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Ollie’s Electric Car Pledge and Our Move to an EV

November 25, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

It worked. Ollie Danner’s Electric Car Pledge and his organizational skills are the reason we’re now driving an EV or Electric Vehicle. It wasn’t a direct route of course. And just signing his...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

US Air Force Unveils World’s Largest Electric Vehicle-to-Grid Fleet

November 14, 2014,   by Elisa Wood

The Los Angeles Air Force Base in California (LAAFB) has acquired 42 plug-in electric vehicles (PHEVs), the most the military has ever assembled in one place. The cars, trucks, vans and a bus will be...

Category: Electric Vehicles

The Economic Impact of Electric Vehicle Adoption in Ontario

September 23, 2014,   by Brent Kopperson

Not only do Electric Vehicles provide many environmental, health, energy, and cost saving advantages... EVs also have the potential to provide many economic, technological, and labour market gains in...

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NYT: Coal Fades, So Electrics Get Cleaner

September 19, 2014,   by PAUL STENQUIST

The group says that the average battery-powered E.V. sold over the past year used 0.33 kilowatt-hours per mile, a 5 percent improvement over the 2011 data that was basis for the original report. Some...

Category: Electric Vehicles

How do EVs Compare with Gas-Powered Vehicles? Better Every Year….

September 16, 2014,   by Don Anair

No matter where you live in the U.S., an EV has lower global warming emissions than the average new compact car, which gets approximately 28 miles per gallon. Emission from EVs are poised for even...

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Canadian Take on Owning a Nissan Leaf

September 2, 2014,   by Steve Lapp

I watched the used car ads for about a year and followed the Canadian Leaf Facebook group and eventually this past spring found a slightly used Leaf for just over $20k. The car was in almost new...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Car Notes: Update on Leaf Ownership after a 6-Week Absence

August 28, 2014,   by Ben Zuckerman

My wife and I recently rented a standard (manual) shift car to drive around Ireland for a week. For decades I drove and was a fan of standard shift cars. I was saddened to leave these when nearly 11...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Energy Insight: Electric Car Pledge - Making A Difference

August 28, 2014,   by Ollie Danne

All we can do is work to improve the quality of living for people, not only here but everywhere, and be willing to help future generations. We're not going to change the world, but if everybody just...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Oasis in a Charging Desert—Independence, California

August 7, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

The Owens Valley is a desert. A beautiful desert at the base of the rugged Sierra Nevada, but a desert nonetheless. There are few towns, few people, and even fewer services. So it was more than a...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Car Show in Bakersfield CA

July 20, 2014,   by Ollie Danner

The EV Show and Meet-Up was organized so Bakersfield residents were able to see and touch electric cars which are available right now. Electric cars sold per capita in the US are lowest within the...

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Electric Car Pledge

March 6, 2014,   by Ollie Danner

Take the Electric Car Pledge with these electric cars being made today. Electric cars include PHEV - Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicles and EV - Electric Vehicles.

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Bakersfield Californian: An electrifying idea: Take the Pledge

March 6, 2014,   by Steve Levin

The Bakersfield founder of electriccarpledge.com wants you to take the pledge if you support electric vehicles, plan to buy one in your lifetime or own one now.

Category: Electric Vehicles

A Year and a Half With a Nissan Leaf (Part 1): The Acquisition

August 6, 2013,   by Sam Koblenski

While researching the new car market, I learned that the Nissan Leaf was the first fully-electric car available that didn't cost a fortune. It was still pretty pricey, but with the government rebate,...

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Deborah Petersen: My husband's electric car, week 1

January 21, 2013,   by Deborah Petersen

Want to know where to find charging stations, how to build one at home, where to apply for electric car rebates? I will be blogging about our car adventures at...

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Electric Car Notes by Ben Zuckerman: 18 Month Service

November 13, 2012,   by Ben Zuckerman

The LEAF is a car one "fills up" at home rather than at a gas station. A few days ago I took my LEAF (to Miller Nissan in the San Fernando Valley part of Los Angeles) for a standard 1.5 year...[more]

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Electric Car Notes by Ben Zuckerman: A Nissan LEAF EV After 18 Months

October 29, 2012,   by Ben Zuckerman

  I'm in Hawaii now but two weeks from now I'll be taking the car in for its 1.5 year service check up. The first two check-ups cost me zero $$. I love the feeling of driving knowing that there is...[more]

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Chris Bagdikian's Take on the Chevy Volt--I Love it

July 16, 2012,   by Chris Bagdikian

For Paul Gipe, a casual acquaintance from years past, his first opinion of the Chevrolet Volt was that ugliness is skin deep - it looks like the Chevy Cruze, which he does not like. . . [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

George Shultz on energy & electric vehicles: It's personal

July 12, 2012,  

My solar panels have long since paid for themselves by the savings in electricity costs. I have my electric car running on electricity from the sun, which costs me nothing and there is plenty of it...

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Electric Car Notes by Ben Zuckerman: A Nissan LEAF EV, one year on

May 31, 2012,   by Ben Zuckerman

Our LEAF EV is now one year old. The standard one-year service visit cost us zero dollars; no oil change, no anything. Nissan suggests changing out a passenger cabin air filter after a year, but...[more]

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Electric Car Notes 07 by Mike Brigham: Chevy Volt October 2012 Update

January 2, 2012,   by Mike Brigham

The lifetime fuel economy is 3.1 l/100k which compares very favourably with my 2010 Prius, which used to consume 4.8l/100k. . . [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Car Notes 06 by Mike Brigham: Early Volt Feedback

December 10, 2011,   by Mike Brigham

EV range: about 55kms under the present weather conditions and the earliest Canadian users are reporting about an 8-15km drop in EV range due to cooler weather now Fuel consumption on continuous...[more]

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Electric Car Notes by Paul Gipe 05: Chevy Volt Test Drive

August 10, 2011,   by Paul Gipe

Tuesday I drove a Chevy Volt through the wind farms of the Tehachapi Pass. This was part of an interview and photo shoot by Automobile Magazine about the Chevy Volt and the potential role renewable...[more]

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Electric Car Notes by Ben Zuckerman 04: Miles per kWh

July 19, 2011,   by Ben Zuckerman

  In my first EV posting back in May, I guesstimated that when driven carefully a Nissan LEAF should be able to travel about 4 miles per kWh. We have now had our LEAF for a bit over two months and,...[more]

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Electric Car Notes by Ben Zuckerman 03: Spare Tire?

July 1, 2011,   by Ben Zuckerman

  Should your LEAF have a flat tire, then getting somewhere to have the problem fixed may not be as easy as with your previous cars. To save weight and space, some new cars, including the LEAF, no...[more]

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Electric Car Notes by Ben Zuckerman 02

June 13, 2011,   by Ben Zuckerman

We have now had our Nissan LEAF EV for a month and things are going smoothly. Everyone we have taken for a test drive has nice things to say about the car. The LEAF does not have a tailpipe. So, it...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Car Notes by Ben Zuckerman 01

May 25, 2011,   by Ben Zuckerman

    Note: This is the first of a series of guest posts on electric vehicles--EVs. I've written about the potential of EVs in my books since 1995. As part of my work with renewable energy I've...[more]

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One Million Megawatts of Wind Capacity for the USA: A Target Worthy of a Great Nation

January 10, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

Portion of a presentation made January 10, 2008 to Al Gore's Solutions Summit To significantly address the United State's contribution to climate change and to prepare for the diminishing supply of...[more]

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