Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Off Grid Nissan Leaf Project - Preface - Update

Update 03.03.2014:

Big announcement from Tesla Motors' Elon Musk on the upcoming roll out of the Model E Sedan:

20% Smaller than the current Model S and HALF the Price.

New #Gigafactory to produce Battery Tech...

We think it's time for an EV for EVeryone.

Join the #EVreEVolution.

#ModelE #Tesla


By 2017 Elon Musk has promised that Tesla Motors will roll out an electric sedan with a 200-mile range and a price of around $35,000. Designed to compete with the BMW 3-series and Mercedes C-Class, a recent trademark application for the name “Model E” may indicate the name of this new, mass-market sedan. -

Elon Musk says mass market Tesla car (Model E) will have a ~48kWh battery, be 80% the size of the Model S

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

UPDATE: With the onset of many Americans coming to a realization that the #EV movement/#rEVolution is REAL, We have BREAKING NEWS:
It's True.

Many different types of Drivers are learning the advantages of Electric Vehicles.

Tesla Motors and Nissan have unveiled Dynamic additions to their charging networks:
>>Tesla is to offer free #OffGrid type solar charging stations free to use for Tesla Owners. Also recently unveiled Battery Swap Stations...

>>Nissan recently announced plans for 100 Quick Charging/DCFC Stations at Nissan Dealerships.
There is a real surge in ownership of EV's.
I am one of them (Proud owner of Nissan LEAF SL).  My #EV has the Quick Charger port built in next to the 6.6 kWh Charging port.
We Madison LEAF owners are very excited to hear about the addition of #DCFC Chargers in our area (Madison, Milwaukee).

As a member of the blink Charging Network, I am looking forward to their upgrades as well.

We came across this article from ETECH Labs on LinkedIn and thought it explains the DCFC Charging Upgrades.

Check out our EV/OffGrid Living Page:
  • Nissan To Add Electric Vehicle Quick Charging At More Than 100 U.S. LEAF-Certified Dealerships - engadget Quick charge units can recharge Nissan LEAF to 80 percent in about 30 minutes.
    So far, the active chargers in the program have been popular. Since the pilot began, about 5,600 charging sessions have taken place, with each location averaging about 4.5 sessions per day. That figure has been steadily on the rise as awareness has increased. Over the period of June 21-July 1, the number of charging sessions increased about 12.5 percent compared to the previous two-week period.
    Installation of new chargers will begin in east coast markets, starting this summer. By April 1, 2014, Nissan expects to have quick chargers installed and operational at 100 additional dealerships.
    Nissan's charging partner AeroVironment will supply the quick chargers and will provide installation services for nearly all of the new quick charging units.

By Blog

July 8, 2013


Eliminating excuses for not owning an EV.

There's not too many left...

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We were just discussing the Detroit Auto Show and the new 2013 Nissan Leaf Rollout.

Rumors about production setbacks at the Tennessee Plant, May/May Not be like the Japanese Upgrade, rumors

I personally am done Chasing Rumors and Ghosts.

Goto the Owners Groups, Listen to People.  Trust Them.

The Nissan Site Owner Blog:  Read it.  Make a decision that affects more than your morning commute.

Consider it an payment to Mother Earth for the Superfund Site we call this Spaceship Home.

On must think seriously how to get to Work and School and back.


Now buy an electric car, NOW.

There are roughly 125,000 Vehicle Rebate Credits available through the Dealership.

Upgraded Efficiency, Better Handling 89 kg Less Mass, Improved Insulation, Heat Pump replaces Elements for Heat.

Tax Return.

Buy $300 worth of solar panels, ****Project Off Grid Nissan Leaf****, plug it in when not in use, charge a Backup Battery Bank.

Never buy Dirty Oil Again.

Now, here comes the complaints and opinions:  If you are not one of the roughly 2000 owners in the US, then you heard Rumor.

Consider it an payment to Mother Earth for the Superfund Site we call this Spaceship Home.

There is an Answer.

Choice is Yours.

Now it's on you.

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>>Off Grid Nissan Leaf Project


Great News for the Leaf!!!
For a True EV Experience and a Tremendous Commuter/City Car, the Leaf fits the Bill.

Our "study" of the '13 Leaf SL showing improvement in "mileage".

At 1500 miles:
4.1 m/kWh

87 projected GOM
Winter/Cold Temps skew numbers lower by 10%. 

