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First gen LEAF remanufactured batteries on the way

May 19, 2018

Remanufacturing LEAF batteries When Nissan first started selling the LEAF in 2010, they were already looking to the future. They partnered with Sumitomo to create 4R Energy Corporation to evaluate second-life applications for degraded EV batteries. 4R Energy is now starting production of remanufactured batteries in Japan. Previously, it took Nissan 16 days to evaluate […]

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One way to optimize your range

June 10, 2017

What’s on your wheels? Not long ago I wrote an article about losing the fourth bar on my 2012 Nissan LEAF. When writing that article, I noticed that our fuel economy was 3.1 miles per kilowatt hour, which I had never really paid any attention to before. This is pretty low compared with many EV […]

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What four bars down looks like

May 29, 2017

Battery degradation in a 2012 Nissan LEAF Battery degradation exists in electric cars, just as it does in mobile phones and laptops, but many people that are not familiar with electric cars have no idea what that is, or what it means. This article will help to fill in that knowledge gap. First, let’s provide you with […]

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Nissan and BMW partner on more fast charge stations

January 24, 2017

Partnership to continue into 2017 EV drivers will find it easier to find a fast charge station in the coming years as Nissan and BMW continue to partner with EVgo to bring additional fast charging capability to both CHAdoMO and SAE Combo connector (CCS) equipped electric cars. The above infographic shows the network that existed […]

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Stopgap larger battery 2016 LEAF due this fall

May 31, 2015

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.] [UPDATE 5/30/17:  Here’s a link to an article (here) where I talk about my 2012 LEAF that lost four […]

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