About Cynthia Shahan

Cynthia Shahan is a Mother, an Organic Farmer, Licensed Acupuncturist, Anthropology Studies, and mother of four unconditionally loving spirits, teachers, and environmentally conscious beings who have lit the way for me for decades.



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Cities Are Changing, From A To B With Eli ZERO

February 21st, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Eli ZERO is a coming electric solution for getting around the city. Advertised as "the new A to B," the electric vehicle (EV) is a stylistic offering similar to the Renault Twizy, very similar. However, it also has some clear improvements over the Twizy. The creators see the Eli ZERO as a solution to agile movement around town (and parking in small spaces). The question is, "Is there room for it on the market?"


Margot Robbie & Nissan’s All-Electric BladeGlider In Monaco Grand Prix

February 21st, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

I believe I'll take a look at more of actress Margot Robbie's films after this fresh, nearly 2 minute mini movie from Nissan. I'm impressed. Robbie impresses with her decision to be Nissan’s new electric vehicle (EV) ambassador. She impresses with her faux spontaneous racing of the carmaker’s radical all-electric race car, the Nissan BladeGlider. She impresses with her inviting smile. It's particularly nice to see this glossy take of her whizzing confidently and comfortably around the world-famous Monaco Grand Prix circuit at midnight


EV Advocacy & More Efficient Driving Via Uber & Lyft — A Cultural Intersection (Part 3)

February 17th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

As a part-time Uber driver, I have come to realize two notable clean transportation benefits it offers. First is that it offers a nice window for broader electric vehicle (EV) education and advocacy — if the driver is an EV driver. Additionally, Uber itself teaches drivers to drive more efficiently (specifically, this is in order to provide a better ride for passengers, but the positive environmental effect is there nonetheless)


Sarasota Unveils New EV Charging Incentives For Businesses & Nonprofits — Act Quickly

February 15th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Sarasota County's productivity and sustainability are alive and well. Thank you, Sustainable Sarasota, for the most recent initiatives promoting fresh air and planetary well-being. Sarasota's newest program is “ChargeUP” — an Electric Vehicle Charging Station rebate program. This program provides rebates to certain types of businesses within Sarasota County to buy and install EV charging stations


Shell Stations In UK & The Netherlands Will Add EV Charging Stalls

February 14th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Sometimes, it's a good thing to change your spots. Shell is doing a bit of that. Shell is not a name I think of at all in terms of clean air infrastructure. More often, I reflect on the problems of the oil company in places it should not be — rainforests, the Arctic, etc. Changing its spots, Shell is offering a new face with a clean air emphasis. Shell is planning a second choice in how it fuels up cars, and it is a good thing for once. Northern Europe will see the beginning of the change. Some Shell stations in UK and Netherlands will reportedly be adding EV charging stations later this year


Lyft vs Uber — What Are The Differences For Drivers? (Part 2: $$$ + Electric Range Issues & Support)

February 10th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

I am a part-time driver for Uber and Lyft and rather new to both. I'm also not a normal driver since I drive an all-electric Nissan LEAF that gets 85 to 100 miles on a full charge around town. All information does not fall out the same in this post as it might for full-time or long-time drivers at both or either company. Earnings ability varies, I suspect quite a bit based on location. It seems obvious that dense metropolitan areas offer more constants and the possibility of higher earnings (but also a higher cost of living). In simple terms,


Renault-Nissan Alliance Extends Electric Vehicle Sales Record

February 9th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

The Renault-Nissan Alliance has announced that it has stayed at the top of the EV charts globally, especially with Mitsubishi Motors now in the fold. "The Renault-Nissan Alliance, with Mitsubishi Motors, cumulatively sold 424,797 electric vehicles through 2016, making it the undisputed leader in zero-emission mobility," an announcement stated


A Nissan LEAF Service Check (& Chat)

February 6th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

I recently arrived at a Nissan dealer to get my service check for the Nissan LEAF. What's involved with the all-electric Nissan LEAF servicing (approximately 1 year and 3 months after getting the car)


Vancouver’s World-Renowned & Comfortable Multi-Modal Infrastructure (Film)

February 6th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Infrastructure that supports multi-modal travel makes it possible to live comfortably without a car. Vancouver is perhaps North America’s #1 city in this way. How unusual is the city of Vancouver? Well, for one thing, in the 1960s, Vancouver's citizens refused to allow freeways in the city. That may seem like an obviously smart move today, but it was radical back then


