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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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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


2018 Nissan LEAF Production Begins In Europe!

December 20th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

The first 2018 Nissan LEAFs for Europe are now rolling off the line at Nissan’s plant in Sunderland, UK. Customers will start receiving their 2018 Nissan LEAFs in February. The new Nissan LEAF offers longer journeys without recharging. The improved range of 235 miles (NEDC) on a single charge is more than double the range that the Leaf provided before (real-world range is more like 150 miles)


Fact vs. Fiction: Public Perception Of Used EVs vs. The Facts

December 16th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Yesterday, two women engaged me in conversation asking questions about driving an all-electric car (since I drive a Nissan LEAF). They were mystified and then happily surprised when I alleviated a few misconceptions about electric vehicles. Most of the time when I'm in a discussion about EVs, it's because I'm charging and people walk up curious about them. In general, people seem to become much more interested once the facts on driving EVs become clear


Is The Oil & Gas Industry Causing Texas Earthquakes? A “Landmark” Study Suggests Yes

December 15th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

There is more than what hits the eye, or in some places, shakes the house. A new report, Discriminating between natural versus induced seismicity from long-term deformation history of intraplate faults (PDF), explains. While we all make assumptions on hunches, it takes a scientist assisted by a group of scientists and geologists to assess whether seismic activity is induced by human activity or is of natural origin


Florida To Launch USA’s 1st Private High-Speed Train Service

December 13th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

It is hopeful transit news for popular corridors of Florida, where many a highway traveler encounters stifling streams of traffic congestion. The country's first private high-speed train service is launching this month in Florida. Residents and travelers will enjoy the better option that many of us have been wanting for decades


Electric Road Trip: Jaquar I-PACE Tested In Los Angeles Ahead Of 2018 Reveal

December 11th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

A longtime friend of mine with rooftop solar panels took a test drive of my humble 2015 Nissan LEAF the other day. He and his wife drive a nice SUV hybrid and once owned a Jaguar. After some nice comments about the LEAF, he and his wife decided that absolutely his next vehicle will be all electric. I encouraged him to test drive some Tesla options (explaining the value, quality, autonomous safety, minimalistic style, and top-of-the-line technology.) As his hybrid is in very good shape, he did not seem in a hurry. He responded that by the time he made the switch to all-electric, there will be many choices as good as a Tesla and his interest may lie elsewhere. Perhaps this vehicle below might interest him, being a one-time Jaguar owner


Old Love Bug Going Electric?

December 11th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

As one of the first VW Beetle owners, my father might have been an odd entrant into the modern-day vehicle. A conservative WWII hero and vet, he made his life by keeping part of his sorrow tucked away and shut down in a corner of his mind -- the war memories corner. To raise his children, he relied on a mix of conservative faith and Star Trek, and he strived to be fun. Ever the two-sided personality, his hero was Captain Kirk, and Star Trek was a dinnertime fair


Renault Aids The Felix Project, Delivering Food To London’s Most In Need

December 11th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Sometimes, life's harsher realities affect the hearts and minds of the young more than others who find the stories of hunger in children further from their own lives. Felix Byam Shaw's compassion developed for other young boys when he found out they did not have necessary comforts of life -- such as the regular meals that some of us take for granted. Renault explains: "In particular, after he played in a football match and discovered that none of the opposing team of 10-year-old boys from South London had anything to eat that day."


Berlin & China Creating “Sponge Cities” — Landscape Architects Help Cities Absorb Water, Cool Down

December 4th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Berlin (Germany) and China are working with nature to create sponge cities that absorb rainwater and cool the city. Even without the challenges of climate change, cities would do well to consider the benefits of imitating natural ecosystems to cool down and store rainwater, a precious resource. With problems from climate change in urban areas, such as increased flooding and more extreme heatwaves, the need to develop “sponge cities” is essential


Air Pollution = More Bone Loss & Bone Fracture Risk, Two Independent Studies Find

December 4th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

As one breathes in the pure air, the lungs and the immune system refresh, invigorate, and oxygenate our blood. As we breathe in dirty particulates, toxins, and fumes, the organs of our body have too much to deal with and are overwhelmed. The dense gray matter does not merely go away inside. What happens to it? Conditions such as premature death and cancer may occur. The human body's major organs all work together in a healthy constitution. Once the lungs are polluted, the overload of toxicity can profoundly affect every organ of the body. The impact of air pollution on bone loss, bone fracture, and osteoporosis is another concern to understand (and respond to with clean air initiatives)


Hyundai IONIQ — 2017 Professional Driver Car Of The Year

November 28th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

CleanTechnica earlier noted that the Hyundai IONIQ was a favorite at the Women’s World Car of the Year awards. That triplet of an electrified leader took the “Supreme Award.” It was also a CleanTechnica Car of the Year finalist last year. An entirely different sector of the transit culture likes IONIQ as well and agrees the IONIQ is a winner. A 100-strong panel of private hire and chauffeur industry operators and experts found the IONIQ was their top choice



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