April 2012

26th International Electric Vehicle Syposium next week

April 30, 2012
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Public Ride and Drive – Sunday May 6 Ever hear of the World Electric Vehicle Association? Neither had we. Until we were reviewing our electric car Google alerts and found some information about the upcoming International Electric Vehicle Symposium (brought to you by the really big name group). Actually, it is organized by the World […]

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Norway is hotbed of electric cars

April 28, 2012
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Nissan LEAF not the first to reach 1,000 sales While Nissan is trumpeting the fact that they’ve already sold 1,000 LEAFs in Norway in their first six months of sales, they are not the first electric vehicle (EV) to reach that vaunted number. Mitsubishi started selling their all electric model i in January of 2011, […]

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It’s official – Nissan no longer taking reservations for the LEAF

April 26, 2012
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$99 reservation fees already received to be refunded The Nissan LEAF reservation process – that confusing and sometimes maddening (for some) system – is no more. Anyone with an active reservation will receive a refund within 6-8 weeks according to Nissan’s LEAF website. In fact, this is the exact wording on their site now: $99 […]

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Happy Earth Day 2012

April 25, 2012
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Sunday, April 22, 2012 But wait, we hear you saying, that was last weekend! Yeah… I guess we missed it. Not that we didn’t know about it. Earth Day was in the mainstream media, on the radio, on television… pretty much everywhere. So how could we miss it? Well… it’s kind of like this. We […]

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Nissan and GE talk Smart Grid

April 23, 2012
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Nissan partners with GE to showcase Smart Grid technologies at SAE 2012 World Congress Nissan and GE have developed a strategic partnership to explore and further develop the idea of the Smart Grid, and what it can mean for the average consumer. We wrote about IBM, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and Honda working together […]

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EPA range and the electric vehicle

April 21, 2012
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Let us know if you can figure it out Some things that we learned in grade school apparently don’t work in the real world. Like basic math for instance. We decided to demystify the confusing EPA mileage range assigned to various manufacturer’s electric vehicles (EVs) only to be slapped down by yet another confusing government process. […]

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IBM lithium-air battery research

April 20, 2012
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IBM announces new partners We thought that we had previously discussed IBM’s lithium-air battery research in a previous article, but we did not find it in a search of our archives. So we bring you this article as an update to the ongoing research in the field of electric vehicle (EV) battery development. In 2009 […]

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Nissan LEAF one year battery check

April 18, 2012
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Our LEAF goes in for its annual checkup As with most other things in life, we were late getting our LEAF in for its first annual battery checkup. We took delivery of our LEAF on March 25 of last year, and in that time have managed to rack up a total of only 6,400 miles. […]

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Nissan LEAF battery update

April 17, 2012
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Nissan has produced over 11 million LEAF battery cells With a recent YouTube video (available below), Nissan has announced that they have produced over 11 million Nissan LEAF battery cells – roughly half of the auto industry’s global production. With Sunderland, UK producing batteries as of February, and Smyrna, Tennessee producing batteries later this year, […]

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IBM, Honda, and Pacific Gas & Electric evaluate smart grid

April 16, 2012
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Pilot program looks to evaluate potential EV interaction with smart grid IBM has announced a partnership with American Honda and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to evaluate a pilot program to look at communication between electric vehicles (EVs) and the power grid. The program is designed to demonstrate the ability for the grid and the […]

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