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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 First, a definition. Electric vehicle (EV) battery degradation is when the battery loses capacity over time. If you’ve ever owned a laptop or a cell phone, you have experienced battery degradation. An EV just has a much larger battery than your average laptop. A glance […]

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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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CHAdeMO vs. SAE CCS vs. Tesla Supercharger

February 19, 2015
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Who is king of the mountain? While editing my last post, looking at the maps of DC quick chargers in Japan and in the United States, it made me wonder how the coverage would compare when evaluating the three standards available in the U.S. now. Using the plugshare.com site once again, here is a visual […]

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Are electric car charging stations taking over Japan?

February 17, 2015
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The real story is the quick chargers Many in the media lately have been writing about the recent announcement by a Nissan Japan corporate VP that there are more electric car charging stations in Japan than there are gas stations. It’s not much of a stretch to then move on to say that there are […]

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EV Infrastructure Grows

January 31, 2015
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ChargePoint seems to be the winner First Volkswagen and BMW announced the development of East and West Coast electric vehicle (EV) charge corridors. Then Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) stated that it would bring over 1,000 EV charge stations to its service area with Nissan’s help. ChargePoint, a manufacturer and network provider, is partnering […]

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Is $30,000 and 200 miles the new EV benchmark?

January 17, 2015
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Chevrolet Bolt misses that mark Chevrolet announced the Bolt concept electric car at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit with a price of $30,000 and a driving range of 200 miles. The Bolt’s $30k price point is to be reached after incentives, which means that the vehicle price will be roughly $37,500. Elon […]

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LEAF vs. Prius – First 4 Years

January 9, 2015

EV beats Hybrid With Nissan just reporting LEAF sales for 2014 of 30,200, up 33 percent from 22,610 from 2013, I thought it would be a good time to revisit how the first four years of LEAF sales compared with the first four years of the Toyota Prius – the undisputed champion of the hybrid […]

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Health, Happiness, Serenity

January 1, 2015
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My wish for you It is with some amazement that I sit down here and type these words. It was back in 2010 when I first started writing about the upcoming Nissan LEAF. Always a seeker of knowledge wherever it is to be found, when I first learned of Nissan’s plans for a new electric car […]

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