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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Electric Motorhome Powered By Solar Panels & A Battery

September 24th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Move over, tiny house, and take notes. German-based motorhome manufacturer Dethleffs recent e.home, an electric motorhome concept, is solar-paneled, clean battery-powered, comfortable, and bright. How about that for a sustainably sensible option for the camping family or the retired couple with wanderlust and a conscience. It's a beauty. The e.home is covered in 334 square feet of solar panels and has an estimated range of about 103 miles when fully equipped

Tesla Blows Minds Deep In Kentucky

September 24th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

From eastern Kentucky, deep in the heart of  "coal country," comes a short, sweet film from one of our CleanTechnica friends

Wind Energy Used To Mine Cryptocurrency To Fund Climate Research

September 24th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

One way to bring more attention and funding to climate science is by using renewable energy to "uncover" cryptocurrency. Say what? Julian Oliver, who used wind energy "to mine cryptocurrency to fund climate research," explains further after the artistic picture

1 App For Car Or Bike — Ford & Deutsche Bahn Collaborate On German Bikesharing Service

September 17th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Are you are interested in more mobility alternatives? Interested in carsharing and bikesharing? Like the train? If you are in Germany, the "New Mobility World"  might interest you. Ford is offering one app to use a bikesharing or carsharing system in the country. It is the first carmaker to be involved in a bikesharing project in Europe, according to the press release, which is part of a collaboration with Deutsche Bahn. Together, they are offering 3,200 FordPass bikes in the service

Irma Reflections — Charging My Nissan LEAF After Mother Nature Aimed & Hit Two Trump States

September 15th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

I experienced my first tornado at the age of 5, and my first hurricane (category 3) at the age of 22. I am fortunate -- never hurt or compromised. The water (everywhere) and the wind clearing out the atmosphere is refreshing (if houses remain and people are fine). The darkness without electricity for a day or so can be relaxing. Sunrise, sunset — they become more like what they were for most of our ancestors. At the same time, I grieve emphatically for all the lost lives and broken people who hurricanes have ripped apart

Recharged, Rebooted, Reborn … Maybe: Detroit Electric

September 10th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Day to day, it is true CleanTechnica focuses on the major players in the EV landscape. Still, it is refreshing to spy smaller ventures and lesser known EV faces. Diversity (in everything) is one key to health. Detroit Electric recently shared outline sketches of three future models it claims we'll be seeing over the next three years. Let's hope

In London, 20 Electrified Ford Plug-In Hybrid Transit Vans To Hit The Road

September 7th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

In London, electrified Ford Transit Custom vans are making a first public appearance ahead of a project designed to help improve city air quality. Transport for London (TfL) and key city-based businesses are supporting the Ford fleet trail. Ford’s new plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) Transit Custom van offers an electric range of 50+ kilometres (31+ miles) and uses Ford's EcoBoost engine as a range extender

Hummingbird — World’s Lightest Folding Bike & “Quickest To Fold”

September 7th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Lightweight, light footprint, easy to fold in seconds, and wonderful to ride — what more do you need for enjoying outdoor transit? Claimed to be the lightest and fastest folding bicycle in the world, the Hummingbird's name is no coincidence. You can easily take Hummingbird into the elevator, take the Hummingbird on the metro, and take the Hummingbird into the office. It is the consummate commuter bike, three kilos lighter than the closest competitor

Renault Kangoo Van Z.E. 33 Has 50% More Range, On Sale Now In UK

September 5th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Renault UK has announced pricing and specification for the new version of the Renault Kangoo Van Z.E. 33. Renault's refreshed electric van now has a range of 170 miles (NEDC) on a single charge. That means the new Kangoo Van Z.E. 33 has 50% more range than earlier versions. Renault's press release continues that with a 170 mile (NEDC) range, the new Kangoo Van Z.E. 33 offers the best range of any purely electric van, and it comes in four variants

Updated Volkswagen E-Golf Now In UK Showrooms

September 3rd, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

In the UK, the all-electric car that looks almost identical to a regular Volkswagen Golf is doing well. The e-Golf is considered to be the electrified "centerpiece" of the German manufacturer’s choices. The e-Golf was originally presented in 2014. VW reports that in its latest guise, the zero-emission e-Golf has new battery technology. Gas2 earlier reported that the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf goes 50% further on a single battery charge. The new e-Golf also has a host of connectivity features both in the car and in the customer’s hand via the ubiquitous smartphone — everything from warming or cooling the EV remotely to interesting security features. The price also makes the electrified VW a valuable find

