George Parrot's home solar installation [Credit: George Parrot]With the big upturn in electric-car adoption driven by the Tesla Model 3, incoming Kia and Hyundai options, and the highly competitive Chevrolet Bolt, many drivers will be moving to vehicles that will be primarily charged at home. This means that their household electric bills are likely to show a significant increase—a big and obvious increase. Many of these new electric vehicle (EV) adopters, however, have the option of embracing solar (or sometimes even wind) for their household electricity. Back in 2009, as I was putting in my first order for an EV, a Nissan Leaf, I already had a decent-sized solar photovoltaic system on my home—one that just balanced the annual costs for the house electricity demands. Doing a little extra estimating, I wanted to keep my electricity payments essentially zero annually. Even back then, there had been both local and regional horrific events that suggested to me how negligent my … [Read more...] about How to charge your electric car from the sun, at home
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After keeping the first generation Leaf in production for seven years, Nissan finally replaced it in 2017 with an entirely new model. The second-gen Leaf retains its compact size, albeit with a slightly larger footprint, benefits from an entirely new design and underpinnings and is equipped with the brand’s latest technology. Here we can mention the e-Pedal, which allows the driver to accelerate and decelerate, along with stopping and holding it using only the right pedal, and the ProPilot semi-autonomous driving system. In addition, it benefits from a host of driving assist features, including Intelligent Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot warning, Intelligent Lane Intervention, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Traffic Sign Recognition and Intelligent Around View Monitor. Also Read: Comparison Chart Shows How Far The Nissan Leaf Has Come The 2018 Nissan Leaf uses a 150 PS (148 HP / 110 kW) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) electric motor and a 40kWh lithium-ion battery pack. … [Read more...] about All-New Nissan Leaf: How Much Better Than The Original Is It?
*Go straight to the FULL REVIEW. Overview (Final Score: A) For 2018, Nissan’s legendary Leaf battery electric vehicle (BEV) is all new. This Leaf feels more energetic on the road, has a long list of safety upgrades and brings a very competitive list of features to the affordable compact EV segment. The Nissan LEAF has been overshadowed by the Tesla Model 3, but the truth is they are in entirely different vehicle segments. A fully-loaded Tesla Model 3, which doesn’t even offer some of the Leaf’s key features, is literally twice the price of the Leaf after incentives for both cars, at the time of this writing. Nissan’s five-passenger Leaf is roomy inside, has much more cargo space than the Chevrolet Bolt EV, its closest rival, and does almost everything better than the more expensive and now dated BMW i3. The new Leaf will appeal to anyone who is willing to give it a test drive, if its range is sufficient to meet their needs. What We Love About the … [Read more...] about Review: All-New 2018 Nissan Leaf Delivers Great Mix of Fun, Value and Space
Two Popular, Affordable EVs Face Off The Chevy Bolt and Nissan Leaf are the two most popular BEVs that can be readily bought today. Clean Fleet Report has written extensively about these two cars, but have not compared them head-to-head. We wanted to look at the value of the two vehicles beyond the MSRP and provide additional data points to compare them. The categories that we have chosen provide clear-cut measurements and are based on our impressions from driving the cars, as well as available information from GM and Nissan. Both the Leaf and the Bolt have several trim levels and option packages. Since we are not comparing price but rather features, we will be comparing the top trim levels with all of the options that are available. The Nissan Leaf weighs in with a major redo One question our readers may ask is: “Where is the Tesla Model 3?” While the Model 3 is a fine automobile, it isn’t included simply because unless you made a reservation years ago to buy one, it … [Read more...] about Comparison Test: 2018 Chevy Bolt & 2018 Nissan Leaf
Full Car Details More Reviews Technology moves fast. What’s new today is, almost literally, old tomorrow. Take, for example, my iPhone 6. It seems like an antique after just a few years. Yet, I’m not compelled to upgrade to the 8 or X because I don’t feel like Apple has pushed the envelope far enough with the latest versions of the iPhone. I’ve even thought about switching to Android in search of greater sophistication. Existing Nissan Leaf owners might feel the same way now that the redesigned 2018 model has gone on sale. Absolutely, the new 2018 Nissan Leaf is better than the car it replaces. But is it better enough? And now that its here, offering approximately 151 miles of driving range, might some Nissan owners think about switching to Chevrolet, where the more expensive Bolt EV supplies 238 miles of range? Curious to judge for myself, I spent several days living with the new Leaf. Arriving in SL trim, my test car’s price came … [Read more...] about Ratings and Review: Dripping in value, the 2018 Nissan Leaf is a one-trick electrified ride