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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 21, 2017, 11:37:03 pm »

Motiv Power Systems Deploying 2 All-Electric Garbage Trucks In Los Angeles

October 21st, 2017 by James Ayre


As part of an ongoing demonstration project being funded by the California Energy Commission, Motiv Power Systems will be deploying a further 2 all-electric, zero-emissions garbage trucks in the City of Los Angeles.

This news follows the earlier deployment of California’s first all-electric refuse/garbage vehicle (ERV) in Sacramento.

The trucks headed to Los Angeles will reportedly possess a payload capacity of 9 tons and 1,000 pounds per cubic yard of compaction, and will be outfitted with battery packs of up to 212 kilowatt-hours (kWh)  :o  ;D in size, enough to last through the work day.

Considering the great potential for all-electric garbage trucks when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution reductions — their start-stop operations and heavy weights make them ideal vehicles for regenerative braking — the news is notable. There are perhaps no other operations out there where electric vehicles stand to do so much good as with regard to garbage trucks.

full article:

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 16, 2017, 04:54:33 pm »


TU/e Team Wins World Solar Challenge “Cruiser Class” Solar Car Race For 3rd Time

October 16th, 2017 by James Ayre


The “Cruiser Class” is the division for solar cars that could be practical in the real world — owing to seating capacity, range, etc.

Very impressively, the Eindhoven team’s solar car transported 5 people (for much of the trip) around 3,022 kilometers (1,878 miles) while only using 48 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity. The trip was completed by the team with an average of 3.4 persons per kilometer traveled.

full article:

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 16, 2017, 04:41:20 pm »

Cold-Pressed Juices To Go: Viva Raw's Electric Tuk Tuk Hits the Road

 POSTED BY ETUK BLOG ON OCT 10, 2017 2:57:16 PM

iva Raw is expanding its reach by taking its cold-pressed juices on the road. The company has invested in an electric tuk-tuk — a three-wheeled vehicle used as a taxi in countries such as Thailand — to transport its offerings around town.

It is the only one of its kind in the Carolinas, says Scott Harris, owner. “It gives us a lot more flexibility,” he says.

Viva Raw got its start in October 2011. It currently operates a permanent location at the 7th St. Public Market in uptown Charlotte.

Viva Raw offers a variety of fresh, cold-pressed juices featuring primary ingredients from beets, carrots and citrus.

There’s also options such as the Green Harvest, with cucumber, apple, kale, collard greens, celery, lemon and parsley, or the Almond Bliss, with almond milk, bananas, almond butter, dates, cinnamon and cacao.

Raw foods including granolas and cashew-based cheeses are available as well.

The addition of the tuk-tuk makes it possible to expand its reach, with stops across Charlotte throughout the week. That includes time at The Green in uptown, Skyhouse and Pure Pizza, among others, Harris says.

He says the tuk-tuk has helped increase sales by roughly 15% in its first few months of operation; he’s already considering adding a second one.

It cost roughly half what it would have taken to invest into a second storefront, Harris adds. He declined to share specifics.


“We sell directly to the consumer. That means we have to get pretty creative,” he says.

For Harris, Viva Raw has provided an opportunity to carve out his own business niche in the Queen City.

He started in banking and finance, but found juicing a number of years ago at a friend’s suggestion. The results led him to explore bringing it to Charlotte.

More and more people are making changes to their diet and lifestyle, with juicing becoming more common. Some customers used the products to get an extra serving of fruits and veggies in concentrated form, while others use the products for juice cleanses.

“Little by little, it’s caught on,” he says.

Article was originally posted by Jennifer Thomas  –  Staff Writer, Charlotte Business Journal a year ago.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 15, 2017, 06:33:46 pm »

Gogoro Completes $300 Million Series C Investment Round

September 25th, 2017 by James Ayre

The energy and urban transit focused firm Gogoro has successfully completed a $300 million Series C investment round — which saw involvement of Temasek, Generation Investment Management, Sumitomo Corporation, and ENGIE.

For those unfamiliar with those names, Temasek is an investment outfit based out of Singapore; ENGIE is a France-based energy giant; Sumitomo Corporation is a Japan-based business group that was founded all the way back in 1615 by a bookstore-owning Buddhist priest; and Generation Investment Management is a London-based investment management group founded by Al Gore and David Blood.

This group joins Gogoro’s existing investors, which include Panasonic, Samuel Yin, and others.

