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Author Archives: Cynthia Shahan

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

Used Electric Vehicle Best Buys (UK Version)

July 13th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Used electric vehicles are an amazing value for the money right now. With the market for new EVs showing record sales, it's perhaps easy to forget that some of the best buys are on the used market. A press release reports that the overall used market for electric vehicles has increased 7% this year in the

Dallas Puts Transit Riders On Transit Board — Whoa

July 10th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

To try to improve the efficiency and service of mass transit in its jurisdiction, the Dallas City Council is going where few transit decisionmakers tread — it's replacing half of its appointees to the transit board with people who actually use transit for their commuting needs

BMW i Batteries Jump Into Boats

July 8th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Love that smooth, quiet, clean drive of the BMW i3? Now, electric mobility via those BMW i batteries has hti the sea as well as the land — these batteries are not only in electric cars, but also motor boats, sailing yachts, and commercial marine applications such as water taxis

Nissan Celebrates “70 Years” Of Electric Vehicles With BladeGlider At Goodwood Festival Of Speed

July 7th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Nissan's most advanced electric vehicle ever, the Nissan BladeGlider sports car, was center stage at Goodwood Festival of Speed this year, supporting clean air and climate action at the same time that it was having a bit of fun. NISMO athlete Lucas Ordóñez was the first pro racing driver to experience the Nissan BladeGlider in a track session during the historic Goodwood Festival Of Speed

Hyundai IONIQ Plug-In Hybrid On Sale In The UK — Prices Start At £24,995

July 5th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

The new Hyundai IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid goes on sale in the UK this month, priced from £24,995 OTR, taking into account the £2,500 Plug In Car Grant. "Hyundai’s Plug-in Hybrid is the third and final variant of the IONIQ line-up – the first car in the world to offer three electrified powertrains within one body type," Hyundai highlights

Carsharing & On-Demand Taxis Transforming Transport, & Can Now Be Combined

July 4th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

The modern landscape of transit is rapidly shifting. Expanding mobility services are changing the market. It is a swift 8 years since Uber was founded and 5 since Lyft began. Now, tapping up an Uber is as common as hailing a taxi for many people, or more common than getting a taxi ever was for them. One can arrange an Uber in the US and worldwide — Rome, Wroclaw, Oslo — seemingly any city. In fact, I once had a person arrange an Uber for his wife at a Florida airport from an app in London, England

London Taxi Company’s All-Electric Taxi At The Goodwood Festival Of Speed

June 30th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

The London Taxi Company's all-electric taxi has been tested intensely and over thousands of miles in both hot and cold climate endurance tests in the Arizona desert and Arctic Circle. This week, the zero emissions taxi prototype took on another first. On Thursday, June 29, one of London Taxi Company (LTC)’s all-new range-extended electric taxi test vehicles silently made the world-famous Goodwood Hillclimb

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