this, it has achieved optimal support by controlling local deformation characteristics and the seat back in its initial shape. Fundamentally changing the structure of the seat makes for long drives that are comfortable.
Significantly reduces driver stress when driving on highways in several kinds of traffic conditions, making long drives more comfortable and enjoyable
ProPILOT* is a revolutionary autonomous drive technology designed for highway use in single-lane traffic. Nissan is the first Japanese automaker to introduce a combination of steering, accelerator and braking that can be operated in full automatic mode, easing driver workload in heavy highway traffic and long commutes.
Employing advanced image-processing technology, the car’s ProPILOT system understands road and traffic situations and executes precise steering enabling the vehicle to perform naturally. ProPILOT technology is extremely user-friendly, thanks to a switch on the steering wheel that allows the driver to easily activate and deactivate the system. ProPILOT’s easy-to-understand and fit-to-drive interface includes a personal display showing the operating status.
*ProPILOT assist in US
- Maintains vehicle-to-vehicle distance within a preset speed range (approx. 30 km/h to100km/h)
- Keeps the car in the middle of the driving lane (At speeds under 50 km/h, the system activates only when there is a car in front.)Automatic speed control at pre-set speedAutomatically controls the throttle and the brakes to maintain a safe distance from the car in front.. Completely stops in traffic situations and continues to apply brakes until released by the simple push of a button.Keeps the car in the middle of the driving lane on straight roads and even through corners. Applicable in slow moving traffic or on open highway roads.(*ProPILOT Assist for US)The accelerator, brakes and steering are controlled based on information obtained through a mono camera equipped with advanced-image processing software. The ProPILOT camera can quickly recognize in three-dimensional depth both preceding vehicles and lane markers.
PRO PILOT PARK
An advanced automated parking system that can perform a variety of parking maneuvers at a touch of a button.
The newly-developed ProPILOT Park assists the driver to park in three easy steps by controlling the steering, accelerator, brakes, gear shift and even the parking brake.
This advanced automated parking system can recognize the type of parking space and guide the car into front or back-in parking spots, as well as parallel park.
In just three steps, ProPILOT Park will automatically park the car by controlling the steering, accelerator, brakes, gear shift and parking brake. When the parking process is complete, the system will shift the transmission to “P” and activate the electronic parking brake.
- In the vicinity of the desired parking space, press the “ProPILOT Park” button once, then slowly approach and stop the car in front of the desired parking space.
- The car will automatically detect the parking space and notify the driver the system is active with a [P] icon on the navigation display. Confirm that the system has recognized the desired parking space by pressing the “Start Park” button on the navigation monitor.
- Hold down the “ProPILOT Park” button until the parking process has been completed. If the button is released, or if the driver steps on the brakes or adjusts the steering wheel, the system will deactivate.
Once the parking process is completed, the system automatically sets the electronic parking brake and shifts the transmission to the “P” position.
INTELLIGENT PARK ASSIST
Automatic steering for helping drivers to park
This technology assists drivers in parking their vehicles, making it easy for drivers who find parking tricky. It automatically operates the steering, leaving the driver free to concentrate on operating the accelerator and brakes and checking the surroundings. The system utilizes footage from the Around View Monitor, which gives drivers a virtual bird’s-eye view of the vehicle, allowing drivers to more easily park their vehicles.
The driver checks the virtual bird’s-eye view of the car on the Around View Monitor and determines the position for the car to park. The vehicle then automatically steers itself into position. The driver follows the audio signals and instructions displayed on the screen and operates the accelerator and brakes. By moving forward or reversing while adjusting the speed, the car can be parked in the designated area.
The system is fundamentally configured in the same way as the Around View Monitor. There are four cameras on the car body (the front, rear, and both wing mirrors). The system converts video footage from the cameras and composites a virtual bird’s-eye view image.
The system determines the conditions of the surroundings by the virtual bird’s-eye view image, and guides the driver along a route to the designated parking position by the center of the radius of gyration (1), the area where there will be no interference with neighboring vehicles (2), and a simulation of the vehicle trajectory to the target parking position (3).
INTELLIGENT REAR VIEW MIRROR
Providing rearview clarity in a variety of conditions
(Left) Multistory parking lots (Center) Rainy weather (Right) Reversing
Being aware of what is happening behind the car makes for safer driving.
However, the visibility offered by a car’s rearview mirror has inherent limitations. The view is often obstructed by passengers in the rear or reduced due to nighttime conditions or bad weather, making it difficult for the driver to see the rearview.
Nissan has developed a rearview mirror with a built-in LCD monitor displaying images from a camera mounted on the rear of the vehicle. This Intelligent Rearview Mirror allows the driver the ability to switch between the LCD monitor and the standard rearview mirror, depending on the driver’s preference.
The driver is able to see traffic conditions behind the car through the clear video imagery, as well as use the rearview mirror to check on passengers and pets in the rear. This helps make for a safer and more comfortable driving experience.
A camera is attached to the rear of the vehicle and displays images on a LCD monitor built into the rearview mirror. Imagery from the camera offers clear visibility of a wide area. Drivers use a switch at the bottom of the mirror to alternate between the monitor and the mirror.
(Left) Mirror (Right) Monitor
The Intelligent Rearview Mirror combines a high-resolution camera that can check rear traffic conditions with a rearview mirror with an in-built LCD monitor that displays images from the camera. The LCD monitor and mirror can be used in unison, with drivers switching between the two depending on their preference.
When integrating an LCD monitor and mirror, the reflection in the mirror from rear light and the transparency of the monitor will typically result in a dual-layered image, making it hard to obtain clear visibility. Nissan’s Intelligent Rearview Mirror, on the other hand, features unique technology in the structural design. This has made it possible for this kind of system to function for the first time without any image overlap while also allowing drivers to switch between the LCD monitor and standard rearview mirror.
The high-quality camera and image processing system achieves rearview image clarity in the LCD monitor with minimal glare, even during sunrise or sunset conditions, or when being followed by a vehicle with strong headlights.