Continues as Automotive Sponsor of National Drive Electric Week
Plug In America and Nissan have renewed their National Drive Electric Week partnership. The automaker will remain exclusive automotive sponsor through 2017.
The news follows Nissan Leaf’s presence as a presenting sponsor at ACT Expo 2015 in Dallas this year, and the supply of 100 more than 100 electric vehicles for this month’s UEFA/Union of European Football Associations events in Berlin – where Nissan installed 129 electric vehicle charging stations.
National Drive Electric Week, says Plug In America, is the largest annual organized gathering of plug-in vehicle drivers, celebrating its fifth anniversary this September. EV test drives and related activities are being organized for September 12-20 with the participation of the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association.
‘A Driving Force’
“Nissan is a driving force in the plug-in vehicle industry, with the top-selling electric vehicle, Nissan Leaf, and with investments in charging infrastructure and consumer education,” said Tom Saxton, Plug In America National Drive Electric Week program manager.
“Nissan’s support of National Drive Electric Week helps Plug In America with our efforts to rapidly increase adoption of EVs of all kinds in cities across the U.S.,” Saxton said in a release.
The event was launched in 2011 in 29 cities, growing to more than 150 cities in the U.S. and abroad in 2014.
Nissan and the all-electric Leaf have served as the event’s exclusive automotive sponsor since 2013.
‘Leaf Owners Are Our Best Salespeople’
“From the moment we launched Nissan Leaf, we quickly found that Leaf owners are our best salespeople,” Nissan EV sales and marketing director Andrew Speaker says in the Plug In America announcement.
“We are continuing to support National Drive Electric Week,” he said, “because this event helps bring owners of Leaf and other EVs together to share their experience and educate consumers on the benefits of driving electric cars.”
Battery Recycling with Green Charge Networks
Nissan has sold more than 178,000 battery electric Leaf cars globally and more than 80,000 in the U.S. The Nissan Leaf is the world’s best-selling electric car.
Nissan and Green Charge Networks said Monday that they’ve joined forces to deploy “second-life” lithium ion vehicle batteries for stationary commercial energy storage in the U.S. and international markets.
The first storage unit will be installed at a Nissan facility this summer, Green Charge says: “where multiple Nissan Leaf batteries will be configured to offset peak electricity demand, creating savings while also benefiting the utility grid.
“Systems like this also can be paired with renewable energy sources such as wind or solar to further reduce a facility’s environmental footprint and enhance energy savings.”
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Source: Plug In America, Nissan, Green Charge with Fleets & Fuels follow-up