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Author Archives: Cynthia Shahan

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

Chanje V8070 — Another Level Of Electrification

August 14th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Startup electric truck maker Chanje Energy, Inc. has launched an electric Class 5 van, intent to replace last century's fossil fuels with a zero-emissions Class 5 last-mile delivery option. This is the latest of several recent additions to the electric truck and van market

Smogathon 2017 Global Competition For Smog-Fighting Innovations

August 13th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

We live on a planet beset by air pollution. We also live in a world rich in creative, innovative minds. Here is a chance for positive change and a place for those innovative minds to do their magic. Along with all the magical gnomes, Poland is calling out to those environmental, innovative minds. If you or your company have any solution that can help fight air pollution, Smogathon is a contest for you!

BMW Electrified Vehicle Sales Top 50,000 (2017 Sales Through July)

August 12th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

With a fairly broad "green" array — eclectic blend of attractive electrified vehicles — the BMW Group is apparently the world’s 3rd biggest plug-in car manufacturer. With the best ever July for BMW Group, the company's total plug-in car sales through July surpassed 50,000. "Year-to-date electrified sales increase 74.8% to 50,711," a press release from the Bavarian auto manufacturer stated

“It’s Amazing When Nothing Holds You Back” — The New Nissan LEAF

August 4th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

I find the Nissan LEAF to be light, agile, and amazing. The next-generation Nissan LEAF is clearly one of the most anticipated electric cars of the year, perhaps of the next couple of years. It will feature an improved aerodynamic design inspired by airplane wings, Nissan now reveals. Nissan, enthusiastic about its coming offerings, throws out a play on words: "It's amazing when nothing holds you back."

Grey Area Between “Assisted” & “Automated” Driving Systems A Concern For UK Insurers

August 3rd, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Progress, change, transition, well-being — from plastic to automation, the world keeps evolving, shifting through good and bad choices, including some grey areas. Remember when you took glass milk bottles and glass coke bottles back to a store for 5 cents. No one had to call it green in those days. It just made sense. Maybe you don't remember. Now we call ourselves green because we are trying to make the plastic waste in our oceans go away and stop killing life on multidimensional levels. Not all changes are plastic or negative, though. A positive advance of modern time is the integration of autonomous features on the road

2 Years In A Nissan LEAF, What Will Be Next?

July 31st, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

I am coming close to the 2-year mark of my travels in the light footprint of zero-emissions Nissan LEAF. It has me thinking of what changes I may make in my personal transportation (if any) in the future. An abundance of ideas come to mind

Plunger-Protected Bike Lanes #Winning

July 27th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

In many cities, concern for bicycle infrastructure is improving. (That's in spite of distressing political moves to eliminate healthful, people-friendly, air-friendly transportation options such as bicycling.) In other cities, it is more difficult to change those settings due to to the car-centric mindset of the residents and policymakers there. However, promoting change with inexpensive, innovative barriers has helped a few cities to shift toward two-wheeled, pedal-powered transport. Here are two examples of such an approach, followed by an explanation

BMW Announces Next Step In Vehicle Electrification Strategy

July 26th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

BMW Group has been one of the early leaders in 21st century electrification. In general, BMW seems serious about the transition to electric cars, and it produces a high-quality EV (BMW i3) as well as several plug-in hybrids. The BMW Group holds electrification as one of the central pillars of the Group's corporate strategy. As part of that, it just announced a new battery-electric MINI, a variant of the brand's core 3-door hatch model

New Nissan LEAF e-Pedal Premieres September 6 — Simple Things Can Be Amazing

July 20th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Nissan LEAF, the electric car that has made possible smooth, torquey, zero-emissions driving for hundreds of thousands of early adopters is premiering another innovative first on Sept. 6. Nissan just announced that the new Nissan LEAF will come with e-Pedal, another pioneering technology that puts Nissan at #1. In actuality, e-Pedal is one step forward in regenerative braking and one-pedal driving, benefits of electric cars that drivers quickly learn to love

UK Plug-In Car Registrations Rise As Renewable Energy Generation Reaches New High

July 15th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

2017 is showing notable environmental improvements percolating in the UK, with record highs of plug-in car sales as well as renewable energy generation records. So far this year, 22,480 plug-in cars have been registered in the UK, which means that EV buyers registered more electric and plug-in hybrid cars during the first half of 2017 than in any previous 6 month period

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