As far as those unfamiliar with the name Gogoro itself, its innovative battery swapping network has been deployed in concert with its Smartscooter EV product in Taiwan. Gogoro launched its Smartscooter EV and “Energy Network” in Taipei in 2015 and then across Taiwan. It also grew in Europe (Berlin and Paris) through the Coup e-scooter sharing program.

To date, there have been over 34,000 Gogoro Smartscooter EVs sold worldwide, and more than 400 GoStation battery swapping stations installed. Here are a few more facts:

Nearly 100 million kilometers ridden by customers

17,000 batteries swapped per day (6 million total batteries swapped)

4,135,000 liters of gasoline saved plus 8 million kilograms less CO2 emitted

The CEO of Gogoro, Horace Luke, commented on the news: “One of the greatest challenges of our time is transitioning our cities to a smarter and more sustainable energy and transportation infrastructure. Gogoro provides a new approach for cities to embrace sustainable energy through a smart connected infrastructure and battery swapping system that has demonstrated success across Taiwan and Berlin. New investments from leaders like Temasek and Generation combined with investments from visionary corporations like ENGIE and Sumitomo Corporation are a strong validation of Gogoro’s business and market success.”

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 14, 2017, 02:56:36 pm »

Can Intelligent Charging Infrastructure Handle Millions of EVs?  ???

Full article:

Intelligent EV Charging Startups Shouldn’t Copy The Gas & Utility Business Model October 14th, 2017 by Nicolas Zart
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 10, 2017, 02:31:56 pm »

Electric cars win on energy efficiency vs hydrogen, gasoline, diesel: analysis  ;D

Oct 10, 2017

If you want to drive the absolute cleanest car possible – and if you’re reading this site, we’re willing to wager that you do – then you need to calculate the total well-to-wheels energy use of the car and everything you put into its tank or battery.

When it comes to comparing types of vehicles – hydrogen, standard gasoline and diesel, or battery electric – then a full accounting of the averages reveals that electric cars are the total efficiency winners.    

At least, they are in a new study from the UK-based Transport & Environment.

The results are not even close.

Starting with all renewable energy for either charging or to process the gasoline or hydrogen, all-electric vehicles managing an overall efficiency rating of 73 percent, compared to 22 percent for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, and just 13 percent for standard fossil fuel vehicles using gasoline made with the Fischer Tropsch process.

Of course, there are many details that need to be picked apart here.

For example, T&E says that fossil fuel vehicles lose 70 percent of the energy in their sloshing tanks because of inefficient engines.

That may be a good average, but Toyota made a big point of saying that its latest Prius has a 40 percent thermal efficiency, which means 60 percent energy loss, not 70 percent.

Also, the efficiency rate at which an EV charges also plays a big role in the well-to-wheels efficiency.

Lastly, given T&E’s location, we assume it is basing the numbers in the study on the European electric grid and European MPG figures. Oddly, we can’t find the original T&E report to confirm this guess, but if you do, please let is know in the comments.

DON'T MISS: Two words the Trump Administration can't say: climate change

UK's Transport & Environment says that electric cars are the most efficient.

Of course, any study like this is not necessarily applicable to your personal situation.

As we discussed when we looked at similar comparisons of EVs and hybrids in the U.S., there are a lot of regional differences – to say nothing of the variations in your specific vehicle.

Given all those minor and major variables, in some rare cases (i.e., for three percent of U.S. drivers), driving an electric vehicle is not the most efficient option.

Even so, when you look at the averages, you’re most likely going to be better off plugging in  than gassing up.    If anyone says otherwise, ask them to show you the math.

— Sebastian Blanco


Agelbert NOTE: Fossil Fuel Industry reaction to the above study:


Agelbert reaction to the above study:

The issue stopped being "energy efficiency" around 1970. That is around the time that human civilization GUARANTEED MORE than 1.5 degrees centigrade of baked in Global Warming. IOW, AFTER THAT, we entered the existential threat territory.

This is a war for survival. No country, when they are in a WAR FOR SURVIVAL, says they must surrender to the enemy because the machines they need to build to SURVIVE are not efficient enough. Business as usual is a stupid, irrational and totally unnecessary surrender to the Climate Change enemy of the biosphere in general, and our species in particular.

