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Two Nissan Leaf EV vehicles charge at different stations.

What’s the difference between level 2 and level 3 EV charging?

If you’ve been getting interested in the world of EV vehicles and the apparatus used to power them, you’ve probably come across the monikers Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3. Level 1 seems to be falling to the wayside, and the phrases most commonly on electric drivers’ lips these days are “level 2” and “level 3.”

What do these “levels” refer to? What’s the difference between level 2 and level 3 chargers?

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The main differences between level 2 and level3 EV charging set-ups are the charge speeds, voltage levels, and plug types. The designation can apply to both public and personal chargers. Both level 2 and level 3 are different from level 1 in that they take more effort to set up and are only compatible with 240-volt outlets. They cannot be plugged into a standard 120-volt-rated outlet.

Level 2 EV Chargers

Level 2 chargers are currently the most popular choice for home and public use. These stations typically provide 10 to 20 driving miles per hour to your vehicle. Some provide more.

The residential version of level 2 chargers has a 240-volt AC plug. The commercial version has a 208-volt plug.

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Level 3 EV Chargers

Level 3 chargers are also referred to as a “DC fast charger” or “CHAdeMO charger.” As you probably guessed, this level of charging station will juice up your EV the fastest.

The speed of a level 3 charger is due to both its 480 volts of strength and DC plug configuration, which sends electric currently directly to the vehicle’s battery. This results in a charge rate of 40 to 50 miles per 10 minutes.

Level 3 chargers are generally reserved for commercial use, as installation requires more effort and expertise. Note that they are not compatible with all EVs.

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Interior view of a man driving a 2020 Nissan Altima on a highway.

What song is in the commercial for the 2020 Nissan Altima?

While we’re definitely excited about the 2020 Nissan Altima itself, one of our favorite things about a new model year might be a bit surprising- the new commercials! Nissan always does a great job on its advertisements, and particularly has a knack for choosing catchy songs that we just can’t get out of our heads. What songs are in the 2020 Nissan Altima commercials?

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The songs in the commercials for the 2020 Nissan Altima are “Level Up,” by Ciara, and “Play My Game,” by The Donnas.

2020 Nissan Altima Commercial #1: “Impossibly Smart”

The first commercial we’d like to look at is dubbed “Impossibly Smart.” This one features the song, “Level Up,” by Ciara. Though originally debuted for the 2019 Nissan Altima, the commercial has been updated to advertise the 2020 model.

“Impossibly Smart” highlights the intelligent driver-assistance technology that’s found on the 2020 Nissan Altima. We see a woman using ProPILOT Assist to cruise easily in a lane, as the vehicle keeps a set distance behind other traffic and then begins to itself speed up while staying centered. As an incoming call from her husband is displayed conveniently on the infotainment screen, the woman looks in the rearview mirror and smiles at her daughter, who is safely buckled in a child seat in back.

2020 Nissan Altima Commercial #2: “Surround Yourself with Protection”

The second 2020 Altima commercial that prominently features music utilizes the song, “Play My Game,” by The Donnas. The commercial begins with a group competing in a roller derby. The formation that they skate in is a visual representation of the protective ring of smart safety tech that exists on the 2020 Nissan Altima.

Specifically, this is a reference to the available Safety Shield 360 technology, which forms a part of the Nissan Intelligent Mobility philosophy. These systems bring awareness and assistance to the driver, helping to usher in the future of driving.

While the “Surround Yourself with Protection” commercial is unfortunately not on Youtube, you can watch it here. 

5 Useful, Fun and Inexpensive Accessories You Need For Your Car

Tired of having your belongings slip between your car’s seats? Unsure what to do if you get a flat tire? Even your dream car can drive you crazy with these little annoyances. Here is a list of tools and accessories to keep in your car at all times to make those little inconveniences disappear for good.


  1. Drop Stop

Drop Stop is an Automotive Car Seat Gap Filler that you place and mold around your seat belt holder preventing even the smallest things from falling in between your car’s seats. Your cell phone, wallet and even loose change are safe with these pads around.


  1. Fix A Flat

This is most definitely not a permanent solution to a flat tire but having a can of Fix A Flat in your car can get you out of a sticky situation if you blow a tire. It will seal the popped tire in minutes and allow you to get to one of our service departments safely so your car can be properly looked at and repaired.


  1. Rain-X

Whether your dealing with rain, frost, ice or even bugs Rain-X has you covered. This spray on solution prevents all types of harsh weather from impeding your vision through your windshield. It makes driving in extreme conditions easier and much more safe.


  1. Glove Box Organizer

Its very important to have the right documents and contact information in your glove box in case anything were to happen. With a Glove Box Organizer you are sure to have your registration, insurance info, salesperson business card and more at your fingertips in minutes.


