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Cynthia Shahan Cynthia Shahan is an organic farmer, licensed AP, anthropologist, 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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Arctic Has Warmest Winter On Record

March 10th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

The Arctic winter comes and goes -- but ever so differently as warming trends prevail. Increasing temperatures and glacial caving continue as Mother Nature gets hotter — at the top of our world as elsewhere. James Balog has an immense range of visuals on this subject.


2018 Nissan LEAF — More Email Pitches, New Videos

February 23rd, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

Once again, via email, CleanTechnica found this week there is still a sale on the refreshed Nissan LEAF, which surpasses an old favorite (the first-generation LEAF) by leaps and bounds. Why wait


Children Need Zero-Emissions, Electric School Buses

February 5th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

Children are everyone's hope for positive change. They are every country's most valuable resource. Children make life sparkle and remind one of the most meaningful parts of life. Perhaps that is one main reason why critical health issues for children are so heartbreaking. Those health issues seem all the more tragic when they come from decisions that humans didn't have to make, from not thinking through the options in the best overall way


New Nissan LEAF Named “World Car Of The Year” Finalist

February 1st, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

What happens when a loved and appreciated EV, the Nissan LEAF, is reinvented? What happens when the highest selling electric car in history gets considerably greater range, a hot new design, and additional advanced technologies? One thing that happens is the car — the new Nissan LEAF — is named as a top 10 finalist in the prized 2018 World Car of the Year awards


UK Shipped 2.7 Million Tonnes Of Plastic Scrap To China Since 2012: What Now? Crisis Due To Chinese Ban

January 30th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

Everyone needs to more determinedly limit or do away with all plastic choices — especially those that go ridiculously far and cross an ocean to be recycled (polluting on the way). The UK is facing an immediate crisis of excess plastic waste. The Chinese said there is to be a halt in taking plastic trash from the UK, which has shipped 2.7 tonnes of plastic scrap for recycling in the past few years to China


The World’s 1st Tesla-Based Production Shooting Brake Coming To London Motor Show

January 30th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

A phenomenal highlight that would add to the experience of any motor show comes to the 2018 London Motor Show for a world-first showing. The London Motor Show has announced that it will host the world’s first Tesla-based production shooting brake at this year’s event. If you're not up to speed with British car lingo, a shooting brake is an estate car. If you're still confused, the pictures should help


Renault Zoe Named “Best Electric Car” In 3 Separate Awards: 1 For 5th Consecutive Year

January 30th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

Perhaps it is in the buoyant and spunky name, Zoe. Perhaps it's the good quality for price. Perhaps it's the style and size. In the end, it's probably just all of the above. Either way, the eco-consciousness of this wonderful EV combined with other compelling consumer benefits to make it the top selling electric car in Europe last year (yet again), but it doesn't just win on the market. For many reasons in all directions, this EV is chosen as winner again and again in various competitions and rankings. It just logged three more wins


Nissan & NASA Extend Research Into Autonomous Mobility Services

January 28th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

Two impressive leaders in technology are applying the cutting-edge tools of modern science and engineering to bring the future into our daily lives in a safer, quicker, more effective way. Nissan North America and the NASA Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley are collaborating more deeply on research and tech development for future autonomous mobility services


2018 Nissan LEAF USA Leasing Pitch Emailed To Customers

January 24th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

Via email, CleanTechnica found this week there is another enticing sale on that highly anticipated 2018 Nissan LEAF. The time is ripe (and the range is ripe) to buy all-electric. The email announced that a prime LEAF leasing offer is $229/month with $3,070 down. "Get yours and experience the thrill of a whole new way to drive. It’s simply amazing. If you have any questions about the all-new Nissan LEAF®,* please contact us at 855-467-3214."


1st New TX London Electric Taxi Handed Over To London Cabbie

January 24th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

There is a contented smile of satisfaction on David Harris's face as he looks over his stunning, quiet taxi, considered the world’s most advanced electric taxi. Black cab driver David Harris was the first cabbie to receive the keys to LEVC's (London EV Company's) new TX electric taxi. His first fare-paying passenger had the pleasure of smooth top-of-the-line transit. Besides the significant environmental savings, there is fresher air inside and out. I am sure the ride is considerably smoother than the norm as well. Harris, a former professional tennis player, has been a driver for 21 years. He expects to save several hundred pounds a month in overall running costs versus his old diesel cab


Nissan Launches Nissan Energy Solar: All-In-One Energy Solution For UK Homes

January 19th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

This week, Nissan announced "Nissan Energy Solar" at the Electric Ecosystem Experience powered by Nissan Intelligent Mobility. "Nissan Energy Solar is the all-in-one solution that combines world-class residential solar panels with energy storage system to make the most of UK homes. The solution has been designed to allow UK homeowners to reduce their energy bills and get more independence from the grid, allowing them to live more sustainably."


