Driving Range

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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ChargePoint and Blink to offer interoperability

March 8, 2013
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Belong to one network, get access to the other In yet another innovation in the electric vehicle (EV) industry, two of the largest EV charge networks have developed a company that will allow the members of one network to use the other networks facilities. This opens the way to a much more convenient ownership experience [...]

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2013 LEAF range increases 15 percent over 2012

March 1, 2013
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Sample Electric Car EPA Sticker 84 miles range for 2013 vs. 73 miles for 2012 Over the past few days we have seen varying reports about the expected range for the 2013 LEAF. Not wanting to speculate, nor provide misleading information using non-standard testing methods, we went to the source – Nissan North America. We [...]

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Nissan offers LEAF battery capacity warranty

December 28, 2012
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Notification provided on LEAF forum In an interesting move, Nissan announced the availability of a new LEAF battery capacity warranty via the online forum MyNissanLEAF.com rather than through their typical press release format. We see this as an indication by Nissan that the voice of the owner via these types of avenues is being listened to, [...]

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