  1. Steering Wheel Desk

Does your car ever become a place where you end up working or needing to eat a meal? If so you might want to consider purchasing a Steering Wheel Desk. This one of a kind desk attaches to your steering wheel so, while you’re pulled over, you have a portable work space or personal table. Once your done simply slid it under your seat and your ready to go.


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5 Steps To Getting Your Car Ready For Spring

It’s that time of year! Break out the dust pans and broomsticks because spring is in the air and spring cleaning is on the agenda. While you’re preparing for the sunnier season don’t forget to prepare your car for the new weather as well. Here are some tips on how to get your car all ready for spring!


Wash Your Car and Get It Detailed

Spring is the ideal time to give your car a thorough cleaning both inside and out. Getting your ride washed, waxed, buffed and polished can really give your car a face lift after dealing with snow, ice, salt and more during those harsh winter months. Don’t just settle for your car looking better, make sure it feels better too. Bring your car back to showroom condition by having the interior vacuumed, shampooed and having the leather and plastic surfaces treated. A detail also gets all of the dirt and crumbs out of those hard to reach places.


Touch Up Paint and Small Dents

For minor dings and chips purchase some automotive touch up paint and carefully fill in all the scuffs and scratches. It won’t be a professional job but it will prevent rust from attaching itself to your sheet metal.

If you have some more substantial damage to your vehicle make a visit to your service department or local body shop. Different repairs have different prices but to keep your car in fair cosmetic condition it is worth an occasional visit to a professional. Having a car in good condition makes it easier to sell down the line and if your interested in an upgrade bring it to your dealer service center;  they can give you a trade in quote before you pay to have any work done!


Check Your Oil & Tire Pressure

These are routine procedure that every driver should keep up with but when life gets busy they are the last things on your mind. Be sure that you are checking your oil frequently and getting it changed according to your manufacturer standards. Getting your oil changed when needed is a easy and effective way to keeping your car in top performing condition while letting your oil get too low can cause detrimental damage to your vehicle.

Be cautious of wear on your tires after the winter months. The start of spring is the ideal time to make sure your tires are properly inflated, your spare tire included. It is also a fantastic time to have your tires rotated and balanced to make sure you are getting the maximum life span from each tire.


Invest in New Floor Mats

Winter is a very harsh time for your floor mats, especially if they are made of typical carpet. Spring is a great time to evaluate your floor mats and see if they need replaced. Some drivers even upgrade their floor mats from carpet to rubber or synthetic materials. These are easier to clean and don’t allow dirt, mud, water and more to get to your cars carpeting.


Clean Out Your Glove Compartment 

First off, when cleaning out your glove compartment make sure that all important documents are where they need to be. Know where your insurance information is as well as your vehicle’s registration and owners manual. Clean out all of the unnecessary papers and receipts that accumulate in your glove compartment over time time make sure these documents are easily accessible.

The glove compartment is also a great place to keep contact information from your local dealership and mechanic as well as any service coupons you acquire. It would also be a good idea to keep a tire gauge and pair of work gloves in there in case you need them while on the road.


If you follow these five steps you and your ride are ready for spring! Enjoy the sunshine and drive safe.


Why You Shouldn’t Drive While Low On Gas


Everyone knows keeping gas in your tank is an imperative part of getting you and your vehicle from point A to point B. However did you know letting your gas level get too low can actual cause detrimental damage to your car? Here are some parts of your vehicle that can be negatively affected by letting that little gas light shine:


Engine Problems

Your fuel tank holds your vehicle’s gasoline (or diesel) and uses fuel lines to pump it to your engine. When you have a low amount of gas in your tank sediment begins to sit and gets fed to your engine when there is nothing left to give it. This could cause severe engine malfunction and could also clog your fuel lines both of which are costly repairs.


Fuel Pump

The less gas in your tank the harder the fuel pump has to work to keep your car going.Your fuel pump has to work longer and harder if your tank doesn’t have much gas. This is unnecessarily over working a much needed system. Your fuel also keeps this pump lubricated and having little fuel can cause it to stall. If your pump begins to fail it will need to get repaired or replaced which is often very costly. These problems can be easily avoided by keeping your tank satisfyingly full of fuel.


Fuel Filter

The fuel filters primary job is to filter air before it gets to the engine. Any seidments that get sent from the fuel tank to the engine will go through this filter. If the filter is clogged, damaged or overused it can fail completely causing even more dirt and excess sediments to get into your engine and fuel lines. Some cars have replaceable fuel filters but others don’t. Therefore it’s even more important to cater to the fuel filter because it can be a major and costly repair depending on the type of car you drive.


Experts recommend not letting your tank get below the ¼  marker in order to prevent any of these catastrophes. Next time you think you have x more miles to go before running out of gas think of the costly repairs we talked about above; It might be worth pulling over at the next station.


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