• Dec 23rd 2010 at 6:57PM
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There's one feature on the Nissan Leaf that hasn't gotten a lot of press, but when new owner Olivier Chalouhi posted about it on My Nissan Leaf, the gathered eco-auto geeks got pretty excited. The feature? CARWINGS. No, it's not an add-on bit of body work for achieving flight, but rather a telematics system that keeps track of and displays all kinds of information. A version of the system has been available in some Nissans in Japan for years but its implementation in their first mass produced electric has radically changed it.

Now, most Leaf fans know that the car's 7" screen will display its current position and possible range on a map and that it even tells you which charging stations are reachable. It also, however, tracks your energy usage information and allows you to see a daily, monthly and annual reports that show distances traveled, total and average energy consumption among other things.

Perhaps just as interesting, it tracks your efficiency ranking vis-à-vis all the other Leaf drivers. Yup, as a Leafer, you are in competition with all the other Leafers and can pursue the great gold platinum Leaf cup. You can track how you rank against drivers in your area as well as across the planet. Pretty cool, huh? No word on whether Nissan will be handing out prizes from time to time but we sure hope they consider it. Hit us up in the comments and tell us what they should offer as a prize. We're thinking 100 hectares of rain forest preservation in your name might be appropriate.

[Source: MyNissanLeaf.com]

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      • 8 Months Ago
      can much more efficient vehicles enter? :)
        • 8 Months Ago
        I don't think so. Apparently, it's from Leaf, with Leaf and for Leaf.
      • 8 Months Ago
      This is brillant.

      Nissan brought the internet to the car and UNDERSTOOD to make the perfect combination. The Carwings is a really advanced telemetrics system for a normal car.
      Your leaf can even read the newspaper for you.

      It is quieter, and far more advanced than a luxury phaeton or s class that still annoys you with engine grubmle.
      (A relative of mine was surprised as I took him for a ride in my Prius. Normally he drives a Phaeton)

      And now they have implemented a video game in your car as you drive.
      HOW BRILLIANT is that.

      For the competition...
      how about free rechagres accross the nissan dealerships?
      Or get a free service. Or you get a weekend in the next infinity EV supercar.

      Of course the consumption varies accros the country, but I it is still a damn good feature of the car.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Prize suggestion:

      How about having your name (or any group/organization) worn by Lance Armstrong on his jersey during the Tour de France?
      • 8 Months Ago
      Great idea. It's like xbox live or PSN achievements, infact they should have special offers when you unlock certain things like over 115 miles and you get 10% off your next service etc
      • 8 Months Ago
      That actually is pretty cool.

      There has been research done in that when energy consumers are told how much energy they use relative to other similar customers, they will modify their behavior to save more.

      Well . . . except for some conservatives that go in the other direction and use more out of spite. (Which I don't understand since it just costs them more but what ever.)
      • 8 Months Ago
      And if your LEAF is charged with electricity produced from 100% renewable resources, you could reach the goal even faster?
      • 8 Months Ago
      Rain forest idea is nice.
      Free maintenance for a year for monthly winners would be nicer.
      Free for life for yearly winners.

      Also - a cup.
      There must be a cup.
      With the names of each years winners added as it goes.
      You get possession for one year, until the next victor is declared (unless you go back-to-back of course).
      Cup pics to the nissan web site on a regular basis.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Regular maintenance on EV's is already virtually zero cost.

        • 8 Months Ago
        Then everyone's a winner !


        But seriously, there must be some maintenance they want you to bring these things in to check on.
        Though I agree, nothing which should actually need to regular a service beyond the air filters I would think.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Knowing your history and tracking it is fun and valuable but the ranking is all a bit silly since some live in very hilly areas others in completely flat, or cold, etc. It's all a bit irrelevant other than knowing you are the best eco driver with the best driving conditions, but even that is not certain.
        • 8 Months Ago
        I agree. Especially in the mountain area where I live, comparing drivers would mostly be meaningless. You can always compete with yourself, though, and try to drive your regular routes as efficiently as possible.
      • 8 Months Ago
      I like it! We need to realize the ecodriving is a worthy challenge, and it very much like racing, where you have to balance speed, time and energy consumption -- but the energy consumption is the most important.

      • 8 Months Ago
      It's actually kind of wasteful of energy...
      But it would be a little fun to bring the motorcycle-rider's wave into the modern digital world with systems like this.
      Namely, you could have so much space to develop a signature - with short text and basic graphics.
      Proximity to another leaf would transmit your sig and also your current daily efficiency rates.
      So you get a little digital 'hey - what's up' and some localized competition stats as you pass within a certain distance of other leaf drivers.

      A digital wave, as it were, with a little room for self expression.

      You could maybe even have the system load some slight background data. Like specific coupons or graphical tokens put out by nissan themselves and only passed virally like that.
      'Collect them all.'

      Lots of ways to build community around the brand with such things.
      Stupid, but a little fun.
      • 8 Months Ago
      This is great, and I like that Nissan actually is encouraging even more efficent friving from its buyers/owners/members.

      A big caveat-- and something I hope Nissan designers address-

      Different geographic areas are inherently better for battery efficiency- For example - my numbers in a hilly area of chilly Philadelphia would be much worse than someone who lives/operates the Leaf in a flat area of the US, say year round warm, batter friendly. Phoenix.

      Hopefully these competitions can have some region specific variables/inputs.
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