04-20-21

What it’s like Living with an EV vehicle. | Charlie Clark Nissan Brownsville Blog

When it comes to making the switch from a traditional combustible engine vehicle to an all-electric vehicle (EV), there are lots of questions for how it changes life on a daily basis. Of course there is no better source for understanding these changes than current EV drivers themselves.

The issue with looking to manufacturers for information on life with an electric vehicle is that they are trying to sell you on the changes so you’ll make the switch. While professional reviewers can be helpful on the journey, they also tend to only drive a specific EV for a limited amount of time.

The only real-life information on what life is like for drivers of an EV is straight from those who have already made this switch. So what kind of changes does this transition require? Many of the pain points and the advantages are probably not what you think they would be.

LONDON, UK (Sept. 11, 2017) – Scottish husband and wife team Chris and Julie Ramsey, aka Plug In Adventures, crossed the Mongol Rally finish line in Ulan-Ude on Saturday to become the first entrants to complete the epic trans-continental challenge in an all-electric vehicle – a modified 2016 Nissan LEAF dubbed the AT-EV (All-Terrain Electric Vehicle).

Electric Vehicle Drivers Desire to be a Part of the Climate Change Solution

Choosing an electric vehicle as your daily driver makes a lot of sense these days. From the initial benefits like tax credits and not having to gas up on your daily commute, there are several obvious perks. Some potential EV drivers may have questions about how far they can drive on a single charge in the current EV offerings.

Knowing that your daily driver has zero affect on the environment when it comes to vehicle emissions is also a big motivator for drivers to make the switch. In fact, this reason alone stands out as the top motivating factor for drivers choosing an EV.

Drivers also regularly note the low cost of ownership, but this is only after making the transition to an EV. Several families choose an EV for their primary vehicle as a larger effort to reduce their carbon footprint as a whole.

Driving an EV is a Different and Often More Fun Experience

Once drivers make the shift, some unexpected benefits include the driving experience itself. For example, EV owners mention how the acceleration is much greater in their electric vehicle compared to similarly priced and sized vehicles with a gasoline powered engine.

The reason for the increased acceleration is due to an immediate delivery of power from the battery to the engine that is then transferred to the rest of the power train. In a traditional vehicle with a combustion engine, the process of converting fuel into energy is a more complicated and slower process. The “instant-on” torque curve of an EV is very noticeable.

This effect in EV vehicles is not reserved for the more expensive models. Even the most affordable and basic electric vehicles possess this characteristic and take advantage of quicker acceleration—making all of them at least a little more fun to drive in most cases.

Today’s EV’s are almost like RC cars for grown-ups! Think about when you used to play with remote control cars or maybe you still do—especially if you have kids. Remember how the toy would take off immediately when you pressed the accelerator? Well that accelerator is now a pedal on the floor (in most cases) and instead of watching it go, you’re sitting in it!

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A Simpler Powertrain Means Fewer Parts to Maintain

EV drivers really appreciate how they not only get to skip out on regular fills ups at the pump, but how there is also no longer a need for oil changes or other similar maintenance needs that accompany a traditional gas-powered vehicle. In fact, a lot of drivers even use the term “maintenance-free” to describe their EV experience.

While the need for maintenance is different for an electric vehicle, there’s no such thing as an entirely maintenance-free vehicle, but apparently it kind of feels that way for EV drivers. As the number of publicly accessible charging stations continues to skyrocket across the country, the convenience factor of EV’s will continue to climb as well.

Charlie Clark Nissan of Brownsville provides drivers from across the Rio Grande Valley the chance to learn more about EV’s like the very affordable Nissan LEAF. Come by Charlie Clark Nissan Brownsville, browse our inventory online, or call today!

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09-30-20

How Does the Nissan Titan Tow Mode Work?

Do you need a pickup truck that will tow your boat or trailer? The 2021 Nissan Titan will fit the bill and will add Tow Mode to make the job simple and safe. Nissan Titan Tow Mode will help you tow heavy loads with the ability to adjust transmission shift points and Downhill Speed Control (DSC) technology. Learn how to use tow mode in your 2021 Nissan Titan with this quick step-by-step guide. Visit the Charlie Clark Nissan of Brownsville inventory today to find a Nissan pickup truck that is perfect for towing!
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08-31-20

