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EV Advocacy & More Efficient Driving Via Uber & Lyft — A Cultural Intersection (Part 3)

February 17th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

As a part-time Uber driver, I have come to realize two notable clean transportation benefits it offers. First is that it offers a nice window for broader electric vehicle (EV) education and advocacy — if the driver is an EV driver. Additionally, Uber itself teaches drivers to drive more efficiently (specifically, this is in order to provide a better ride for passengers, but the positive environmental effect is there nonetheless)


Lyft vs Uber — What Are The Differences For Drivers? (Part 2: $$$ + Electric Range Issues & Support)

February 10th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

I am a part-time driver for Uber and Lyft and rather new to both. I'm also not a normal driver since I drive an all-electric Nissan LEAF that gets 85 to 100 miles on a full charge around town. All information does not fall out the same in this post as it might for full-time or long-time drivers at both or either company. Earnings ability varies, I suspect quite a bit based on location. It seems obvious that dense metropolitan areas offer more constants and the possibility of higher earnings (but also a higher cost of living). In simple terms,


A Nissan LEAF Service Check (& Chat)

February 6th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

I recently arrived at a Nissan dealer to get my service check for the Nissan LEAF. What's involved with the all-electric Nissan LEAF servicing (approximately 1 year and 3 months after getting the car)


Finding The Elusive Prius Prime (+ Toyota Prius Prime Review)

January 26th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Going into 2017, I wanted to test drive some of the new plug-in hybrids hitting the market. Unfortunately, I found the newest plug-in hybrid EVs (with the exception of the 2017 Chevy Volt) difficult if not impossible to find in my area (in a populous part of Florida, which is ranked 5th for EV sales in the US). After a disappointing call to the Toyota dealership closest to me (no luck), I called around to find that I would have to drive quite a distance to have a first-hand look at a Prius Prime


2017 Chevy Volt vs 2015 Nissan Leaf (Test Drive & Comparison )

December 30th, 2016 | by Cynthia Shahan

Before I committed to the Nissan Leaf, I test drove many EVs with Zach, whose boundless energy for fitting as much as humanly possible into one day pushed me to my limit of test driving. Here is my refreshed comparison of a Volt versus a Leaf — specifically, a 2017 Chevy Volt vs 2015 Nissan Leaf


10 Things To Do To Get Ready For Your 1st Electric Car

December 10th, 2016 | by Cynthia Shahan

I recently thought of how little I knew when I first leased the Nissan Leaf — a snap decision after years of trying to drop my gas car for a bicycle and pedestrian life. Considering the impulse of my choice and the risk involved, I'm happy I was right on. Having support and conviction from my oh so well educated family members helped me know I could trust the decision. If your family is not filled with clean air EV advocates, climate hawks, and early adopters, I thought to make this list for you. Below are 5 (or 10) things to do to get ready for your 1st electric 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



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