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On evs & phevs

evs-section1In this blogging section, I'll riff on EVs & PHEVs, from both a practical perspective and from a political perspective.

Nissan: Even $10k won't get me to buy my LEAF


Nissan is offering lesees $5,000 if they'll buy their LEAF at the end of their LEAF lease. But I'm guessing most won't take Nissan up on this offer.

editors-blog-entry3So, apparently Nissan is offering some people who've leased a 2012, 2013 LEAF and who have come to the end of their lease terms $5,000 off of the cost of the car -- if these LEAF lesees offer to buy out Nissan on their LEAF lease.

Not a bad idea, Nissan.

But it's not enough, not nearly enough.

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The myth of the 'affordable' Tesla


The Model S is a great car -- I sure wish I had one -- but I, like the vast majority of Americans, cannot afford one.

editors-blog-entry3I'm a huge fan of Tesla, and I am very happy for all Tesla owners out there -- especially those powering their Teslas with home solar.

But can we stop with the ridiculous claim of a Tesla Model S being anything other than WAY too expensive for anyone with a household income of fewer than six figures, and, realistically, in 99 percent of cases, anyone with a household income of less than $200,000 per year!

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10 things Nissan should change about LEAF


My 2014 Nissan LEAF has 14,000 miles on it, all of them Sun Miles :-)


I've driven my 2014 LEAF SV 14,000 miles in Colorado, USA, all of these miles solar-charged :-) via my home's 5.6 kW solar system. Generally, I'm quite happy with my LEAF.

That noted, here are 10 things I'd change/add for the next generation LEAF -->

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Enjoy superior EV quickness while you still can

editors-blog-entry3One of the greatest things about driving electric vehicles is their quickness of acceleration. Press on the gas pedal and you get immediate and impressive torque, even in a "lame" 2014 Nissan LEAF such as mine.

I call it "lame" because its official 0-60 m.p.h. time is somewhere between 8 and 9 seconds, hardly stellar, but also TOTALLY deceiving, as it's damn quick from 10 to 50 m.p.h.

Immediate accelaration is intoxicating, believe me -- and, if you're like me, it changes your driving behavior. I'll zip in here, past that car over there, take off here, and there, way more often than I ever did in my 1992 Acura Integra, which I owned for 21 years, and which, while not the peppiest of cars, wasn't the un-peppiest of cars either.

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A Nissan LEAF runs completely out of charge


My 2014 Nissan LEAF SV plugged in at a home about 300 meters away from my own home in Aurora., Colo. after it ran out of charge. [Photo by Christof Demont-Heinrich]

editors-blog-entry3I finally pushed it too far with my 2014 Nissan LEAF last night. My SV and me and my two daughters came up 300 meters short of our home, running out of charge just about 50 meters beyond a very dangerous left turn we have to make across three lanes of traffic with cars traveling 55 to 60 m.p.h.

This happened at precisely 12:15 a.m. Denver time. I had to wake up my sleeping kids, pull them out of the car, roll the car backwards down a hill I wasn't going to make it up, and park it on the street.

We then trekked 300 meters home in the chilly January air, and hopped into bed.

Well, I didn't hop into bed, I hopped online and mused over whether I should finally get an Aeroenvironment AV TurbCard 240 Volt portable plug-in EV charger, which can charge my LEAF three times faster than the trickle charge I am using exclusively now.

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