Electric Vehicles

Nissan LEAF Performance

Increase Your Nissan LEAF's Performance with This Little Trick

How many of you grew up with a stick shift in your car? I know stick shifts and manual transmissions started fading way back when auto transmissions started taking over. Do you long for the day when you used to have the power to downshift when you wanted to slow down and upshift when you needed that next increase in speed?

Why I Bought Ford Focus Electric After Researching All Electric Cars

Spurred by a college friend’s Facebook post about the first year owning a Tesla Model S, I began really looking at what EVs were all about. I was getting 13 mpg in my 2004 Dodge Dakota and I did not just want a “new” car. I was not going to buy gas anymore, so I was only looking into going pure electric.

I researched them all – Nissan, Fiat, BMW, Cadillac, VW, Mercedes, Mitsubishi, Smart Car, Chevrolet, Kia and Ford. Not one perfect choice among this group, but several very likable options, including my personal preference leader, the Ford Focus Electric (FFE).

2016 Nissan LEAF

Current Leaf Owners Long for One Thing Maybe Nissan will Deliver

Every Nissan LEAF driver has likely experienced a common, typical challenge from time to time, but will Nissan be there with a remedy soon? Every LEAF owner has probably forgotten to plug in the car and experienced that "oh no" feeling of, "I am in trouble now." I can’t remember ever forgetting to plug in my Nissan LEAF, but my wife has. So I do know the feeling.

HOV stickers - the key driver in resale values of used Chevy Volts?

I noticed that the new Gen 1 cars are now selling with huge incentives and attractive leases nationwide. Various promos are allowing for cars to be sold at even below invoice (excluding the $7500 Federal credit and state rebates). The Gen 1 has had a good track record for reliability, and has had only a few known issues (fractured bearing cages, failed charging cables (since recalled), cracked charging ports, and a few electrical glitches).

How a 50 mph dedicated EV lane system could solve to cost-per-range issue with EVs

At 50 mph, the Mitsubishi i-Miev can go 70 miles on a charge, the Nissan Leaf 97 miles, and the Model S 300 miles.

Compare this to what those cars can do at a typical 70 mph speed: 260 miles range for the Model S, 68 miles for the Leaf, and 40 miles for the I-Miev. That's about a 15% range gain for the Model S, a 63% range gain for the Leaf, and a whopping 75% range difference for the I-Miev. The Tesla Model S's being a heavy and aerodynamic car factors into its inefficient low speed range and more efficient, relative to that, high-speed range.

Nissan LEAF Chargin

How Can LEAF owners avoid wait times at fueling stations?

Are there ways to avoid getting stuck while traveling away from home in your Nissan Leaf? With pre-planning routes, are refueling challenges eliminated or can they be reduced significantly? Have you ever needed to refuel and got to a location only to be disappointed because an EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment) was already being used or had an ICE (internal combustion engine) car parked in that spot?
Tesla Model S Battery Swap

A Clear way to fill up your Tesla faster than a Gas Car can with Gas

There are so many people that look at the recharging times of electric cars and swear they will never get one because of the time lag of a recharge. Even though you can fill up your Tesla Model S overnight as you sleep in your garage. Even though you can wake up with a full "tank" every single morning after a good night sleep. Even though, there is a nationwide fast charger network.
Lexus Self-Driving Car from Google

In 2020 You Won't Be Driving Yourself to Work and How That Will Change Your Life

At this point, there have been many articles about self driving cars or autonomous cars. Elon Musk, GM and Google have all pointed to the future being filled with these types of cars. The promise is that safety will increase and tens of thousands of accidents will be eliminated.

Nissan's Smart Strategy Regarding LEAF Inventory is Not a Crisis

Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation (NMAC), which is an independent subsidiary of Nissan Motor Corporation (NMC), is responsible for customer leasing programs and in effect buys new cars from the parent company and then leases them to retail and fleet customers. As with any organization that buys and leases assets, part of the process is that at the end of the lease period they must liquidate that asset. In order to liquidate the asset, in this case a LEAF coming off of lease, they must decide on what the value, or residual, of the asset will be at that point in time.

2010 Toyota Prius Plugin Hybrid

Why Didn't Toyota get a charge out of the Plug In Prius?

In 2010 I was offered the chance to be a subject matter expert in a special program offered by Toyota to test and show their soon to be released 2012 Plug In Prius. One snowy day in January 2010, the car arrived for me. Me and my whole family where extremely excited to say the least. My wife and I and a couple of kids hoped in the back and we went off for a test drive. It didn’t have any EV charge as it had just arrived.
Car Fire

EVs are Smoking Hot, They Don't Normally Catch Fire

A Car was on Fire on Saturday in Kaufman County Texas over the weekend and a strong smell of fuel was reported. To our surprise it wasn’t a Chevy Volt, or Tesla or Nissan Leaf according to reports. It was a gas car fire. The Story didn’t even state what type of car it was; however, from the video you can tell it wasn’t one of the three vehicles I referenced above.

Three Reasons I Prefer Nissan LEAF over Kia Soul EV

He writes that he really likes the Soul and on paper he feels that it's a better car than Nissan LEAF and many respects. "But I chose the LEAF because of the following" reasons, he writes, and lists three reasons for his choice.

The first reason is the lack of nearby Kia dealers. It will take him to drive 45 minutes to get to the nearest Kia dealer that actually stocks Soul EV. This is, of course, closely related to the second and particularly the third reasons, discussed below.

How to tell when electric cars have made it, and why we don’t need a cheap one

Is the future electric? Are electric vehicles destined to displace the internal combustion engine for passenger vehicles once and for all? If so, how long is that going to take? And why does an all-electric Nissan LEAF cost $30,000 when it looks just like a Nissan Versa you can get for a shade under $12,000 if the dealer is desperate?

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