Most fossil fuelers and/or doomers have made up all sorts of magical thinking fairy tales about "supply and demand", collapse from "peak this, that and the other" which will "make the environment hunky jake again" and other amazing bits of pretzel logic.

They are off their rockers. We transition out of polluting fuels or we will perish, PERIOD. 

These videos briefly (VERY briefly) explain what fossil fuelers  and many doomers    are in brain dead denial of in regard to the irrefutable facts about WHAT CAUSES Climate Change and the consequent degradation of our biosphere:

How do Greehouse Gases REALLY work?

A demonstration of carbon dioxide absorption of infrared radiation by Iain Stewart, Professor of Geoscience Communication at the University of Plymouth:

The animation from Rasmus Benestad‘s article about his new paper at RealClimate:

Agelbert NOTE: In the next video, Physics Professor Ray Pierrehumbert explains WHY the atmospheric expansion portrayed above (Adiabatic Lapse Rate - i.e. temperature decrease per kilometer of elevation is radically altered causing the surface average temperature to radically rise) in the gif is so great with a tiny amount in parts per million of Greenhouse gases.

An explanation of the greenhouse effect by  Ray Pierrehumbert, current Halley Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford, in both text:Infrared radiation and planetary temperatureand video:

Read more: 


The San Francsico area TODAY (October 10, 2017) is even HIGHER than the above at 502 PPM CO2!https://earth.nullschool.net/#current/chem/surface/level/overlay=co2sc/orthographic=-115.52,37.59,1092/loc=-122.660,38.427

The Fossil Fuelers DID THE Clean Energy  Inventions suppressing, Climate Trashing, human health depleting CRIME,   but since they have ALWAYS BEEN liars and conscience free crooks, they are trying to AVOID   DOING THE TIME or     PAYING THE FINE!     Don't let them get away with it! Pass it on!   
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 06, 2017, 09:42:47 pm »

This stunning statement from General Motors will keep Big Oil    up at night GM, Ford, and China strongly embrace electric cars, signaling trouble for Big Oil.


OCT 5, 2017, 8:00 AM


“General Motors believes in an all-electric future ,” Mark Reuss, GM’s head of global product development, announced in a corporate press release Monday.

Read more:


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 05, 2017, 12:59:09 pm »

Nissan LEAF Replacement Battery Cost = $5,499

October 4th, 2017 by Steve Hanley

This story about the cost of replacement battery for a Nissan LEAF was first published by Gas2.

When modern electric cars first appeared on the scene circa 2010, lots of people asked, “How much does it cost to replace the battery?” Nissan has given a definitive answer to that question, but not many people are aware of this. If you own a 2011 to 2015 Nissan LEAF, replacing the battery will cost you exactly $5,499, plus installation, which the company estimates will take about 3 hours. Owners of 2011 and 2012 cars must also add $225 for a special adapter kit to retrofit the new battery to their cars.

Nissan Leaf Electric Motor and Battery Location

Hey, that’s not too bad, is it? After all, take your Belchfire 5000 to your local dealer and ask them how much it will cost to replace the internal combustion engine if it throws a rod and pukes oil all over itself. You would be lucky to get a new engine for a paltry $5,500.

There are a couple of stipulations you should be aware of. First, you must own the car that is having the battery replaced. Second, if you have a loan outstanding on the car, you will need to get the lender’s approval for the swap. Third, the original battery goes back to Nissan for recycling or use in a grid storage system. You can’t keep it and use it as a coffee table in your living room. Nissan assigns the old battery a value of $1,000.

You can finance the purchase of the new battery through Nissan if you wish. The company says to figure on a monthly payment of around $100. Once the new battery is paid for, you own it. It is not a lease or a rental arrangement. The replacement battery will have the benefit of all the latest improvements, including cooling upgrades. The new battery is what Nissan calls its “lizard battery,” meaning it is not as susceptible to early degradation if used in a hot climate.

The warranty on the new battery is the same as it is in a brand new LEAF — 8 years/100,000 miles against defects and 5 years/60,000 miles against capacity loss. “These replacement batteries are the same battery found in 2015 LEAF vehicles, which are also on sale now at Nissan dealers. As a replacement, this battery is expected to provide similar range and charging characteristics as the battery offered since the launch of the LEAF in 2010,” Nissan says.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 04, 2017, 09:28:12 pm »

Used electric vehicles now sell 27% faster than their gasoline-powered counterparts, making them the fastest selling used cars in the US. (CNBC, Reuters)

Do you have any idea how much the cost of battery replacement costs ? I'm asking here ....

