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Electrical vehicles (EVs) are one of the most promising technologies for cutting carbon emissions and other pollutants. Today passenger vehicles account for about ten percent of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions.

Nissan LEAF is the world’s first mass-marketed, zero-emission vehicle introduced into the global market to address environmental concerns. As an all-electric car, the Nissan LEAF produces no tailpipe pollution or greenhouse gas emissions at the point of operation, and contributes to reduced dependence on fossil fuels.

Nissan LEAF is a zero-emission vehicle that emits no CO2 while it is being driven.

Innovative telematics solution

Nissan has together with Telenor Connexion and other partners developed a sophisticated IT system for the LEAF. With the Nissan LEAF Carwings system, car owners are connected at all times to the data and information they need to get the most out of their EV experience.

This system enable Nissan LEAF owners to use a mobile phone or PC to check battery status and range, to turn on vehicle’s air-conditioning etc. even when their Nissan LEAF is parked and completely switched off. An on-board timer can also be pre-programmed to recharge batteries at a set time such as during off-peak rates. Not only does this innovative service deliver a comfortable in-car experience, it is also important to realize a low-carbon society in the future.

The Nissan LEAF is connected by Telenor Connexion.

Remote control

Carwings helps you stay connected to the car through your smart phone or your computer.  Discover how you can remotely start charging or activate air conditioning from your sofa.

Working together

Nissan needed a telecommunication infrastructure and services aimed at supporting the telematics services available on Nissan LEAF. Telenor Connexion worked over a long period with Nissan to create a good business model for delivering a range of services that the automaker wanted to offer the end-customer. One of those most important services is the ability to locate charging stations when needed, and also to predict and estimate the distance the car can safely drive with the current charging level.

“Decisive factors when we choose to work with Telenor Connexion were prior experience, competence and capacity to meet the needs of Nissan in terms of quality, delivery and cost”, says Atsushi Kawashima, Manager Corporate Planning & Program Management Office at Nissan.

Telenor Connexion was viewed as the most experienced partner drawing on more than 15 years of experience and a proven track record with customers such as Daimler, Volvo, Hitachi and TomTom.

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The key difference was that Telenor Connexion is solely focusing on connected business and has the experience, organization, processes, tools and routines to support critical operations.

Atsushi Kawashima,Manager Corporate Planning & Program Management Office at Nissan


In this video tech blogger Armando Ferreira describes the technology behind the Nissan LEAF.

Telenor Connexion’s dedicated telematics solution provides Nissan with a secure way of connecting the onboard unit to the Nissan data centre in a private network environment. Thus, enabling Nissan to deliver a secure and stable product to its end-customers.

“By using our connected solution customized to fit the specific demands within the automotive industry, Nissan secures the quality of their business critical application”, says Andreas Ackevi, Key Account Manager for Nissan at Telenor Connexion.

Telenor Connexion provides Nissan with a redundant telematics platform for large-scale deployments providing GSM/UMTS connectivity in 41 European countries.


Using an embedded connectivity solution pre-fit for international deployments, Nissan benefits from less technical complexity and reduced cost of integration and operations since there is no need to handle multiple technical solutions, support channels etc. in the different countries.

Andreas Ackevi, Key Account Manager, Telenor Connexion

In addition, Telenor Connexion provides Nissan with a Service Portal, an API, support and Professional Services. The Service Portal and API interface enable Nissan a 24/7/365 monitoring of all it services in real-time in all countries.

“This gives Nissan control of communication on a detailed level and is used as a management tool. It allows Nissan for instance to instantly manage SIM’s, see usage in real-time and to have a complete overview of the communication”, says Andreas Ackevi.

“I am very proud of our work with Nissan and that our smart technologies combined contribute to greener driving and a more sustainable world”, Andreas Ackevi concludes.

The number one selling Electrical Vehicle in the world

The Nissan LEAF is the number one selling EV in the world. Since its debut in December 2010, more than 100,000 drivers around the world have chosen the LEAF. By purchasing one, owners are making a personal contribution to help create a sustainable zero-emission society.

The Nissan LEAF has won numerous international awards, including the prestigious 2011 European Car of the Year, 2011 World Car of the Year and 2011-12 Car of the Year Japan awards. In addition, the Nissan LEAF telematics system won the GSMA Award 2011 for “Best Mobile Innovation for Automotive and Transport”.

Nissan is continuing to innovate in electric vehicles and is determined to maintain its dominant leadership position in the market.



The IEA estimates that one billion electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles must be on the world’s roads by 2050 if carbon dioxide emissions are to be halved.

Source: International Energy Agency


In Norway, the Nissan LEAF topped sales charts, out-selling conventional gasoline powered vehicles in October 2013.

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A sustainable zero-emission society

Nissan’s ICT system for EV was developed not only to provide driving support for EV owners, but also to contribute to a sustainable zero-emission society in the future. Nissan is working to help realize a sustainable low-carbon society using the ICT system in several demostration tests.

EVs may be utilized not only for mobility, but also for energy management, depending on surplus electricity. The EV ICT system has functions which can start charging at times when surplus electricity is most likely to be generated.

Zero-emission web

EV Advantages

All-electric vehicles (EVs) run on electricity only. They are propelled by an electric motor (or motors) powered by rechargeable battery packs. EVs have several advantages over vehicles with internal combustion engines (ICEs):

• Energy efficient. Electric vehicles convert about 59–62% of the electrical energy from the grid to power at the wheels — conventional gasoline vehicles only convert about 17–21% of the energy stored in gasoline to power at the wheels.

• Environmentally friendly. EVs emit no tailpipe pollutants, although the power plant producing the electricity may emit them. Electricity from nuclear-, hydro-, solar-, or wind-powered plants causes no air pollutants.

• Performance benefits. Electric motors provide quiet, smooth operation and stronger acceleration and require less maintenance than ICEs.

• Reduce energy dependence. Electricity is a domestic energy source.

Ten Reasons to Drive an Electric Car

1. Zero Air Pollution

2. Save Gas

3. Save Money

4. Save Time

5. Help the Economy

6. Combat Global Warming

7. Protect the Environment

8. Social Responsibility

9. Fun

10. Protect our Future


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Telenor Connexion is a part of Telenor Group, one of the world’s largest mobile operators.