February 2012

Big day for Nissan LEAF

February 29, 2012
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LEAF drives into America As of tomorrow, March 1, 2012, the Nissan LEAF will be the first consumer oriented electric vehicle (EV) available across the United States, with dealerships and the ability to support these vehicles, in every state. Existing reservation holders will be able to place their orders tomorrow. Those interested in the LEAF, […]

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Audi joins the EV train

February 28, 2012
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Audi announces A3 e-tron EV Pilot Program At TED2012 Audi announced the debut of the A3 e-tron battery electric vehicle (EV) pilot program. TED is a non-profit organization promoting the idea that ideas are a good thing. A good place, we think, to debut a new electric vehicle. Audi’s A3 is a four door wagon […]

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A better EV battery – 300 mile range for real this time?

February 27, 2012
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Envia Systems announces breakthrough lithium-ion EV battery Today Newark, California based Envia Systems announced the development of a 400 watt-hour/kilogram rechargaeable lithium-ion battery. Of course, it’s just a prototype at this point, but with funding from the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA). Just in case you didn’t know, ARPA, an agency of the U.S. Department […]

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Charge your electric car on your next trip

February 25, 2012
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The power of a simple 120 volt outlet A group of San Diego Nissan LEAF owners have been gathering to share information, enthusiasm, and LEAF knowledge on a periodic basis for the past year or so. Our meeting this morning in Poway included nearly 50 attendees and a group of 20 or more LEAFs parked […]

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Having money does not equal having a brain

February 23, 2012
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Ohhh… I was supposed to plug it in? By now, you have likely heard of the Tesla owner with a battery that died because it wasn’t plugged in while he left it unattended for several weeks. Hello? Have you never owned a battery powered device before? We here at Living LEAF are generally not sarcastic, […]

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California gas prices top the lower 48 states

February 21, 2012
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Guess which state has the most cars Yesterday we wrote a piece about how 2013 will be the year of the electric car. Today we talk about California’s trend-setting nature – and what that may mean for you. As we got gas today in our non-electric car, we had to do a double take when […]

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Why 2013 will be the year of the electric car

February 20, 2012
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New EPA Fuel Economy label to offer fuel cost comparisons With the introduction of 2013 model year vehicles, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Fuel Economy Label will be updated as shown in the photograph above. Of course, this is the label for electric vehicles (EVs). The label for gasoline powered vehicles will look like this: […]

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A little housekeeping

February 19, 2012
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We added a “Top 25 Most Read Posts” page as a helpful guide If you check out our sidebar on the  right, you will see a list of pages near the top. We just added a page called “Top 25 Most Read Posts”, which will auto update with the most read posts since the creation […]

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San Diego Gas & Electric goes greener

February 18, 2012
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Utility looking to add solar and wind power San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is adding 300 megawatts (MW) of green power to its power generating capabilities through two long term contracts. Both contracts require state agency approval. The first contract is a 20-year 100 MW agreement with Manzana Wind Power Project to purchase power […]

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Washington State considering $100 annual tax on EVs

February 16, 2012
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If not now, when? The Washington State Senate has passed a bill (31 in favor, 16 opposed) that would require a $100 annual fee, in addition to existing registration and license fees, for all electric vehicles. The bill goes on to the House Committee on Transportation next week. We don’t know that this ultimately should […]

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