Step-By-Step Instructions to Use the NissanConnect® Navigation System

Do you and your family enjoy road trips in your 2020 Nissan Rogue? Do you love long adventures in your 2020 Nissan Altima? Nissan models equipped with NissanConnect® navigation will help you get from A to B with no trouble and allow you to set and organize destinations by home, street address, points of interest, previous destinations, work locations, latitude and longitude, intersections, maps and more. Learn how to set a destination with the NissanConnect® navigation system with this quick step-by-step guide. Find a Nissan car, truck or crossover with NissanConnect® navigation today when you visit the Charlie Clark Nissan Brownsville online inventory!
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08-28-20

Learn How the 2020 Nissan Altima Will Help Keep Families Safe

Families in search of a midsize sedan will love what the 2020 Nissan Altima brings to the table. Award-winning safety is a hallmark of the Nissan Altima platform that is perfect for Brownsville-area families on the go.
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08-27-20

Step-By-Step Instructions for Streaming Audio in Your Nissan Car, Truck or Crossover

Are you the proud owner of a brand-new 2020 Nissan Sentra? Are you still learning the ins and outs of your Nissan? Equipped with NissanConnect® technology and Bluetooth smartphone connectivity, you can connect up to six compatible Bluetooth devices and stream your favorite music and media on your next road trip. Learn how to use NissanConnect® to stream audio in your Nissan with this quick step-by-step guide created by Charlie Clark Nissan Brownsville. Do not miss out on your chance to get behind the wheel of a brand-new Nissan car, truck or crossover today when you visit the Charlie Clark Nissan Brownsville inventory! 
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07-31-20

Step-By-Step Instructions to Replace the Battery in Your Nissan Intelligent Key

Are you the proud new owner of a 2020 Nissan Rogue? Is the battery low in your Nissan Intelligent Key? You may have a bad battery and it may need to be replaced. Don’t worry – we are here to help at Charlie Clark Nissan Brownsville. Here are a few easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions that will help you learn how to replace the battery in the Nissan Intelligent Key. Contact the Charlie Clark Nissan Brownsville Service Department with any questions! 
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06-30-20

Step-By-Step Guide to NissanConnect Services and Remote Engine Start/Stop

Remote Engine Start/Stop is a valuable feature to have in your 2020 Nissan Rogue that allows you to start your vehicle from the comfort of your home or office. Nissan models equipped with NissanConnect Services and Remote Engine Start/Stop will ensure that you do not walk out to a steaming hot car in the middle of the Texas summer with a mobile app that will allow you to start, stop, lock, unlock and locate your car with your smartphone. Learn how to use Remote Engine Start/Stop in your Nissan with this quick step-by-step guide. Find a Nissan car, truck or crossover that checks all the boxes today when you visit the Charlie Clark Nissan Brownsville inventory! 
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04-20-20

Access Your Favorite Apps from Your Nissan With Apple Carplay® And Android Auto™

Staying connected while on the road has become more a necessity than a luxury these days. Luckily, in-car connectivity features like Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™ and Bluetooth® help us interact with our devices behind the wheel safely and comfortably. Most 2020 Nissan models come standard with these technologies but setting them up can be tricky if you don’t have a guide by your side. To help you in the process, at Charlie Clark Nissan Brownville we have put together a few easy steps on how to set up Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ in a 2020 Nissan.
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04-08-20

Does the 2020 Nissan Rogue include Apple CarPlay®?

The Rogue is one of the best-selling compact crossovers on the market, and one of the most popular models in the Nissan lineup. It provides a solid blend of compelling features, such as a stylish cabin, comfortable seats and enormous cargo space. But its charm doesn’t end here. The Rogue also offers a host of standard driver-assist and infotainment features that make it the perfect vehicle for modern families. Do you want to know how this model can keep you connected while on the road? Keep reading as we delve into the 2020 Nissan Rogue technology features.
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04-01-20

Enjoy the Comfort of the NASA-Inspired Nissan Seats

By Product Expert | Posted in Technology on Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 at 7:18 pm

What Are the Nissan Zero Gravity Seats?

Do you ever get tired after sitting in the car for long periods of time? Don’t worry, you are not alone. To reduce muscle fatigue, the human body naturally slumps, which increases spinal bending and puts pressure on the lower back, resulting in more tiredness. To end this vicious cycle, Nissan developed Zero Gravity Seats, a patented seating structure designed to maximize comfort while reducing fatigue. But what are the Nissan Zero Gravity Seats, exactly? And how do they work? Scroll down to find it out.

 

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Why Zero Gravity?

These seats take their name from the neutral position our spines take in zero gravity. In space, our bodies assume a relaxed posture that minimizes stress on our bones and joints, and reduces fatigue. Nissan engineers used these findings to design entirely new seats and optimize the comfort of passengers.

How do Zero Gravity Seats Work?

