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Fuel cell vehicles – current and future

December 6, 2014
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A look at fuel cell vehicles – viable or not? Electric vehicles (EVs) are not all the same. The Nissan LEAF is a battery electric vehicle (BEV) taking its power purely from an on-board battery. The Chevrolet Volt is an Extended Range Electric Vehicle (EREV) using an onboard battery for motivation until the battery charge […]

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2014 Los Angeles Auto Show

November 23, 2014
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The year of the Fuel Cell? First – above you see Nissan’s BladeGlider concept. Nothing new here as this was announced by Nissan almost exactly a year ago. But this is the first time that we’ve actually had a chance to look at one in real-life. I must admit… it looks just as weird in […]

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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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Nissan announces LEAF replacement battery pricing – finally

June 27, 2014
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Replacement pricing lower than many expected Nissan today announced the price for the LEAF replacement battery pack not on their corporate PR website, but on a LEAF internet forum. For a conservative Japanese company that carefully analyzes its every move, the delivery mechanism alone is worth noting. The behemoth is acknowledging the power of the […]

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e-NV200 test in Portland, Oregon

June 12, 2014
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Six week commercial evaluation Nissan’s e-NV200 electric van, based on the LEAF powertrain, will be evaluated by Portland General Electric (PGE) for a six week trial to determine its effectiveness in a commercial application. As we have written previously, the e-NV200 has been tested many times over the past several years in similar applications in […]

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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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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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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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