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LEAF police vehicle expands its use into government fleets

April 5, 2014
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LEAF as police car? We recently learned of this Kingsport Tennessee police department LEAF. To their knowledge, it is the first all electric fully marked police vehicle used in the country. This LEAF will be used in the Code Enforcement Division – a perfect use of the LEAF’s capabilities. In service for about a month, [...]

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Nissan sells 100,000th LEAF globally

January 20, 2014

45 Percent of all EVs globally are Nissan’s LEAF The mainstream press is quick to point out all of the flaws and shortcomings of electric vehicles (EV). They seem less interested in pointing out the advances that EVs have made, and the ways in which they are suitable for a wide variety of lifestyles and [...]

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Drive over 7,500 miles free each year

January 12, 2014
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Reframing the argument There has been much in the news lately about Ford’s new C-MAX Solar Energi concept vehicle. This plug-in hybrid uses the power of the sun to provide enough electricity to charge its battery during the course of the day. The big news here, of course, is that there are three fully functional [...]

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This time it’s different

December 31, 2013
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Why electric cars will make it this time around The above internet meme has been making the rounds lately. We haven’t taken the time to review the correctness of the information relayed by the words in the photos, but certainly the argument can be made that the cost of computer storage, its size, and its [...]

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EV education remains key to adoption

December 16, 2013
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Over 25 percent of drivers could use an EV today According to a survey by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and Consumers Union (CU), 42 percent of households with vehicles could use plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) today, and 25 percent of those same households could use a battery electric vehicle (BEV) today without [...]

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Test drive of the BMW i3

November 24, 2013
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Perhaps the model for the EV of the future And people call the LEAF ugly? To call the BMW i3′s looks different is to be kind. With its extremely short snout and bizarre rear door window design BMW is boldly inviting critical commentary. They found it here. And that’s just the front and the side. [...]

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Nissan e-NV200 to launch in Japan first

November 17, 2013
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Launch set for FY 2014 Based on the Nissan LEAF powertrain, the e-NV200 light commercial vehicle (LCV) will mark the second Nissan electric vehicle global launch. Production will begin in Barcelona, Spain in mid-2014. We have written many articles about the long-running testing process that Nissan has used to develop the e-NV200 (found here, here, [...]

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One possible Nissan EV future

November 10, 2013
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Nissan BladeGlider to debut at Tokyo Motor Show Normally, when we see a prototype, we know that it may have little to do with the future of the automobile. These exercises in extravagance often provide us with the sort of eye candy that keeps designers and leather makers happy, but have little basis in any [...]

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48 kWh LEAF in your future?

October 27, 2013
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Nissan stuffs 48kWh battery into LEAF The Nissan Barcelona Technical Centre crew took three LEAFs to the Spain based ECOseries race series this season. Two of the vehicles were essentially stock with slight modifications to improve vehicle aerodynamics and reduce weight. The third was tweaked in the other direction for the final race of the [...]

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Chevy Spark EV and Fiat 500e drives

October 6, 2013
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A quick comparison The National Plug In Day in San Diego last weekend was well attended by existing electric vehicle (EV) owners, and those considering them. Many manufacturers were represented (primarily by sales consultants riding shotgun) as they provided vehicles to be driven or sometimes to be ridden in (Tesla Model S and BMW I3). [...]

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