I am asking for your help

by Ernie Hernandez on March 9, 2012

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What do you want to read about?

I started writing Living LEAF in July of 2010, six months prior to the delivery of the first Nissan LEAF in the United States in December 2010. Having never driven an electric vehicle (EV) at the time, but having worked in the automotive industry for over 20 years, I had a keen interest in learning more about this means of transportation. I placed a reservation the first day available unsure of whether I wanted to buy a car sight unseen, and never having driven one. Now having owned a LEAF for almost a year, I am absolutely glad that I followed through on that reservation.

After my last article, a comment that I received made me wonder whether this site is really useful to its readers or not. Generally I write about the things that I am interested in thinking that others will be interested in many of those same things. Perhaps this is not the case.

Most LEAF owners own more than one vehicle. Because of this, I write about other vehicles that I think LEAF owners and potential LEAF owners will have an interest in – including hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles, as well as alternatives to the Nissan LEAF. While electric cars have been around longer than gasoline cars, their recent resurgence means that significant research and development is going on, not only by Nissan, but other major, and some not-so-major, manufacturers. One never knows how the developments of another manufacturer might influence the development of the LEAF, or your decision to choose a LEAF or perhaps another full battery electric vehicle. One thing that I learned over twenty years ago – nobody builds the perfect car. Which is why I decided to write about vehicles such as the Chevrolet Volt, Ford Focus Electric and Mitsubishi i among others. Every manufacturer brings their own perspective on what they think the customer wants, and some succeed better than others. Ultimately, many manufacturers will offer pure battery electric vehicles and broaden their selection of hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles. As this happens I will include articles on these other electric vehicles also. All of these vehicles will help us to reduce our reliance on foreign oil and also help us to create a cleaner environment. As a father of three young children, my outlook for the future has changed because my children will be living in that future. As an individual, I can make a difference, which is also one of the reasons that I started this blog. But at the end of the day (literally), I’m just a guy sitting in front of a computer, checking out various sources, and wondering what to write about next. This is where you come in.

Thanks to Google Analytics I know that over 23,000 people have visited this site since its inception. In that time we have had over 50,000 visits and 95,000 page views. Over half of these visitors have come back more than once, and my new readership percentage is increasing monthly. So it seems that as the LEAF is becoming more available, more people are looking for information on it, and some of those are finding their way to my little site. You are one of those people. So what would you like to read about?

Please take a moment to comment on this topic. The only reason that I make you register to comment is so that we (you and I) don’t have to put up with a bunch of spam comments. We still get a bunch, but I’ve got a pretty good spam comment catcher that holds them prior to publication, so I can just flush them all without you ever seeing them. I don’t even care if you enter a totally bogus email address. I’m not going to get in touch with you unless you directly request that I do. You can find my email address at the bottom of every page. I do moderate all first time comments, so don’t be alarmed if you don’t see your comment right away. I typically moderate all comments within 24 hours, usually less. I welcome all feedback and am open to your suggestions. And good luck with your search, whether you choose to go electric or not.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

IndyFlick March 10, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Ernie, I think there’s still a lot to write about the LEAF. I follow the esflow (LEAF sports car concept), monthly sales (US and worldwide), progress on the Tennessee plant, LEAF promotional efforts (like the bluegrass concert in a cave in Tennessee where the artists are transported to the stage in a LEAF), and car shows. I also follow the EV Project and infrastructure deployment. By the way, why does the EV Project have only 142 public charing sites in southern Ca (LA and San Diego) while Tennessee has 295??? Is the EV Project broken or what?

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Kelly Downey March 12, 2012 at 8:17 am

Aloha Ernie, I read your site everyday.Keep up the great work on the EV industry. Kelly

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Sasparilla March 12, 2012 at 9:38 am

Hi Ernie, I think you do a great job. I’d keep your focus of the site to plug-ins and not bother with hybrids. Give out the good, the bad and the ugly for our current vehicle choices (and new ones as they’re added).

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Frank Twohy March 12, 2012 at 10:42 am

Dear Ernie,

Great work! I too am interested in all things including EV infrastructure development. I am also interested in the political aspect of EV develpoment and how the electrical generators are impacting our charging.

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Ernie Hernandez (LEAFguy) March 12, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Thank you all for your feedback. I also received some emails directly in response to this article. It looks like we’re generally moving in the right direction, and will continue to write about LEAF related developments, general EV progress, and yes, the occasional hybrid. If ever there is a specific topic that you would like us to look into, in addition to those already mentioned, please feel free to drop me a note. I’m not a professional journalist, and Living LEAF does not have much clout, but we will look to find answers where we can.

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John P March 21, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Ernie,
I have been reading your articles almost from the beginning (right after I put down my $99 deposit and then wondered what was I getting). You always have a lot of information and even after one year of ownership, I keep learning new things about this wonderful vehicle. Keep up the good work.
John

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Ernie Hernandez (LEAFguy) March 21, 2012 at 9:35 pm

John – thanks for your kind comments. We will continue to provide information relevant to owners (such as our post on informational videos) as well as to those considering whether the LEAF will be right for them.

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Abigail Clarke-Sather April 12, 2012 at 11:23 am

What percentage of Nissan Leaf owners own another vehicle? Or own 2 other vehicles?

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Ernie Hernandez (LEAFguy) April 12, 2012 at 6:41 pm

Abigail – Welcome to Living LEAF. We have been wondering exactly that question, and your inquiry prompted us to pose it to Nissan. We are awaiting a response. Meantime, we’re going to start looking up these statistics on a national basis for all vehicle owners and see what we can find.

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