When the Nissan LEAF hit the market in 2010, it was all the rage in the automotive world for being one of the first electric vehicles. While the Eco-friendliness of the LEAF made headlines, one of its most unique features, the Carwings system, seemed to exist quietly behind the scenes… until now.
Nissan is looking to implement some major upgrades and improvements for the LEAF’s Carwings system. Designed to keep track of vehicle information like driving history and energy usage, Nissan’s Carwings telematics system was a new feature created specifically for the LEAF and introduced alongside the EV’s debut. Carwings allows LEAF drivers to view reports on a daily, monthly, and even yearly basis, pertaining to their driving distances, energy consumption statistics, and more.
More recently, Carwings has made it possible for LEAF owners to use their smartphones as a way to remotely begin charging the vehicle, view its charge, and even locate nearby charging stations.
Now, Nissan is ready to kick Carwings up another notch. Although few details have been released, Brian Brockman of Nissan North America hinted that enhancements are in the works: “[Nissan] is always working to determine ways to offer more value to customers via telematics systems like Carwings.”
Nissan’s hope for Carwings is that it will one day be able to track, record, and alert the driver of the health of the EV’s battery. This ability would increase ease and cost of maintenance as well as helping to ensure safe passage for LEAF drivers in terms of proper battery care.
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