I've seen used fleet cars websites where you can pick up a Prius '12 & '13 model years for between 12 & 15k.
I haven't seen any leafs for sale there as of yet.

Companies like Coke, Budweiser or utility company cars are usually a good deal. Under 100k miles & gently driven.

I've been checking around and they sell them in junk yards from wrecked Leafs and even E-Bay is getting in on the act. Here's a video of a guy that bought a leaf battery pack in a junk yard and took it apart to use some of cells in his E-Scooter (and sell the rest  ;D). It seems you can buy the cells and build your own battery pack. I saw them for sale at a web site (see below after the video).

AZ, here's a warnng note, however. Arizona is a bit of a problem for Leafs because it gets so hot down there. People need to be very careful to NOT allow the charge to go below 30% OR ABOVE 80% or the battery pack can degrade up to 40% by the time you are at the 30,000 miles mark.  That said, if the battery pack is taken care of properly, you can easily get only 20% degradation at the 100,000 mile mark. 

Nissan Leaf Electric Motor and Battery Location

Taking apart a Nissan LEAF battery pack, part 1


BenjaminNelson Published on Mar 22, 2015

I start taking apart the Nissan LEAF battery pack, removing the cover and beginning to disassemble the blocks of cell modules

Taking apart a Nissan LEAF battery pack, part 2

BenjaminNelson Published on Mar 22, 2015


I get into the guts of the Nissan LEAF battery pack and disassemble and remove all the cell modules.

Agelbert NOTE: This outfit sells DIY battery cells and packs. They make it clear that you have to know what you are doing. Not only are the rather high voltages you are playing around with not for the feint of heart, but you have to make absolutely sure you "marry" the battery pack to an adequate BMS (battery management system). The BMS is what is going to keep your battery pack happy and provide you with the most range.  8)
Happy hunting!

EV Battery Center
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 04, 2017, 07:10:00 pm »


Used electric vehicles now sell 27% faster than their gasoline-powered counterparts, making them the fastest selling used cars in the US. (CNBC, Reuters)

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 03, 2017, 08:22:54 pm »

Ford creates team to ramp up electric vehicle development

OCTOBER 2, 2017 / 11:37 AM /

Paul Lienert


(Reuters) - Ford Motor Co has formed a team to accelerate global development of electric vehicles, whose mission will be to “think big” and “make quicker decisions,” an executive of the company said on Monday.

Read more:


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 03, 2017, 08:19:25 pm »

Twenty new electric vehicles are on the way, GM says

There will be a mix of long-range battery EVs and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
JONATHAN M. GITLIN - 10/2/2017, 12:17 PM

DETROIT—General Motors is the latest car company to unveil plans for an emissions-free future. On Monday morning, the US' largest automaker announced that the next 18 months will see two new electric vehicles join the Bolt EV in showrooms, and 18 more are due by 2023. "GM believes in an all-electric future and a world free of automotive emissions," said Mark Reuss, GM's executive VP for product development, purchasing, and supply chain. "When the Bolt EV was announced at CES it was described as a platform, and this is the next step."

The announcement took place at GM's Design Dome, site of many a new product reveal. As you'll see from the photo above, there were a number of cars hidden by dust sheets. We were given a sneak peek at three of these—a conventional-looking midsize crossover and two more futuristic vehicles, including something that looked like a driverless pod—but sadly photography was not allowed, and no one took the wraps off what looked like either a Corvette or Camaro variant.

As has been the case with other electrification roadmaps, concrete details were thin on the ground at GM's Warren Technical Center this morning. We do know a few specifics, however. For example, unlike other automakers, GM isn't counting plug-in hybrids like the Volt or 48v "mild hybrids" among that number. But we don't know how those EVs will split across GM's various brands or whether some will only be for specific regions.

"We know we need more EVs to stimulate greater acceptance of electric mobility," said Executive Chief Engineer of Autonomous & Electrified Vehicles and New Technology Pam Fletcher. But the company knows that just having electric cars isn't enough; you need somewhere to charge them. "We're not a believer in walling off charger infrastructure," she said, a subtle dig at EV rival Tesla and its proprietary Supercharger network. "There are currently 1,100 SAE DC Fast charging locations in the US, a 42-percent increase in the last 12 months."

