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Buy a LEAF, charge for free

April 19, 2014
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Program to reach 80 percent of sales market Nissan announced this week the intention of offering free charging for two years to everyone that purchases or leases a new LEAF. Ultimately the program will reach 25 U.S. markets covering 80 percent of LEAFs sold. The heart of the program is an all-access card that will [...]

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LEAF police vehicle expands its use into government fleets

April 5, 2014
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LEAF as police car? We recently learned of this Kingsport Tennessee police department LEAF. To their knowledge, it is the first all electric fully marked police vehicle used in the country. This LEAF will be used in the Code Enforcement Division – a perfect use of the LEAF’s capabilities. In service for about a month, [...]

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What does it cost to drive a Nissan LEAF?

April 1, 2014
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First rule of EV acquisition – lease, don’t buy You will notice the careful wording of the title of this article. It is more important to look at the cost of driving the Nissan LEAF, than it is to look at the cost of owning the Nissan LEAF. Let’s examine why. Should you buy or [...]

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Another heavyweight looks into developing EV batteries

February 28, 2014
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As we wend our way into 2014 the outlook for electric vehicles (EVs) is improving in the United States. Georgia, a relatively conservative Southern state, has become the fastest growing EV market in America. It’s easy to see why when the state offers compelling incentives in addition to federal tax credits. Perhaps even more interesting [...]

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Nissan sells 100,000th LEAF globally

January 20, 2014

45 Percent of all EVs globally are Nissan’s LEAF The mainstream press is quick to point out all of the flaws and shortcomings of electric vehicles (EV). They seem less interested in pointing out the advances that EVs have made, and the ways in which they are suitable for a wide variety of lifestyles and [...]

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Drive over 7,500 miles free each year

January 12, 2014
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Reframing the argument There has been much in the news lately about Ford’s new C-MAX Solar Energi concept vehicle. This plug-in hybrid uses the power of the sun to provide enough electricity to charge its battery during the course of the day. The big news here, of course, is that there are three fully functional [...]

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This time it’s different

December 31, 2013
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Why electric cars will make it this time around The above internet meme has been making the rounds lately. We haven’t taken the time to review the correctness of the information relayed by the words in the photos, but certainly the argument can be made that the cost of computer storage, its size, and its [...]

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EV education remains key to adoption

December 16, 2013
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Over 25 percent of drivers could use an EV today According to a survey by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and Consumers Union (CU), 42 percent of households with vehicles could use plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) today, and 25 percent of those same households could use a battery electric vehicle (BEV) today without [...]

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One possible Nissan EV future

November 10, 2013
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Nissan BladeGlider to debut at Tokyo Motor Show Normally, when we see a prototype, we know that it may have little to do with the future of the automobile. These exercises in extravagance often provide us with the sort of eye candy that keeps designers and leather makers happy, but have little basis in any [...]

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Nissan in reach of LEAF yearly sales goal

November 2, 2013
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2,002 LEAFs sold in October With the Nissan LEAF monthly sales averaging around 2,000 units for the past several months, and a sales goal of 20,000 units this year, Nissan seems to be within reach of making their goal. Year-to-date US sales for Nissan’s electric car amount to 18,078 with two months to go. With [...]

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