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Published on October 31st, 2015 | by Zachary Shahan

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CleanTechnica Busts Into Electric Car Wilderness

October 31st, 2015 by  


CleanTechnica has long been on the forefront of electric vehicle coverage and analysis, and we have accumulated a large number of EV owners as readers, commenters, and even writers. Now we are going to have first-hand coverage of a segment of the market that few have ventured into. Before clarifying, I think some context is useful…

The largest electric vehicle charging and infrastructure study in the world was recently completed by Idaho National Laboratory in partnership with the Blink Network, ChargePoint, General Motors and OnStar, Nissan North America, and Car2Go. Unsurprisingly, the study found that the vast majority of EV charging is done at home, and another large portion is done at work.

Nissan LEAF Chevy Volt Home Charging LEAF Volt home work charging percentages Charging few locations

Home and work charging are super convenient, but not everyone has those options. What about all the people who have neither? Well, Cynthia Shahan (one of our writers and also my mom) is one such person, and we just got her a Nissan LEAF SL. She will be doing a long-term review of the LEAF here on CleanTechnica, and she will be showing what it’s like living with a LEAF (and no other car) without home or workplace charging. As an acupuncturist as well, she will be driving around quite a bit to give people treatments, so she will put miles on the car.

Nissan LEAF 4

Cynthia’s youngest daughter, and my sister, in front of CleanTechnica‘s new Nissan LEAF SL and two nearly identical siblings.

Nissan LEAF 3 Nissan LEAF 2 Nissan LEAF 1

As you can see, given that most EV charging is done at home and a good portion more is done at work, Cynthia is venturing into the “electric car wilderness” with this vehicle. We planned things out, and it looks not only do-able, but even more enjoyable than living with a fossil fuel car that needs to fill up at the gas station. Furthermore, there’s a good bit of free Level 2 charging in the city, so she may even end up saving much more on “fuel” than she would have with home charging. Hopefully, this long-term review (by a lady approaching retirement age, nonetheless!!) will inspire others to jump on the electric car bandwagon.

On the whole, she will still fall in with the majority of LEAF drivers who just charge via Level 1 and Level 2 charging stations, but not using home or workplace charging is a whole different game.

LEAF charging

Wish Cynthia luck! And keep an eye out for her long series of articles describing and discussing life with a Nissan LEAF and no home or workplace charging (for now, at least).

Image via Idaho National Laboratory


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About the Author

Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.



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