European group supports one EV charge port standard

September 24, 2011
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Standard supported by some member manufacturers The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has proposed a single connection standard for AC and DC charging of all electric vehicles (EVs) sold in European Union (EU) countries beginning in 2017. ACEA is comprised of 15 truck and automobile manufacturers with European interests. The standard recommended by the ACEA […]

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Where would we be without the internet?

September 3, 2011

So much information… So little time We have been producing Living LEAF for over a year now (although our first six months of work got swallowed in a server crash). We are still amazed at how little we know about all of the information to be found regarding electric vehicles (EVs) in general – battery […]

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LEAF earns 5 star overall safety rating

July 26, 2011

Nissan LEAF gets highest safety rating from NHTSA This is undoubtedly one of the questions that we get asked most often, and now we have an answer – 5 Stars. The question is obviously, what is the government’s safety rating of the LEAF. Since the government had not released results before now, there was no […]

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It was one year ago today…

April 20, 2011

That Nissan brought about the dawn of a new era in automobiles April 20, 2010 will be remembered by electric vehicle (EV) enthusiasts everywhere as the day that changed the future of the automobile. Too melodramatic you say? Think about it. Nissan has ushered in a sea change in this industry that has been too […]

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Your mileage WILL vary

April 2, 2011

Everyone’s situation is different We had a reader ask us why we compared the LEAF with the Quest in yesterday’s article. The answer is simple – in our household the LEAF is replacing the Quest as our primary vehicle. The Quest replaces the Sentra as our secondary vehicle. This will not be the case for […]

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Nissan LEAF manuals now available online

February 6, 2011

All LEAF manuals now viewable in pdf format Nissan has finally activated the link via their corporate website to the LEAF’s various owner’s manuals. If you want information about the LEAF, there is no place to find a more comprehensive compilation of material than here. There are 11 links to be found at this site. […]

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Where is my Nissan LEAF in the production queue? Part 2

December 10, 2010

I’ve ordered my LEAF. Now what? Part Two Yesterday we looked at the timing involved from Nissan’s side in delivering the LEAF to their customers. From start of production to turning over the keys to the new owner, the time needed can be less than two months – as will be demonstrated this weekend with […]

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Nissan LEAF electric motor and transmission

November 1, 2010

So… how does a LEAF work? [UPDATE] This article was written in 2010 and applies to the 2011 and 2012 models of the Nissan LEAF. A different electric motor is used on the 2013 and later models with slightly revised specifications. * * * We’re not really going to tell you how a LEAF works. […]

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How important are low rolling resistance tires to my Nissan LEAF?

September 6, 2010

Are low rolling resistance (LRR) tires worth it? We just had a reader ask this question, and not knowing the answer, we thought that we would see what we could find. So off we went (via the web) to one of our favorite tire and wheel information sources – The Tire Rack. While The Tire Rack […]

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