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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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


10 Things To Do To Get Ready For Your 1st Electric Car

December 10th, 2016 | by Cynthia Shahan

I recently thought of how little I knew when I first leased the Nissan Leaf — a snap decision after years of trying to drop my gas car for a bicycle and pedestrian life. Considering the impulse of my choice and the risk involved, I'm happy I was right on. Having support and conviction from my oh so well educated family members helped me know I could trust the decision. If your family is not filled with clean air EV advocates, climate hawks, and early adopters, I thought to make this list for you. Below are 5 (or 10) things to do to get ready for your 1st electric car


Congestion: Shoppers Trapped In Traffic For 4 Hours Trying To Leave Mall

December 5th, 2016 | by Cynthia Shahan

Traffic congestion is something I dislike — well, who doesn't? Bad air from gas car fumes and time lost in clogged and congested traffic have huge societal costs. They come from poor urban planning and an over-reliance on the automobile (an inherently inefficient mode of transport in densely populated places — i.e., cities)


2015 Nissan Leaf — 1 Year Review

November 30th, 2016 | by Cynthia Shahan

It's been just over one year since our long-term review of a 2015 Nissan Leaf started (~4 articles/month). The EV is still smooth, and jazzy, like Bossa Nova. The city I live in has a wonderful charging infrastructure, which I've raved about and been thankful for. However, Nissan dealerships often have other cars or SUVs in the charging spots. (Some possible advice on that one -- pull around to the back if the spot in the front it blocked. You may find one by the service station. Also, even if the dealership doesn't have a public charging station, the service station probably does.)


$9,641 = Annual Savings Taking Public Transportation In USA

November 29th, 2016 | by Cynthia Shahan

Riding public transportation is a vital means of saving money, money that can much more happily be spent on other things than on owning, driving, and maintaining a car. Transit riders can forget about auto insurance, car payments, fuel costs, tuneups at the mechanic, expensive broken car parts, etc


Driving An Electric Uber

November 29th, 2016 | by Cynthia Shahan

Uber drivers benefit from a vital job that helps many of them to stay above water. Many people are juggling part-time jobs to keep up with bills. Driving for Uber has some of the most valued components for a 2nd or 3rd job. An Uber driver makes all her or his own hours. You can free others from having to driving or owning cars, a worthwhile service to society


8 Things I Would Do To Improve The Nissan Leaf

November 28th, 2016 | by Cynthia Shahan

It is just over a year of travel in the Nissan Leaf. I miss the early days of first driving in the silent and smooth Nissan bubble, I miss the early months. The magic of that initial introductory period is a special experience. Though, I don't miss the new car smell


More People Bicycling Than Driving In Copenhagen Now

November 28th, 2016 | by Cynthia Shahan

Those of us who try to keep abreast of urban planning and clean transportation news are familiar with the benefits of bicycling in terms of pure air, livability, quieter streets and homes, space and resource efficiency, a stable climate, and public life


Nissan Celebrates 75,000 Electric Vehicles Sales In Europe

November 13th, 2016 | by Cynthia Shahan

Nissan, as a foreshadow of its "Intelligent Mobility" vision, has been providing all-electric vehicles that are great to drive, comfortable, technologically innovative, and superb aesthetically to hundreds of thousands of people around the world. The EVs are zero emissions leaders and provide great reliability. As the latest milestone, Nissan recently passed 75,000 EV sales in Europe


48 New National EV Charging Corridors — Thank You, President Obama

November 7th, 2016 | by Cynthia Shahan

The Obama administration has been on a role advancing EV charging across the US. The latest news from the administration is that the United State Department of Transportation (DOT) is establishing 48 national electric vehicle charging corridors. Thank you, President Obama, and we hope you and Michelle will be driving in an all-electric vehicle soon as well.


Sharp Momentum Shift On Anti-Solar Amendment 1 In Florida

November 3rd, 2016 | by Cynthia Shahan

CleanTechnica has written a series of articles about the deceptive wording on Florida's Amendment 1, which is meant to slow the Sunshine State's rooftop solar growth and even penalize it. A new press release from the US Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) suggests that the big utilities are playing hardball now to keep up the deception


Nissan Leaf vs Cadillac XTS Luxury Sedan

October 29th, 2016 | by Cynthia Shahan

For a road trip from Tampa (FL) to Cocoa (FL), the best option on the lot after some last-minute changes to our plans was a Cadillac XTS luxury sedan. While it wasn't what we would have initially chosen, the opportunity to drive a luxury Cadillac was actually an editorial boon. After a year of happily driving an all-electric Nissan Leaf, I had an occasion to compare the Leaf to a gasoline luxury sedan with a starting price of $45,295, which is approximately $10,000 more than the Leaf's price before subsidies


What’s The Issue With Volkswagen’s $2 Billion EV Education & Infrastructure Commitment?

October 24th, 2016 | by Cynthia Shahan

Tuesday, October 25, will bring forth another judgement on the Volkswagen emissions scandal. Many states will have a good amount of money going into EV education and infrastructure as part of the resolution to the Volkswagen scandal. With $2 billion for EV charging infrastructure and education programs, the judgement promotes a specific avenue for undoing VW's damage, but some details are still up in the air



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