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LEAF owners buy more LEAFs

February 8, 2016
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LEAF receives IHS Automotive Loyalty Award There are currently well over 30 automobile brands sold in the United States, from Acura to Volvo. Each brand offers an array of models. I’m not even going to make an attempt to tally them all. 2015 saw almost 17.5 million vehicles sold in the US, the best year […]

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EV charging is getting easier

December 24, 2015
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More places to charge with easier access Currently, EV drivers must collect an assortment of charging network access cards if one is to be able to charge at the nearest charging station. This issue harkens back to the days when gas stations had their own credit cards but the idea of bank cards had not […]

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Volkswagen – It’s Simple

September 27, 2015
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Turn the emissions control systems on Much has been reported in recent days about the Volkswagen emissions control scandal. Little has been said about what to do about it. It’s simple – turn the emissions control systems on. Having read many reports about the situation, it is clear now that Volkswagen has emissions control systems […]

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2016 LEAF gets 107 mile EPA range, new battery warranty

September 10, 2015
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New larger battery increases range, price Nissan has announced the release of the 2016 LEAF with a 30 kilowatt hour battery as standard equipment in the SV and SL models, providing an EPA rated mileage of 107. The S model continues with the 24 kilowatt hour, 84 mile EPA range battery. “The new battery offers […]

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Innovative use of used EV batteries

August 1, 2015
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FreeWire Technologies develops mobile EV charging One concern of the relatively new EV industry is what is going to be done with used EV batteries. California based FreeWire Technologies, one of hopefully many more to come, has a creative solution. When an electric vehicle (EV) battery produces only 70 percent of its original capability due […]

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Stopgap larger battery 2016 LEAF due this fall

May 31, 2015
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2016 LEAF to bridge gap to LEAF 2.0 [UPDATE 6/13/2015] I have confirmation that Nissan’s upper two trim levels will use the new technology battery cells in the current battery modules. Nissan will not confirm the range, but it’s a safe bet that range will improve to at least 105 epa-rated miles. *** It seems […]

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Tennessee, Connecticut offer EV incentives

May 25, 2015
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States encourage EV ownership Connecticut EV buyers will for the first time qualify for rebates up to $3,000. Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell and Toyota Mirai will also qualify for the maximum rebate. Hybrids or EVs with a seven to eighteen kilowatt hour battery qualify for $1,500, while smaller battery hybrids are eligible for $750. Tennessee, […]

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Let’s talk about battery degradation

May 9, 2015

Battery degradation isn’t that big of a deal for many [UPDATE: Here’s a link to an article (found here) about a LEAF in the UK that went 100,000 miles in under two years with no degradation.] First, a definition. Electric vehicle (EV) battery degradation is when the battery loses capacity over time. If you’ve ever […]

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Nissan to launch autonomous car in Japan in 2016

April 3, 2015
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Ghosn confirms at NYIAS Nissan, having agreed on a five year development partnership with NASA on the development of autonomous vehicles, has confirmed that their first market to have the vehicle will be Japan next year according to comments by Carlos Ghosn, Nissan CEO, at the New York International Auto Show. There is a very sound […]

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LEAF 2.0?

March 7, 2015
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Did Nissan just show the second generation LEAF in Geneva? Introduced as the Nissan SWAY at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show as a possible European crossover, this new small hatchback could easily fit into another role. My thought is that Nissan is previewing LEAF 2.0. Nissan has stated three design concepts that will make […]

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