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The EV Annex Tesla Model S Center Console Insert (CleanTechnica Review)

December 10th, 2016 | by Kyle Field

Back in April, Zach and I went on a CleanTechnica tour de Southern California centered around the Tesla Model 3 unveiling event. While in line to lock in our Tesla Model 3 reservations at the Santa Monica Tesla store, we met Roger and Matt Pressman from EV Annex in person. Since then, they have sent over a few of their custom-designed and custom-built accessories for the Tesla Model S for us to review (like the Cubby Compartment)


Dragon’s Guide To A 100% Renewable Home — Part 1 (LEDs)

December 9th, 2016 | by Chris Dragon

In Southern California, actor Ed Begley Jr. is famous for going 100% renewable back when it was prohibitively expensive to do so. In 1985, he bought a stake in a wind farm. In 1990, he installed solar panels on his roof. He prefers walking and biking, but when he drives, it's in an EV (including the EV1, RAV4 EV, and various custom models). Everything in his home is renewable powered or person powered. He's even got his own TV show about his way of living


10 Best Electric Cars For The Money (Right Now)

December 7th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

Following my post on "10 Top Cleantech Christmas Gifts" and other recent discussions, I thought it made sense to write an article on what I think are the "best electric cars for the money" right now. Naturally, this is a subjective top 10 list. Because of the difficulty in comparing some models and the subjective nature of the list, I'm not ranking these 10 — these are just, overall, the 10 electric cars that I think offer the best value for the money


2016 Ford Focus Electric Review (In Extreme Depth!)

December 1st, 2016 | by Guest Contributor

Don’t be shocked if you didn’t know about it, Ford does not advertise or push that it has an amazing product on its hands. Not all dealers want them, not all dealers can sell them, and they’re made in very limited quantities. For the few of us who have one, we appreciate that Ford has made it, are happy to be driving it, and are saving thousands of dollars in maintenance and fuel costs compared to an internal combustion car


2015 Nissan Leaf — 1 Year Review

November 30th, 2016 | by Cynthia Shahan

It's been just over one year since our long-term review of a 2015 Nissan Leaf started (~4 articles/month). The EV is still smooth, and jazzy, like Bossa Nova. The city I live in has a wonderful charging infrastructure, which I've raved about and been thankful for. However, Nissan dealerships often have other cars or SUVs in the charging spots. (Some possible advice on that one -- pull around to the back if the spot in the front it blocked. You may find one by the service station. Also, even if the dealership doesn't have a public charging station, the service station probably does.)


Driving An Electric Uber

November 29th, 2016 | by Cynthia Shahan

Uber drivers benefit from a vital job that helps many of them to stay above water. Many people are juggling part-time jobs to keep up with bills. Driving for Uber has some of the most valued components for a 2nd or 3rd job. An Uber driver makes all her or his own hours. You can free others from having to driving or owning cars, a worthwhile service to society


8 Things I Would Do To Improve The Nissan Leaf

November 28th, 2016 | by Cynthia Shahan

It is just over a year of travel in the Nissan Leaf. I miss the early days of first driving in the silent and smooth Nissan bubble, I miss the early months. The magic of that initial introductory period is a special experience. Though, I don't miss the new car smell


Nissan Leaf vs Cadillac XTS Luxury Sedan

October 29th, 2016 | by Cynthia Shahan

For a road trip from Tampa (FL) to Cocoa (FL), the best option on the lot after some last-minute changes to our plans was a Cadillac XTS luxury sedan. While it wasn't what we would have initially chosen, the opportunity to drive a luxury Cadillac was actually an editorial boon. After a year of happily driving an all-electric Nissan Leaf, I had an occasion to compare the Leaf to a gasoline luxury sedan with a starting price of $45,295, which is approximately $10,000 more than the Leaf's price before subsidies


Make-Or-Break Politics Of Climate: Mike Mann’s Madhouse Effect

October 24th, 2016 | by Sandy Dechert

You might conclude from its title that The Madhouse Effect, one of the fall’s best book offerings, takes on the US presidential election. You’d be close -- the subject does come up repeatedly in the technical and policy discussions -- but not quite right. I enjoyed discussing it with the author recently



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