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Cost of fueling a LEAF

August 22, 2011

More specifically, the cost of fueling our LEAF We took delivery of our car on March 25, 2011. I have the good fortune of having a company car for work, and my wife has the good fortune of having a commute that consists of walking downstairs to her computer. So the LEAF for us is […]

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So really… what’s the real-world range of the Nissan LEAF?

June 9, 2011

That depends [UPDATE: As you can see above, this article was written based on the 2011 LEAF in June, 2011. The 2013 LEAF driving range has improved roughly fifteen percent with no expectation for improvement for the 2014 model year. The remaining information in the article remains relevant to your everyday driving.] The Nissan LEAF […]

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Almost running a LEAF out of juice

May 21, 2011

On purpose In our admittedly uneventful household, today brought two momentous occasions – we were able to replicate a photograph that we had been wanting to for a couple of months now, and – we got down to dashes on our juice display. First, the photo. On the Nissan news site, Nissan publishes many photographs […]

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Our Blink story – so far

April 29, 2011

Glitch number one resolved – finally On April 17 we wrote that we discovered our first problem with our LEAF ownership. And as it happened, it wasn’t a problem with the car, but with the Blink EVSE. The plug that connects with the vehicle would physically not plug into the car due to a deformed moisture […]

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California EV rebate in hand

April 18, 2011

Then right out the other We wrote on April 5th about our application for the California electric vehicle rebate through the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE). We expected the check to come in last week. It did. This shows that their process is actually very efficient, as long as all of the proper documents are […]

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Glitch Number One

April 17, 2011

Not with the car… with our Blink We have charged our car exactly twice with our Blink Residential Level 2 Wall Mount charger. (Their term – not ours. The charger is actually built into the car. The Blink electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) provides the juice from the wall to the car.) When we tried […]

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Functioning Level 2 and submitted California EV Rebate paperwork

April 5, 2011

SDG&E installed second meter today As we were out of town all last week, we didn’t have time to get all of our paperwork together to submit to the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) for our EV rebate. So we got it all together over the weekend and drove it to the office first thing […]

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Nissan LEAF review by a non-car person

April 3, 2011

So what do “regular” non-ev people think of the LEAF? I asked my wife Many who buy or lease the new LEAF do so for all that it offers. They have studied the car, understood it in ways that internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle drivers may not. So what happens when you put the LEAF in […]

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Your mileage WILL vary

April 2, 2011

Everyone’s situation is different We had a reader ask us why we compared the LEAF with the Quest in yesterday’s article. The answer is simple – in our household the LEAF is replacing the Quest as our primary vehicle. The Quest replaces the Sentra as our secondary vehicle. This will not be the case for […]

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Fuel costs of electric cars vs. gas powered cars

March 31, 2011

A really small sample of (real world) energy cost variance [UPDATE] We wrote this article in 2011 as an expression of our personal experience comparing the costs of driving our gasoline powered vehicles that we owned at the time with our 2011 LEAF. We have since offered several updates that offer a more useful perspective. […]

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