May 2013

Honda reduces Fit EV lease

May 31, 2013
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New lease rate hoping to improve interest Honda, recognizing that their Fit EV is not even close to appealing to their customer base, has done what auto manufacturers have done since the automobile’s first days – throw money at it. And not only for new customers, but existing customers also, which is unique. It sounds […]

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Spark EV priced at $26,685

May 24, 2013
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Sub $20,000 after incentives We really were thinking that this would be a less than positive story. After all, this is Living LEAF, right? But after taking another look at some of the specs of the Spark EV, and considering the price point that Chevrolet chose to place on this car, we found ourselves rethinking […]

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PEVs in California triple from 2011 to 2012

May 23, 2013
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EVs gaining ground in California The California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) has released its second survey of plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) owners (found here). We reported on the results of the first survey last August (found here). With information provided by over 2,000 electric vehicle (EV) owners, this report provides information and details found […]

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LEAF sales shine where infrastructure lives

May 19, 2013
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West Coast strength proves infrastructure helps sales This week Nissan announced that LEAF sales passed the 25,000 mark in the US and over 60,000 worldwide. Recognizing that electric vehicle (EV) sales drive infrastructure build-out, Nissan also acknowledges that infrastructure build-out drives EV sales. “We’ve also learned how infrastructure plays a role in a consumer’s decision to […]

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Tesla S shines with Consumer Reports

May 12, 2013
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Image source: Tesla Motors Model S scores 99 out of 100 points We must say right up front that we are not big fans of Tesla. Admittedly, as much of that has to do with our feelings toward Tesla’s founder as it does with the car itself. Let’s just say that we’re not big fans […]

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Bosch Level 2 Charge Station under $450

May 9, 2013
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Available to order now Bosch, the spark plug, appliance, automotive navigation system maker (among myriad other items) has developed, and is now offering, a 16 amp, 240 volt residential charging solution for $449. Rated for either indoor or outdoor installations the Power Max charge station comes with a 12 foot cord and is a permanent […]

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Nissan’s 500 quick charger installations

May 8, 2013
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Dealership installations underway in Southern California Back in January we wrote about Nissan’s plan to install 500 quick charge stations around the country in 18 months (found here). Details then were sketchy, and when we reached out to Nissan recently we got little more to go on. Asking our contact at Nissan about Nissan’s plans […]

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2013 LEAF earns Top Safety Pick

May 7, 2013
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LEAF joins Altima as 2013 IIHS Top Safety Pick The 2013 LEAF proves itself to not only provide low cost of ownership benefits, but strong safety benefits as well. This comes as no real surprise as LEAF earned the award for the 2011 and 2012 model years also. One real difference for 2013 though is […]

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Another EV battery breakthrough

May 6, 2013
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Potential for twice the current driving range A team from the Australian University of Wollongong’s Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials (kind of sounds like where the X-Men came from) is developing an improved lithium-ion battery chemistry. Professor Zaiping Guo and her team, using nano engineering along with Germanium based materials, have developed a battery […]

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LEAF sells 1,937 in April

May 3, 2013
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Favorable lease rates extended April sales numbers were down from March sales for Nissan as the fiscal year end deals ended. The brand still ended with a positive year over year sales gain for the month of April. Recognizing a strong marketing tool in its arsenal, Nissan has extended the favorable lease rates on LEAF. […]

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