GM says it's committed to rolling out more using data gathered from its Maven car-sharing network to help decide locations, but the company would not go into more details this morning.

Hydrogen is happening?

Many of these cars will be built on an evolution of the Bolt's architecture using a second-generation battery pack. But they won't just be battery EVs—GM's electric future will involve hydrogen fuel cells. "We need to meet customer needs, whether that's the school run, a fun summer drive, or towing 1,000s of lbs. It can't be a one-size-fits-all approach," Reuss said.

GM and Honda have been collaborating on hydrogen fuel cell technology since 2013, and more recently the US Army has been testing a hydrogen-powered Chevrolet Colorado truck. "Now we're taking the technology to launch," said Charlie Freese, GM's executive director of fuel cell business, citing commercial and military applications as the initial goal. The fuel cells will be built at its Brownstown plant, which also makes the batteries in the Bolt and Volt.

While in Detroit today, we were also shown a fuel cell EV concept called the SURUS (Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure). It's a driverless vehicle based on a heavy-duty truck with roughly the same length and width as a shipping container, but again we can't show you what it looks like yet. Notably, Freese did say that GM wants to bring fuel cells to market—including a retail version—within the next five years.

Jonathan is the automotive editor at Ars Technica, covering all things car-related. Jonathan lives and works in Washington, D.C.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 02, 2017, 05:06:39 pm »


Renault Zoe Review — Road Trip Madeira 2017


October 2nd, 2017 by Jose Pontes

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 02, 2017, 02:48:48 pm »

India’s Government To Purchase 10,000 EVs From Tata Motors 

September 30th, 2017 by James Ayre


The government of India has agreed to purchase 10,000 new electric vehicles from India’s Tata Motors as part of a bid to replace the diesel- and petrol/gas-powered cars currently used by government agencies there, a public statement has revealed.

This purchase agreement will play out over the next 3 to 4 years, according to the government statement.

It should be remembered here that India’s government is massive. As it stands, there are more than 500,000 vehicles in use by various government agencies in the country. So, while the purchase of 10,000 electric vehicles (EVs) is certainly nice, there’s still quite a lot more to be done. If the country’s substantial and growing air pollution problems are going to be dealt with, the government should be coming out with much bigger announcements soon.

Full article:

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 02, 2017, 01:48:51 pm »

Electric Vehicles Report: Part 1 — Electric Vehicles Are Going Mainstream

October 2nd, 2017 by John Farrell

The following is an excerpt of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s Choosing the Electric Avenue: Unlocking Savings, Emissions Reductions, and Community Benefits of Electric Vehicles report. We’ll be republishing the full report in order to bring more attention to the changing landscape of electric vehicles

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 30, 2017, 09:26:39 pm »

Nissan LEAF AT-EV, The 1st Electric Car To Finish The Grueling 8,000-Mile Route Mongol Rally
September 30th, 2017 by Cynthia Shahan

GREAT article:

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 28, 2017, 02:39:02 pm »

California Considering Internal Combustion Engine Ban 

September 27th, 2017 by Steve Hanley

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 27, 2017, 05:32:13 pm »

Top Mining Firm: 2017 Is “Tipping Point” For EVs

September 27th, 2017 by James Ayre


An exec of one the top mining firms in the world, BHP, was quoted on Tuesday as saying that 2017 represented the “tipping point” for electric vehicle adoption.

That exec — chief commercial officer Arnoud Balhuizen — argued that the first impacts of the expected mainstream embrace of electric vehicles would be observed in the metals market, with impacts to the oil market only being observed much later.

Notably, Balhuizen identified copper as the metal that would be most/first impacted — as most of the world’s copper mines are faltering in output and there have been no large discoveries in over two decades now. As a result, the BHP exec argued that supply will struggle to keep up with demand.

“In September 2016 we published a blog and we set the question — could 2017 be the year of the electric vehicle revolution?” commented Balhuizen. “The answer is yes … 2017 is the revolution year we have been speaking about. And copper is the metal of the future.”

Copper rods

Though, he also noted: “The reality is a mid-sized electric vehicle still needs subsidies to compete … so a lot will depend on batteries, on policy, on infrastructure.

