November 2011

Nismo LEAF concept introduced at Tokyo Motor Show

November 30, 2011

Concept LEAF lighter, more powerful provides us with some insight into one possible LEAF future – at least for those that choose performance over range. Nissan is introducing a possible road-going (read – civilized) version of their full on LEAF NISMO RC. While the RC (Race Car – clever, those Japanese) leaves no doubt […]

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Second evaluation shows Volt battery safety a concern

November 28, 2011

LEAF battery undamaged in similar crash test We have seen the articles over the past several months as first one media outlet, then another would jump on the anti-EV (electric vehicle) band wagon with claims that the GM Volt battery could make your car burst into flames after an accident. We watched and waited to […]

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Nissan LEAF availability

November 27, 2011

Reservation not required Certainly, this will not be the case across the country. And it will likely not be the case in newly opened Nissan LEAF markets. But it is worth noting, so we are passing this information along – Nissan LEAF is available without a reservation. At least to a limited degree. We just […]

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Nissan partners with ChargePoint Network

November 26, 2011

Charge station display remains incomplete Nissan selected Coulomb Technologies’ ChargePoint Network to show LEAF drivers where to charge their cars. The problem is, it is not a complete solution. Nissan’s new partner has a network of charge stations already installed around the country. Coulomb’s approach has seemed to be to make arrangements with anyone that […]

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Mazda to offer regenerative brake technology

November 25, 2011

i-ELOOP to improve fuel efficiency 10 percent Mazda has developed a regenerative braking system for use in their gasoline powered vehicles that will boost fuel efficiency as much as 10 percent. The Mazda system uses a variable voltage alternator to recapture energy from the vehicle as it slows. The alternator voltage varies from 12 to […]

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car2go electric car sharing program opens in San Diego

November 20, 2011

A different way to collect market data One of the first things that is important to know about car2go (all lower case) is that car2go is a subsidiary of Daimler AG – you know, the folks that make Mercedes-Benz. Daimler also makes the smart car (again, all lower case – those clever marketing folks) which […]

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