The Nissan Switch Scheme Is A Sublime Offer, An Affordable One

September 1st, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

It is always time to stop air pollution. It is always time to drive zero-emissions electric vehicles. Nissan is yet again making that easier to do. Encouraging consumers to decide it's now time to make the switch from a petrol or diesel car to an EV, Nissan is offering UK customers up to £2,000 plus trade-in value on their old vehicle to switch into a 100% electric, zero-emission Nissan LEAF. The LEAF is the UK’s best-selling electric car, and part of that is thanks to a starting price of just £100 a month. Add in the fuel and maintenance savings that come from a reliable LEAF, and the story gets even rosier

Renault & Ferrovial Create New Carsharing Service In Madrid — Zity

September 1st, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Renault and Ferrovial have begun a joint venture and created Zity, a fresh electrified carsharing service that will launch in October. The first fleet of electrified cars — 500 Renault ZOEs, to be exact — will be located within Madrid, Spain (the M-30 Beltway and in some adjoining areas)

Renault Second-Life Batteries Bring EV Charging To Less Connected Highways

August 31st, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Driving an all-electric vehicle with limited range and no Supercharging, I do sometimes think about options for long-distance travel, off-the-beaten-path travel, and perhaps even off-the-grid travel. The challenges of EV charging on highways along open fields and long, winding mountains is sometimes that there's no high-power connection to the grid, and creating a connection is very costly

Cheapest Electric Cars (Total Cost of Ownership) In UK

August 27th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

As the electric vehicle (EV) sector rapidly continues to expand, data experts cap hpi have looked at the total cost of ownership (TCO) to acknowledge the electric cars with the lowest motoring costs in the UK. Cap hpi examined used EVs for this, first posing the question, "Once all the servicing, fuel and other motoring costs are taken into account, which EV cars perform the best?" The following are the cheapest electric cars to run in the

Going Backwards — Driving A Gas Car For 1 Day After 2 Years In A Nissan LEAF

August 26th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

It is nearly two years since I began my daily journeys in a clean, electrified vehicle — no particulates, zero emissions, human friendly, child friendly. I found myself driving in a light bubble that seemed to push the smell of gas to the periphery. Becoming free of feeling as dependence on oil/gas, it was initially easy to enjoy heightened optimism about air pollution and environmental concerns. I hoped that most drivers would to switch to electric vehicles — soon. If I could do it, many could

2018 Nissan LEAF “Amazes Your Senses”

August 23rd, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Being unveiled entirely on September 6, 2017, in Japan, the new Nissan LEAF is ripe with Nissan's most advanced technologies. Nissan is pitching that its redesigned next-generation LEAF promises to "amaze your senses" while raising the bar for the electric vehicle market. I think the LEAF set a fine standard for years — I'd be hesitant to replace the 2015 version I drive — so the next version must be incredible

100+ Top UK Organizations Choose The Electric Vehicle Future

August 22nd, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

OVO Energy, Oxford City Council, Santander UK, Swansea University, and Gatwick Airport have joined our electric vehicle future. A fine list of 100+ companies and organizations have now joined the Go Ultra Low campaign in the

South Miami = 1st City Outside California To Enact Rooftop Solar Mandate

August 20th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Yes, South Miami, Florida, supports the Paris Climate Agreement. Miami has reason to do so, as concerns are large that Miami and surrounding areas will sink into the wild blue ocean before the end of the century if action isn't taken. Trying to do its part more, in July, South Miami became the first city outside of California to require that solar panels be installed on roofs of all new homes

Piauí Installs Largest Solar PV Power Plant In Latin America

August 17th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

For the past few years, Piauí, Brazil, has focused on generating jobs and generating renewable energy hand in hand. Piaui is captivated by the win-win-win-win of wind and solar power projects. (There are four wins since, aside from jobs and energy, renewables cut air pollution and global warming emissions.) Setting a notable milestone in this realm, Piauí has installed the largest photovoltaic energy project in Latin America

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