Reuters provides more:    

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 24, 2017, 05:22:13 pm »

Electric Motorhome Powered By Solar Panels & A Battery
September 24th, 2017 by Cynthia Shahan


Move over, tiny house, and take notes. German-based motorhome manufacturer Dethleffs recent e.home, an electric motorhome concept, is solar-paneled, clean battery-powered, comfortable, and bright. How about that for a sustainably sensible option for the camping family or the retired couple with wanderlust and a conscience. It’s a beauty. The e.home is covered in 334 square feet of solar panels and has an estimated range of about 103 miles when fully equipped.

Until this choice, motorhome camping travelers were limited to tents or dependant on fossil fuels in choosing a motorhome. Well, this is still just a concept, but Dethleffs is looking to change that.


“The Dethleffs e.home also maximizes efficiency by using phase-change materials to absorb heat and release it throughout the day as ambient temperatures fluctuate. Infrared panels throughout the inside of the vehicle also provide a comfortable, warm atmosphere.”

So, take your time and travel the greener way. It is doable and offers lots of walking or hiking while you charge — or leisurely artist pursuits inside. Catch up on all the books you want to read. “The battery pack lasts for approximately 1,500 charges — about 250,000 kilometers (155,000 miles ) — before needing replacement. The e-home supports both level 2 and DC fast-charging, and the solar panels provide 3 kilowatts of supplementary battery-charging electricity.”

Every vehicle on the road needs to be electric or hybrid electric to lessen air pollution (pollution which causes deaths , illnesses, etc.) And there are more reasons to protect our planet’s environment, as well. Large vehicles such as motorhomes, semi trucks, yachts, electric buses, tugboats, and trains need to move over to clean electricity as much as (or more than) other vehicles, to help the planet breathe.

Full article:


Agelbert NOTE: Check out all the links when you have the time. There is a wealth of information there about the practical feasability of totally eliminating the use of fossil fuels for internal combustion engine powered transportation. We will still need lubricants, but since they are not burned, we can use them sustainably in our macines. That may be the only viable future function of oil refinery production IF our future is one where human civilization survives.

"The fossil fuel industry swallows up $5.3 trillion a year worldwide in hidden costs to keep burning fossil fuels, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
This money, the IMF noted, is in addition to the $492 billion in direct subsidies offered by governments around the world through write-offs and write-downs and land-use loopholes.

In a sane world these subsidies would be invested to free us from the deadly effects of carbon emissions caused by fossil fuels, but we do not live in a sane world. "  -- Chris Hedges

"The damage suffered by Houston, Tampa and Miami is not an anomaly. It is the beginning of the end. Ask not for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee." - Chris Hedges


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 23, 2017, 05:05:41 pm »

Nissan Leaf Electric Motor and Battery Location

Taking apart a Nissan LEAF battery pack, part 1


BenjaminNelson Published on Mar 22, 2015

I start taking apart the Nissan LEAF battery pack, removing the cover and beginning to disassemble the blocks of cell modules

Taking apart a Nissan LEAF battery pack, part 2

BenjaminNelson Published on Mar 22, 2015


I get into the guts of the Nissan LEAF battery pack and disassemble and remove all the cell modules.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 15, 2017, 09:08:10 pm »

Why one guy bought a 2017 Nissan Leaf electric car: it was a great deal

 Sean Szymkowski

Sep 15, 2017


The deals, incentives, and rebates currently available on the 2017 Nissan Leaf are generous and well documented.

A handful of utility companies across the United States have offered generous discounts, likely backed by Nissan itself, to move the current-generation Leaf from dealerships to driveways.

All of this has occurred as the 2018 Nissan Leaf prepares to launch early next year in North America.

Full article:


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 15, 2017, 02:32:06 pm »

Irma Reflections — Charging My Nissan LEAF After Mother Nature Aimed & Hit Two Trump States

September 15th, 2017 by Cynthia Shahan


I’ll stick to the subject of electric vehicles. It’s not good to mention climate change unless the Trump supporter is tired out from boarding the house with storm shutters (and wondering if they will have a roof soon). Warm waters = larger storms, hurricanes, monsoons. This costs lives, homes, and billions if not trillions of dollars of economic damage. Being “pro life” and “pro fossil fuels” doesn’t make sense it’s an emotional oxymoron.  

The day before Irma — plenty of chargers available.


RamboSTiTCH • 9 hours ago
I enjoyed the writing style, very artistic feel, made it sound more personal... like a diary.

cynthia Irene RamboSTiTCH • 8 hours ago
Thank you. We all enjoy different approaches. I do just ramble on a bit much..

agelbert cynthia Irene • 7 hours ago
Great Article!