Hyundai & Aurora Partner To Develop Level 4 Autonomous Vehicles By 2021

January 5th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

Hyundai Motor Company and Aurora, a leader in autonomous vehicle technology, have announced a strategic partnership to bring self-driving Hyundai vehicles to market by 2021. You may not recognize the name Aurora yet, but you probably recognize the name of its CEO, Chris Urmson, who was the CTO of self-driving cars at Google for several years. His fellow co-founders at Aurora are Sterling Anderson, who was most recently director of Tesla Autopilot, and Drew Bagnell, who was previously Uber's autonomy and perception lead


All New Flyer Facilities Can Now Manufacture Xcelsior CHARGE Battery-Electric Buses

January 5th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

New Flyer of America Inc., the largest transit bus and motorcoach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, announced this week that its Anniston, Alabama, facility completed its first full build of an Xcelsior CHARGE. The bus is an entirely electric, zero emissions, and is indeed a heavy-duty transit bus. I enjoyed a ride in the New Flyer XcelsiorÆ Electric Bus last year. I found it quiet, comfy, and smooth. It was the best ride quality I've found on a bus


Nissan LEAF UK Prices Announced — Full List

January 2nd, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

Nissan hasn't publicly announced 2019 Nissan LEAF pricing and specs (even though we found some scoops about those), but it has just released the full range of pricing for this year's version of the "world’s best-selling electric vehicle." (Technically, the LEAF is no longer the best selling electric car in the world — the BAIC EC-Series is — but it has still seen the most customer deliveries in history.)


Company Car Drivers Save Thousands Of Pounds By Going Electric

December 31st, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

I quite enjoyed Andy Mile's piece on EV Obsession relating his charging conversations. He lives in the UK. I live in Florida. When discussing costs of "fuel" for an all-electric car, it seems my experience is even less expensive than his. Miles relates a fine experience of savings on fuel for his electric car, but I tend to have free charging everywhere I go (and no home charging). The other savings he relates is certainly a major consideration as well — the sheer savings of EV maintenance compared to maintenance of an ICE car is remarkable. Beyond personal use, company car drivers could save thousands of pounds/dollars by going electric


Renault’s 2030 Vision: SYMBIOZ

December 31st, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Renault is further electrifying cars, vans, trucks, and entire fleets. It is entering regions few companies bring their electric cars to. It plans to have 8 fully electric vehicles on the market by 2022 and 12 electrified models. It has also given us a more idealistic visualization of an electric future, one for 2030. Renault recently shared its innovative vision of the electric ecosystems — the SYMBIOZ. It is an integrated house and car that work together in harmony. The home and car will essentially share their energy. 


1st Tesla Model 3 Delivery To Regular Customer (Detailed Walkthrough Video)

December 23rd, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

In day's world, one man's experience is now another's, and another's. Here's another glance into the EV that is a sign of the times. Remember those long lines to reserve a Model 3? Those weren't employees in line — they got to reserve earlier in quiet. Those would become the first Model 3 owners who weren't Tesla/SpaceX employees, huge investors, or close company friends. Now, those customers are starting to reserve their Tesla Model 3 orders. Here it is — the Model 3. 


Biggest Response To London’s Increased “T-Charge” = Shift To Public Transit

December 22nd, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Some cities are working to quell city air pollution faster than others. UK cities are beginning to charge higher-polluting vehicles to drive into their center. As one big example, London’s "T-Charge" is increasing the cost of a journey by up to £21.50 for the highest polluting cars and vans. This charge is shifting more drivers to rail and bus services. EVs, especially small ones such as an electric smart car, provide some relief for people who need to drive — but transit is a key


Electric Car Savings Will Pay For Christmas & More

December 22nd, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

A New Go Ultra Low cost calculator finds that the typical 100% electric car in the UK could cost on average just 3p per mile to run. That is a notable bit of savings compared to 9p for the comparable diesel car. The first savings, in my experience, regard the smell, the lack of particulate exposure, and freedom from the filmy dirty feeling of gas in the car and in the air


2018 Nissan LEAF Pre-Orders Pass 10,000 In Europe

December 22nd, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

As pre-orders pass 10,000 across Europe, drivers can now use a new Nissan online reservation system for the 2018 Nissan LEAF — in the UK and Poland, at least, but presumably all other European markets as well. Well, you can order 2.ZERO special versions, not other trims yet



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