Battery/Charging Experience

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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2013 LEAF Very Low Battery Warning Research

September 8, 2013
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Or what happens when you use all of your juice We understand the need of many LEAF owners, and potential LEAF owners, to know how far their LEAF will take them. Depending on driving style, elevation changes, vehicle load, and the current orbital status of the moon around the earth, this distance will vary. We [...]

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Southern California Edison shares gained knowledge

August 18, 2013
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We look at their study in this two part series It turns out the sky isn’t falling after all. Many electric vehicle (EV) naysayers talk about the inability of the electrical grid nationwide to keep up with the increase in EV charging over time. Southern California Edison (SCE) says otherwise, based on a recently released [...]

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East Coast LEAF owners have cause to rejoice

July 10, 2013
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Quick Charger installation to begin on East Coast Back in May we wrote about Nissan’s plan to install 500 DC quick charge stations around the country in the next 18 months (found here). At the time, Nissan was reluctant to provide any additional details. Now they have regarding at least a portion of these installations. [...]

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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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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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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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AAA Washington offers Level 3 charging as emergency service

March 22, 2013
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Mobile quick charge on the way Following introductions in Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, AAA members in Seattle can look forward to mobile quick charges if needed. Not powered by a generator, but by the truck’s engine itself, the EV owner can now get enough juice to get to a charger instead of having [...]

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Washington State Senate outlaws blocking EV charging stations

March 17, 2013
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Fine of $124 for parking and not charging Washington State Senate just passed bill SB5849 (found here) which prohibits parking in a parking stall marked as an electric vehicle (EV) charging station. Specifically, a portion of the bill reads as follows: It is a parking infraction, with a monetary penalty of one hundred twenty-four dollars, for [...]

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