While the Zero Gravity seats were not designed by NASA, they were inspired by zero-gravity space travel. Developed along with Yamazaki Laboratory at Keio University, these seats were designed using a seat simulator and a muscular-skeletal model.

The Zero Gravity Seats’ unique shape provides continuous support that extends from your hips to your shoulders. They are built with 14 different pressure points that support your spine and put it in a neutral position. By maintaining this neutral posture, drivers and front passengers experience improved blood flow and reduced muscle loading. Overall, this translates into less fatigue on the road and optimized comfort whether on short commutes or long road trips.

 

What Nissan models have Zero Gravity seats available?

Nissan offers Zero Gravity Seats for both the driver and the front passenger in multiple vehicles across its lineup. This technology was first offered on the 2013 Altima, and now it is also available on the MaximaKicksRogueMuranoTitan, and Titan XD.

Read more: How to Connect Your Phone to the NissanConnect® Bluetooth® System

If you would like to learn more about these unique seats, we recommend taking one of the equipped vehicles for a test drive so you can experience the difference for yourself. You can browse through our online inventory to find the model you are more interested in and schedule an appointment to take it out for a ride. To find out more about the Zero Gravity Seats, contact us at Charlie Clark Nissan Brownsville and we will be happy to answer all your questions.

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03-16-20

How Do I Connect My Phone To My Nissan Vehicle?

If you’re the proud owner of a new Nissan model, one of the first things you should do before taking it out for a ride is making sure your smartphone is properly connected to the vehicle. This way, you can stay in touch with the outside world from the comfort of the driver’s seat in a secure manner. NissanConnect® helps drivers access their compatible phone from the vehicle’s touchscreen to take calls, answer messages, play cord-free music and much more. But how can you pair your smartphone to the system? Scroll down to find it out!
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02-27-20

How to Use your Nissan Intelligent Key

More and more drivers demand vehicles equipped with the latest tech features to make driving an easier and more convenient experience. That’s why Nissan continues to improve and enhance the lineup of technologies available in their different models.
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01-15-20

Nissan announces upgrades and improvements for 2020 LEAF

Nissan is leading the global automotive industry on several fronts. One area where the automaker is out in front of the competition is in the development of its electrified vehicles.
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09-26-19

The incredible towing capacity of the 2019 Nissan TITAN

Backed by America’s best truck warranty, the 2019 Nissan TITAN is a leader when it comes to towing capacity. Available in three configurations and various trim levels, the 2019 Nissan TITAN makes a statement as it goes down the street. Just how much can the 2019 Nissan TITAN tow? Keep reading below to find out!
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02-20-19

Lengthy list of innovative technology features and luxurious comfort options helps make the 2019 Nissan Rogue a top pick for a new crossover SUV

As you begin your search for a new crossover SUV, there is one that blows the competition out of the water by offering an extensive list of technology features and comfort options to choose from. The new 2019 Nissan Rogue not only delivers excellent versatility and capability, but it also gives you an impressive number of high-tech gadgets and comfort amenities thanks to many available trim levels. Keep reading to learn more about some of the technology features and comfort options you can get in a 2019 Nissan Rogue crossover SUV. 
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12-20-18

How Safe is the 2019 Nissan Murano?

The Nissan Murano positions itself as the perfect Nissan SUV. With 5 passenger seating, the 2019 Nissan Murano has the same amount of seats as the Rogue, but with the cabin space and technology of the Pathfinder for a more luxurious and comfortable driving experience for all. Furthermore, a great defining feature of the Murano is its unique, sharp, and flowing sense of style.
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10-30-18

Keep yourself safe with these intelligent technologies

Staying safe while on the road is incredibly important, for not just yourself, but your passengers and other drivers as well.  That’s why Nissan continues to improve and enhance their lineup of safety and driver-assistive technologies that are available in their vehicles.
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09-08-18

Never forget with the Nissan Rear Door Alert system

Nissan engineers designed a new, innovative technology to help drivers not forget anything in the back seats, from a container of food to the most precious cargo of all.  But, what is Nissan’s Rear Door Alert technology and how does it work?
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07-26-18

NissanConnect Entertainment and Navigation Features

Premium radio, entertainment services, advanced navigation options and smartphone integration are all becoming highly-demanded features in new vehicles. 
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07-25-18

How does the Nissan Automatic Emergency Braking System work?

Nissan infuses their vehicles with a high level of safety, especially with advanced driver assistance technologies like Automatic Emergency Braking, which helps the driver avoid or reduce the impact of collisions. Watch this video to see how the system works.
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