Nissan will unveil its vision of a high-performance wireless charging system for electric vehicles at next year’s Geneva motor show.The system – called ‘Fuel Station of the Future’ – is previewed in a video clip in which a Nissan Leaf pulls up to a kerb and automatically begins recharging via a device mounted in the road underneath the car.
As we celebrate Earth Day with gasoline prices rising again, you might want to consider whether an electric car could work for you.
All-electric cars like the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Spark or Honda Fit EV cost less than many people think, says auto analyst Tara Baukus Mello of the financial web site Bankrate.com. And electrics can even save substantial money in the right circumstances, she notes.
The all-electric 2013 Nissan Leaf is not for everyone. I say that as the happy owner of a Leaf for almost two years now. Powered purely by electricity, the Leaf offers a real-world driving range of about 120 kilometres, with no gasoline backup, so it’s likely not for you if you need to travel farther than that on a regular basis.
An incident blew up in the media this week, in which a Georgia owner of an electric car was arrested, after he plugged in his Nissan Leaf at a DeKalb County middle school without permission.
Except, unable to resist a good spin, journalists glommed on to the sympathetic portrayal of the Leaf owner’s seeming inconsequential crime: He only stole a nickel’s worth of electricity. If you didn’t dig very far into the story, you’d see the portrayal of driver Kaveh Kamooneh victimized by a cold, unyielding police officer in the Atlanta suburb of Chamblee. Worse, the officer’s boss, Sergeant Ernesto Ford, said, “I’m not sure how much electricity he stole. He broke the law. He stole something that wasn’t his.”
Eight city residents are set to get a Nissan Leaf electric car and controllable at-home charging points as part of a Thinking Energy trial.
The trial, run by E.ON and Milton Keynes Council to develop ways to manage energy use in the home.
The latest part of the trial will see developers look to understand more about when and how electric cars are charged by their owners, and to what extent solar panels and batteries can help reduce the need for electricity from the grid – ultimately make driving electric cars extremely economical or even potentially free in the longer term.
PSEG’s 13-plug-in stations make corporate facility largest site for charging electric vehicles in NJ
Michael Cassella (left) and Jimin Liu, both of PSEG Services. Liu’s car is an all-electric Nissan Leaf.
Talk about early adopters. Abe Gurjal, an IT specialist at PSEG Services in Newark, commutes to work from his home in Watchung in his Chevy Volt electric vehicle, a routine he has followed for nearly two years.
WORKERS in Kidlington test drove electric cars as part of a new scheme to check how the vehicles will have an impact on the National Grid.
My Electric Avenue is now looking for 10 groups, or ‘clusters’, with a minimum of 10 people each to drive an electric vehicle for 18 months.
One of the first business clusters is set to be Drayson Racing Technologies, in Kidlington, where a trial took place using Nissan Leaf electric cars.
Nissan is revisiting an old technology to cater for a brand new one.
The Japanese car maker is scaling up its existing IBM mainframe computer to act as the backend for an online portal that connects with its Leaf electric vehicle’s smart technology.
Leaf’s smarts allow drivers to use an iOS or Android smartphone application or a website to access in-depth information about the car – such as battery status, recharging station locations, and navigation functions – and also remotely control in-car cooling or heating. Although much of this functionality is available in-car without the need for external websites, the portal offers different metrics that can be analysed and improved over time.
New York City on Monday added six Nissan Leaf electric cars to its official taxi fleet for a year-long pilot program that will determine whether an all-electric cab makes sense in the Big Apple.
Nissan donated a half dozen of the zero emission cars to the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), which will study whether electric vehicles can survive on the streets of Manhattan.
Electric vehicles are slowly catching on. Now, if only car charging stations could keep up. About 200,000 EVs, including plug-in hybrids, travel the world’s roads these days—almost half of them in the U.S. The best-selling model on the market, the Nissan Leaf, has a range of about 75 miles.