March 2013

LEAF LED headlights

March 31, 2013
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 A comparison with Halogen It occurred to me, driving home from a family gathering this evening in our new 2013 LEAF, that over the years the question of the LEAF’s LED headlights has come up periodically. And although I have agreed to comment on them, I don’t think that I ever have. The thought popped up […]

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EV technology finding its way into Nissan Hybrids

March 29, 2013
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Pathfinder Hybrid to be the first The first all Nissan hybrid was not a Nissan at all – it was an Infiniti. The M Hybrid though is a hybrid of a different breed. The M Hybrid is all about performance, to go with its fuel economy. We first wrote about both the Infiniti M Hybrid […]

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CARWINGS adds ChargePoint for 2013

March 27, 2013

Over 11,000 Charging Stations added One feature added to CARWINGS for the 2013 LEAF was the addition of the ChargePoint charging network to the onboard navigation display. LEAF drivers can see station location, availability, pricing and get directions should they choose to use a ChargePoint station. This could be a useful addition as the ChargePoint […]

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eNV200 to debut in UK

March 24, 2013
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  To debut at Birmingham Commercial Vehicle Show Nissan’s eNV200 will debut next month at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham, England. Also debuting will be the NV200 London Taxi. The Nissan NV200 was selected as the New York City Taxi of Tomorrow and will be the exclusive New York City taxi for 10 years […]

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AAA Washington offers Level 3 charging as emergency service

March 22, 2013
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Mobile quick charge on the way Following introductions in Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, AAA members in Seattle can look forward to mobile quick charges if needed. Not powered by a generator, but by the truck’s engine itself, the EV owner can now get enough juice to get to a charger instead of having […]

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Not strictly related to EVs, but…

March 22, 2013

Along with Nissan’s announcement of their annual fiscal year upper level management changes comes the reminder that they are moving closer to their goal of having 85 percent of Nissan vehicles sold in the U.S. built in North America. This includes Nissans (and Infinitis) built in Tennessee and Aguascalientes, Mexico. http://nissannews.com/en-US/nissan/usa/releases/nissan-announces-leadership-changes-in-the-americas

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Detroit Electric lives

March 20, 2013

Or does it? The century old name returns, but the product sounds a lot like the Tesla Roadster. Production capacity of 2,500 per year. Sports car. Exhilerating handling. Impressive range. The question is – do we need another one? http://www.detroit-electric.com/#pressrelease

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Washington State Senate outlaws blocking EV charging stations

March 17, 2013
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Fine of $124 for parking and not charging Washington State Senate just passed bill SB5849 (found here) which prohibits parking in a parking stall marked as an electric vehicle (EV) charging station. Specifically, a portion of the bill reads as follows: It is a parking infraction, with a monetary penalty of one hundred twenty-four dollars, for […]

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VW just introduced their all electric e-up!

March 17, 2013

VW just introduced their all electric e-up! The four passenger compact has a 90 mile range, offers quick charging, and will be available in Europe this fall. https://www.volkswagen-media-services.com/medias_publish/ms/content/en/pressemitteilungen/2013/03/14/the_new_e-up_.standard.gid-oeffentlichkeit.html

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Evernote installs workplace charging

March 16, 2013

California based Evernote CEO Phil Libin offers any employee a $250 monthly auto allowance. There’s a catch – it must qualify them to get into the carpool lane. At current lease rates, the LEAF fills the bill nicely. Watch the video for employees take on the deal. Evernote has already installed 10 level 2 charge […]

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