Finding The Elusive Prius Prime (+ Toyota Prius Prime Review)

January 26th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Going into 2017, I wanted to test drive some of the new plug-in hybrids hitting the market. Unfortunately, I found the newest plug-in hybrid EVs (with the exception of the 2017 Chevy Volt) difficult if not impossible to find in my area (in a populous part of Florida, which is ranked 5th for EV sales in the US). After a disappointing call to the Toyota dealership closest to me (no luck), I called around to find that I would have to drive quite a distance to have a first-hand look at a Prius Prime


Nissan, BMW, & EVgo Expand DC Fast Charging Across US

January 26th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

BMW and Nissan have partnered to expand the DC fast charger network across the US. The collaboration benefits all of us, but particularly those of us who are BMW i3 drivers and Nissan Leaf drivers and want better regional and long-distance travel options


False News & Test Driving New Electric Cars In Florida

January 25th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

We hear more about false news these days than in the past — unless you grew up with me. False news has always been around. I was raised by a father who ranted about "Madison Ave" controlling our lives. "Watch out what you read — make sure it's true. Question what you hear. Avoid gossip, it leads to lies." Now, we witness our head of state refusing to answer straightforward questions from reporters and just shouting back that they are "fake news" — a clever way of turning the story on its head after the focus had been on pro-Trump outlets and advisors peddling false news


E-Bikesharing + Carsharing Scheme In UK Is A First

January 22nd, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

For the first time in the UK, you can join a bikeshare that uses electric bikes (e-bikes). With 5 new docking sites across the city of Exeter, bicyclists can easily give an electric bicycle a spin around the city. The city of Exeter has more docking stations planned as well to increase ridership and availability of the self-service bike hire network


Hands-Free — A “Drive” In An Autonomous Car, Carlos Ghosn Shares His Experience

January 14th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

"We started at the beginning. We were seeing something that other people did not see. Now they are seeing it." Carlos Ghosn explains that the Renault-Nissan Alliance has been a leader and continues as a catalyst in advancing autonomous vehicle technology, and it aims to continue that leadership. Enjoy watching Ghosn with his hands-free behind the wheel he does little to nothing with, as he experiences a complex drive in an autonomous drive car


Concerned Latinos & Climate Change

January 14th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

The NRDC recently examined the relationship between work, health, climate, climate health, and Latinos. The report informs that Latinos are supportive of the renewable energy transition (just like almost everyone else), and particularly as a means to better employment and improved health conditions


$324 Million In Economic Stimuli Across Florida Thanks To YgreneWorks PACE

January 9th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

It's nice to relay good news from Florida, especially after clean energy in Florida has been under so many attacks. In a Ygrene Energy Fund press release, the company announced that its YgreneWorks™ PACE (property assessed clean energy) program has created 1,945 jobs in Florida. Those clean jobs generated $324 million in economic stimuli across Florida since 2013. Ygrene expects these results to increase several times over


2017 Chevy Volt vs 2015 Nissan Leaf (Test Drive & Comparison )

December 30th, 2016 | by Cynthia Shahan

Before I committed to the Nissan Leaf, I test drove many EVs with Zach, whose boundless energy for fitting as much as humanly possible into one day pushed me to my limit of test driving. Here is my refreshed comparison of a Volt versus a Leaf — specifically, a 2017 Chevy Volt vs 2015 Nissan Leaf


Pod Point & Fully Charged Talk Past, Present, & Future EV Charging & 100% EVs

December 26th, 2016 | by Cynthia Shahan

Pod Point is a fast-growing UK-based EV charging station company. The company innovates and streamlines "friction-free charging." Robert Llewellyn visited the company's head office and shared his enlightening exchange with Erik Fairbairn, the CEO and founder of the company, in a recent "Fully Charged" show


EV Charging Network Leaders Are …

December 11th, 2016 | by Cynthia Shahan

I still find it hard to believe that I am a "early adopter." Soon, I hope I will not be thinking "Why are there not more EV drivers?" Well, I do thank my lucky stars on this one. Primarily, I thank CleanTechnica.com and EVObsession.com for pointing me to "right drivelihood." But it's not just the cars and social support that make the EV movement. There's an entire "EV ecosystem" in place, and growing



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