Driving Range

Stopgap larger battery 2016 LEAF due this fall

May 31, 2015
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2016 LEAF to bridge gap to LEAF 2.0 [UPDATE 6/13/2015] I have confirmation that Nissan’s upper two trim levels will use the new technology battery cells in the current battery modules. Nissan will not confirm the range, but it’s a safe bet that range will improve to at least 105 epa-rated miles. *** It seems […]

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Let’s talk about battery degradation

May 9, 2015

Battery degradation isn’t that big of a deal for many [UPDATE: Here’s a link to an article (found here) about a LEAF in the UK that went 100,000 miles in under two years with no degradation.] First, a definition. Electric vehicle (EV) battery degradation is when the battery loses capacity over time. If you’ve ever […]

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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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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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A look at the bottom of the “tank”

July 5, 2013
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Using up almost all of our juice The photo at the top of this post is what I was looking at for a couple of miles on the way home from visiting with friends yesterday. After some running around early in the day, we plugged in for awhile before heading out. We had plenty of […]

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2013 LEAF ECO and B-mode (SV and SL trims)

June 25, 2013
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Or, “Which mode do I use?” In September 2011 we wrote an article about the ECO drive mode on the LEAF. It has proven to be one of our most read articles. For the 2013 model year, Nissan has offered some changes to the system on the SV and SL trim levels. This article is […]

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Bosch sees 300km (186 mile) EV range by 2020

June 9, 2013
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This is what nobody else is reporting We wrote an article recently about Bosch providing the first $450 Level 2 home charging system (found here). Upon reading the news of Bosch announcing a 180 mile range mass market electric vehicle (EV) by 2020 (found here), we thought that we needed to do some homework. So […]

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PEVs in California triple from 2011 to 2012

May 23, 2013
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EVs gaining ground in California The California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) has released its second survey of plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) owners (found here). We reported on the results of the first survey last August (found here). With information provided by over 2,000 electric vehicle (EV) owners, this report provides information and details found […]

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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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