April 2011

Our Blink story – so far

April 29, 2011

Glitch number one resolved – finally On April 17 we wrote that we discovered our first problem with our LEAF ownership. And as it happened, it wasn’t a problem with the car, but with the Blink EVSE. The plug that connects with the vehicle would physically not plug into the car due to a deformed moisture […]

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Another look at EV battery reuse

April 28, 2011

There are plans for battery life after use in your EV Back in September, we briefly touched on Nissan’s plan to Reuse, Refabricate, Resell, or Recycle used LEAF batteries. While Nissan may have some idea of what their plans are, what of the industry in general? What thoughts have been turned this way? California Center for […]

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LEAF among safest cars available

April 26, 2011

LEAF and Volt both achieve top safety ratings According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt are both among the safest vehicles on the road. Both vehicles received the best safety rating of Good in all categories evaluated – Frontal offset crash test, side impact crash test and roof […]

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Walgreens enters the EV Charging Station business

April 24, 2011

Nation’s largest drugstore chain to offer EV charging stations Walgreens has partnered with NRG Energy to provide electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at 18 Walgreens stores in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. NRG says that 30 charging docks will be installed by Labor Day, including stations installed at public parking areas, other retailers and workplaces. All […]

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Nobody walks in LA

April 23, 2011

Los Angeles to encourage EV ownership Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) announced this week the approval of the Electric Vehicle Home Charger Rebate Program. Known as “Charge up LA“, the goal of the rebate program is to provide rebates of up to $2,000 for 3,000 to 5,000 LADWP residential customers to install level […]

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Electric Vehicle use fees in our future?

April 22, 2011

Probably According to the Associated Press, the Department of Energy says that electric vehicle (EV) usage in the United States since 1992 has grown over 35 times. Of course, when you look at the numbers, they are still miniscule in an industry that sells over eleven million cars a year in our current slow economic […]

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LEAF – 2011 World Car of the Year

April 21, 2011

Nissan beats Audi, BMW At the New York International Auto Show today, Nissan LEAF became the 2011 World Car of the Year over the other two finalists – Audi A8 and BMW 5 Series. An international jury of 66 top automotive journalists from 24 countries voted on the final contenders. Previous award winners include offerings […]

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It was one year ago today…

April 20, 2011

That Nissan brought about the dawn of a new era in automobiles April 20, 2010 will be remembered by electric vehicle (EV) enthusiasts everywhere as the day that changed the future of the automobile. Too melodramatic you say? Think about it. Nissan has ushered in a sea change in this industry that has been too […]

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Nissan speaks

April 19, 2011

Info regarding LEAF campaign This is what Nissan had to say about their issues that we reported on just last week: Ernie, Nissan is committed to providing the highest levels of product quality and customer satisfaction. With that in mind, we want to bring to your attention important information regarding your Nissan LEAF™. REASON FOR […]

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California EV rebate in hand

April 18, 2011

Then right out the other We wrote on April 5th about our application for the California electric vehicle rebate through the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE). We expected the check to come in last week. It did. This shows that their process is actually very efficient, as long as all of the proper documents are […]

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