May 2011

Saudi Arabia has noticed the interest in EVs

May 30, 2011

EVs influence desired oil prices According to an interview on CNN with Saudi Arabian Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, the oil producer would like to see the price of oil fall to the $70-$80 per barrel range, from its current price of roughly $100 per barrel. Driving their desire to see lower prices, was their larger concern […]

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Gas Powered Everything

May 28, 2011

Sometimes, you don’t need to say anything else.

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LEAF earns top safety ratings in Europe

May 26, 2011

LEAF among safest vehicles on two continents European automobile safety testing standards applied to the Nissan LEAF determined that it is among the safest vehicles on the road in Europe, as well as being one of the safest vehicles on the road in the United States, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). […]

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Free power

May 25, 2011

Just find a guy with a truck Some folks are just a little bit “out there”. A LEAF driver in Amsterdam, Holland needed to get home for his daughter’s third birthday party. Being the parent of three, we can totally understand the motivations. Unfortunately, his daughter was 43 kilometers away (roughly 27 miles) and his […]

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Extended warranty for the LEAF?

May 24, 2011

Probably not In response to a reader comment, we thought that we would address this topic, as there are many different approaches to the thought process. Keep in mind, these are just our thoughts. Others may disagree for various reasons. As a rule, I am against extended warranties of any kind – home electronics, appliances, […]

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EV Project status update

May 22, 2011

Where do they stand? We have an outstanding inquiry into the EV Project, but apparently do not carry the requisite clout to engender a response. Based on recent press releases, this is what we have been able to ascertain of the situation. In August of 2009 Electric Transportation Engineering Corporation (eTec), a subsidiary of ECOtality, […]

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Almost running a LEAF out of juice

May 21, 2011

On purpose In our admittedly uneventful household, today brought two momentous occasions – we were able to replicate a photograph that we had been wanting to for a couple of months now, and – we got down to dashes on our juice display. First, the photo. On the Nissan news site, Nissan publishes many photographs […]

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Chevrolet to increase Volt production for 2012

May 20, 2011

New target – 60,000 Global, 45,000 US Faced with more demand for Volt than anticipated, GM is choosing to reconfigure the Hamtramck assembly plant where Volt is built in Detroit. The process will take about four weeks in June, and will require that plant production be stopped during the refit. This will impact near term […]

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EVs make USA Today front page

May 19, 2011

Are EVs mainstream yet? With electric vehicles (EVs) being featured as the cover story on USA Today, does it mean that EVs are mainstream? We don’t think so, but it does reflect an increased awareness on the part of the mainstream press. With the goofy looking three-wheeled Myers Motors NmG featured in color on page […]

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More NISMO LEAF video

May 18, 2011

NISMO LEAF developmental work on the track Here we have about an eight minute video of the NISMO LEAF RC on the track at Sodegaura Forest Raceway in Japan. Nissan is continuing with developmental work of this all new racing platform. While many readers may wonder why we are so interested in the racing capabilities […]

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