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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Nissan’s Electric Vehicles — Resilient Power & Mobile Emergency Backup

March 26th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

I like the breeze off the Gulf of Mexico, but it's sometimes too strong — the summer hurricane season is upon us, and who knows what's around the corner? Those essential services we typically take for granted can stop quickly, and then be gone for hours or even days. The dark is nice for a change, but the food might spoil. No lights, no electricity, no cooling, no heating, no stove, no refrigeration — lacking these essentials for long presents a huge challenge for 21st century creatures


Fleet Experts Name Hyundai IONIQ Electric “Best Plug-in Car” For Fleets

March 23rd, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

The Hyundai Ioniq Electric has gotten a lot of accolades from early reviewers, including from us. A new press release from the UK reports that an expert panel has now served up a prestigious award to the car as well. Fleet News chose the IONIQ Electric as the "Best Plug-in Car (0g/km)" for fleets. Hyundai seems to have really earned this award (even if it didn't win) and is developing a name for itself in the world of future mobility. The company actually won a second award as well — "Green Manufacturer of the Year."


1st UK Owner Of New Volkswagen e-Up! Gets His Car

March 23rd, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

A positive Volkswagen story from the Isle of Wight shares that the first buyer in the UK of the new Volkswagen e-Up! has now received the car. Sporting a range up to 99 miles* per charge, the zero-emissions car sits somewhere between the modern era's "first-generation" EVs and "second-generation" EVs. It is perfect for daily trips. The joy of driving all-electric comes with a price at £20,780 (RRP OTR incl. Plug-in Car Grant)


UK Navy Base Launches Electric Fleet With 48 Nissan e-NV200 Combi Electric Vans

March 21st, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

The UK's Royal Navy is launching into the future in a way that values and protects the environment around the world as well as in the UK. Electric fleet purchases are heating up as EVs get more and more competitive, and the Royal Navy is just the latest high-profile example. A fresh electric fleet has been launched at Portsmouth Naval Base, sporting 48 Nissan e-NV200 Combi electric vans via onsite contractors BAE Systems. Defenceonline.co.uk reports


Donald Trump Keeps Rolling Backwards: Cuts US Commitment To Transit That’s Already Underfunded

March 21st, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

The US government’s commitment to urban transit is instrumental for smart growth as well as socioeconomic stability. Travel by metro, train, Amtrak, and other options that work to make us a multimodal society improve quality of life and health of >100 million people. These are also the means by which many people arrive at work, at home, at the daycare to pick up a child, or elsewhere


The Loop Link In Chicago: $32,000,000 For A Lane Still Filled With Rush Hour Traffic

March 17th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Rush hour Chicago provides an untapped income for the city of Chicago. Traffic enforcement could pick up funds from well-deserved traffic tickets. It seems no one is getting a ticket and the chaos continues. The larger question is — after $32 million of taxpayer money to build it, is the Loop Link being used as intended? No, not much, it seems. It was designed for fluid, fast, reliable movement — time-saving, much-needed flow for the city's buses. Lost? The Loop Link is specially marked bus lanes meant to offer mass transit an unfettered flight during rush hour times. And yet


Nuances In Ridesharing: Trusting Strangers, Not Institutions — Bla Bla Car & Casual Carpool

March 17th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Opera Singers, violinists, ballet dancers, and others who go from city to city season to season — all around the world — are a great source of travel idea options. They know the ropes. They are adept at using the connections available due to international or regional travel apps. There are expanding their means of travel beyond train and bus routes, and beyond simple taxis. One singer recently shared more about travel and modern nuances in carsharing and on-demand taxi services. He uses a variety of services as a traveling performer in the Arts


Traffic Injuries 3 Times As Likely In Car Than Bus

March 17th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Communities that use mass transit enjoy less tragedy. The Transportation Research Board shares a new journal article: "Traveling by Bus Instead of Car on Urban Major Roads: Safety Benefits for Vehicle Occupants, Pedestrians and Cyclists." It records the conclusions of researchers who studied traffic injuries along major corridors and found motorists on these routes had more than three times the injury rate of bus passengers. It was clear that buses were also safer for people sharing the road on foot or bike in Montreal. The research used police reports from 2001 to 2010 and found: Cars were responsible for 95% of pedestrian and 96% of cyclist injuries on these arteries


New Nissan LEAF Black Edition On Sale In The UK

March 15th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Nissan has a hot new model in town (in the UK) and it is stylish — the Nissan LEAF Black Edition. The always zero-emission LEAF is impressive in any style, in my humble opinion. The LEAF Black Edition proves there's no need to compromise on style to be perfectly clean. Take notice of the extras as well. One of those: the first 200 customers will receive a free in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot


Ottawa City’s Cross-Town Rapid Transit Corridor Approved

March 10th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

A unanimous vote of the Ottawa city council recently approved a proposal to build a new cross-town rapid transit corridor. The system will start with 24 new stations along Baseline and Heron roads. The new stations are to be built about 600 metres apart. The idea is to make cross-town travel on mass transit more convenient and faster than driving


EVgo Opens Its 900th EV Fast Charger In USA At Simon’s Opry Mills

March 10th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Cheer up and charge on is one of the most positive new philosophies I've been exposed to. It's based on hopeful futures, especially thanks to cleaner air, a stable climate, and safer transport. Many people and companies are bringing about this more positive future. One of those companies is EVgo, which has built the nation’s largest network of public EV fast-charging stations. Here's another spot of bright news from EVgo: EVgo has opened its 900th US fast charger for electric cars


St. Petersburg (Florida) Gets 2 Electric Buses

March 5th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

The use of two newly acquired, clean, quiet, all-electric buses is starting in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. The Sierra Club reports that the BYD electric buses coming to St. Pete and other locations in Pinellas County will run as often as possible this year so that more people can experience them and their emissions-cutting potential is maximized


Loved Dutch Bikeway Design Manual Now Updated!

February 28th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Word of mouth is a way of education that continues to be powerful in the midst of societal and technological change. In the impassioned subcultures I frequent, activities growing fast because of word of mouth include bicycling, urban farming, and organic farming. For those subcultures, word of mouth seems more powerful than anything else. The word comes from someone doing rather than telling, and that is largely the force of change


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



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