Battery/Charging Experience

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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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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Plugshare adds No Charge to Charge filter

July 31, 2014
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Nissan makes Plugshare app official location finder Recargo, provider of the popular online charge station locator app PlugShare, announced that Nissan has made PlugShare the official No Charge to Charge app to find locations. We have been a big PlugShare fan since discovering it a few years ago. The great thing about the app is […]

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Set an end timer to charge your electric car

July 6, 2014
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Why should I set an end timer? All electric cars and many EVSEs (electric vehicle supply equipment) come with a timer that offers the ability to set a start time, end time, or both to enable you to charge your electric car within a specific time window. This article offers a sound reason to use […]

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Which charging standard will win?

June 8, 2014
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Will we need to have a winner? When we pull up to a typical gas pump, we are faced with several hose options – regular, mid-grade, premium, and sometimes diesel. Perhaps this is our electric vehicle (EV) future as well. A study performed by The EV Project before it imploded last year stated that the […]

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Alcoa to develop aluminum air battery

June 2, 2014
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Potential for use as range extender for lithium ion battery vehicles Alcoa has announced a partnership with Phinergy to develop and commercialize aluminum air batteries. Phinergy has been developing aluminum air battery technology since 2008, and is looking to take that development to the next level by partnering with Alcoa. The aluminum air battery offers […]

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ChargePoint becoming the network to beat with recent capital infusion

May 26, 2014
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$22.6 million add brings total funding to over $110 million ChargePoint, based in northern California, now operates more than 17,000 charging ports in the nation making it the largest EV charging network in the country. With this capital infusion of $22.6 million ChargePoint is clearly the most successful privately held charging network company. The Blink […]

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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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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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