I'm looking at a Leaf lease or purchase and am studying the ownwer's manual. It seems that the ideal battery state is between 30% and 80% in order to make it last as long as possible. Also, that slow charging is better for the longevity than fast charging. I am retired, so I will never even need a level two type of charging, never mind a fast charge level 3.

My question for you is, do you start the air conditioner a few minutes before getting into the car (while the power cable is still connected to the house so as not to use battery power)?

Can you do that without a cell phone from an internet connected PC? I don't have a cell phone.

I live in Vermont so I would consider doing this in winter for heating (also for battery heating when the temp goes below -1F as the manual states) and every now and then in summer.

Also, can you make the charger stop at 80% or are you just limited to a certain amount of time? Since I rarely drive more than 8 or ten miles in any given day (several days can go by without any driving), I want the car kept between 30% and 80% battery state most of the time.

I appreciate your advice.

Omega Centauri  agelbert • in 11 minutes
I keep my wife's Leaf in that range. A little bit of mental arithmetic and I have the desired charging time. For level 2, I figure and 1.7KWhours for ten percent, which is about 16minutes.

Omega Centauri
• in an hour
Thank you!
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 14, 2017, 06:52:49 pm »

In Depth - 2018 Nissan Leaf

Published on Sep 11, 2017

Welcome back for another episode of In Depth! In this episode, we talk about the new 2018 Nissan Leaf! Please remember to like, and subscribe if you haven't already. Also, please consider supporting us on Patreon - every dollar helps us to put on better shows. Thanks for watching! Now You Know.

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 14, 2017, 06:40:25 pm »

2018 Nissan LEAF Factory Assembly Plant

Published on Sep 5, 2017

2018 LEAF EV features all-new design and improved driving range1

Starting price2 announced at $29,990 – $690 below current 2017 LEAF starting MSRP

New aerodynamic exterior design follows Nissan's signature design language; roomy "cool tech" interior offers advanced telematics systems

Advanced Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology includes ProPILOT™ Assist, e-Pedal and Safety Shield technologies

U.S. on-sale date set for early 2018, available at launch in all 50 states
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 14, 2017, 06:34:47 pm »

2017 IonIQ EV Versus 2017 Focus EV
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« on: September 14, 2017, 06:21:58 pm »

2017 Leaf EV Versus 2017 Focus EV

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« on: September 13, 2017, 06:11:39 pm »

September 13, 2017

China to ban sale of gas vehicles

China plans to end sales of gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles, a move that follows similar announcements by the UK, France and others phasing out combustion-engine automobiles

The world’s second-largest economy had pledged to cap its carbon emissions by 2030, and its looming ban on gas and diesel vehicles will prompt automakers around the world to boost their lineups of electric vehicles. China may implement the ban later than 2040, leaving lots of time for automakers to prepare. (Bloomberg)


Agelbert NOTE: Expect the fossil fuel bought and paid for TOOL in the White House to make more bellicose noises about China. The fossil fuelers   are NOT happy campers about the EV writing on the wall. Cornered animals are nothing compared to a conrnered profit over people and planet polluting MONSTER like the Fossil Fuel Industry.

This will get ugly.  :( Let us hope the Trump fossil fuel front man doesn't go to war with China over this using some baloney pretext.

The Fossil Fuelers ARE going down. The question is whether they take the rest of us with them or not.   
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 13, 2017, 05:53:02 pm »

Quote of the Week 

"The transformation in our industry is unstoppable. And we will lead that transformation.” -- Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller on the automaker’s plans to build electric versions of all 300 models in its 12 brands (Bloomberg)

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 13, 2017, 12:32:21 pm »


“World’s Largest Charging Station” To Open In 2018 In Germany

September 13th, 2017 by James Ayre

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 11, 2017, 01:04:47 pm »

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Review

(CleanTechnica Exclusive)

September 9th, 2017 by Kyle Field

All electric range: 124 miles
MPGe: 136 average: 150 city / 122 highway
On-board charging speed: 6.6 kW J1772 – Level 1&2,
Motor power: 118 horsepower | 88 kW
Torque: 218 lb-ft
Battery capacity: 28 kWh
Battery type: Lithium-ion polymer battery
Base price: $29,500 USD



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