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No. 1: Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf tops Kelley Blue Book's latest 10 best 'green' car list
Greener Ideal Vehicles on Facebook

2013 Nissan LEAF Gets Massive Price Cut (-$6,400)

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New Entry-Level Model Almost 20% Cheaper than 2012 Model

This was not unexpected. In fact, a few months ago I wrote about Nissan's intention to create a new, improved and less expensive entry-level model of the electric LEAF. But it's still a welcome development: The 2013 Nissan LEAF electric car will now come in a new entry-level trim with an MSRP of just $28,800, which, after federal and state tax credits (depending on where you are), can mean you actually pay around $19,000. This compares very favorably with the MSRP of the 2012 base LEAF, which was $35,200, but this isn't exactly apples to apples since this more spartan trim didn't exist previously.According to Nissan, this price drop makes the LEAF the least expensive 5-seat electric car in the US.

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2013 Nissan LEAF Trim Levels

The 2013 LEAF will now be available in three different trims:
  • LEAF S for $28,800.
  • LEAF SV for $31,820.
  • LEAF SL for $34,840.
It's interesting to note that even the most expensive trim for 2013 is still cheaper than the least expensive 2012 trim, which was $35,200. Now that's a price cut that makes a difference!
Here's how Nissan describes the different trims:
The 2013 Nissan LEAF is offered in three well-equipped models, the LEAF S, LEAF SV and LEAF SL. Standard features include 6-way manual driver's seat, 4-way manual front passenger's seat, trip computer (instant and average energy consumption, driving time, outside temperature and autonomy range), Automatic Temperature Control (ATC), center console storage and 3.6 kW onboard charger. Other standard equipment includes Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Start, Bluetooth® hands-free phone system, power windows with driver's window one-touch auto up/down, power door locks with auto locking feature, remote charge door release, variable intermittent windshield wipers, AM/FM/CD with MP3 playback capability and a 12-volt power outlet.
LEAF SV models are upgraded to 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels, a 6.6 kW onboard charger, cruise control, auto dimming rear view mirror, energy saving hybrid heating system, an upgraded 6-speaker sound system, 7-inch color LCD display, Pandora® link for iPhone users, Nissan Navigation system with CARWINGS telematics and B-mode setting for increased regenerative braking. At an MSRP of $31,820, the 2013 LEAF SV represents a $3,380 savings over a similar 2012 model.
LEAF SL adds leather-appointed seats, 17-inch five spoke alloy wheels, DC 480V fast charge port, automatic on/off LED headlights, fog lights, photovoltaic solar panel rear spoiler and HomeLink® Universal Transceiver. At an MSRP of $34,840, the 2013 LEAF SL represents a $2,410 savings over a similar 2012 model. (source)

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The 2013 LEAF will be made in Nissan plant in Smyrna, Tenn. Powertrain output is 107 horsepower, with 187 lb-ft of torque, and energy is supplied by a 48-module lithium-ion battery that is also made in Smyrna. Because of aerodynamics improvements, the 2013 LEAF should have a longer driving range than the previous version, though the official EPA numbers aren't out yet. The Japanese version claimed a 14% improvement, but the US testing cycle is different.

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No word yet on availability, but it shouldn't take too long.
Via Nissan
See also: 2014 Infiniti Q50 to Come in Hybrid Version


If One Storm Can Turn D.C. Dark For Several Days, What Would A Massive EMP Burst Do?

The “super derecho” storm that pounded the Washington D.C. area on Friday night with hurricane-force winds is being called unprecedented.  But the truth is that there are other events that could happen that would be far more damaging to our power grid.  For example, a substantial EMP burst over a major U.S. city would fry virtually all of the electronics in the city and take the power grid in the area down indefinitely.  A gigantic EMP burst over the entire country (caused by a massive solar storm or a very large nuclear explosion high in the atmosphere) could theoretically take down the entire national power grid.
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Jul 09, 2012
For example, a substantial EMP burst over a major U.S. city would fry virtually all of the electronics in the city and take the power grid in the area down indefinitely. A gigantic EMP burst over the entire country (caused by a ...
Oct 20, 2012
Homeland Security Report (New WMDs EMP Attack) Here is a report from the Washington Times that is based on a Pentagon sponsored report that is talking about new WMD, to include EMP weapons, cyber-attacks and ...
Sep 06, 2012
So unless you are preparing for an EMP (or an engineer), you may not have heard of one before. My personal preps include the necessity of a Faraday Cage and I suggest yours do as well. A Faraday Cage is the only thing ...
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Jul 09, 2012
Jul 09, 2012
For example, a substantial EMP burst over a major U.S. city would fry virtually all of the electronics in the city and take the power grid in the area down indefinitely. A gigantic EMP burst over the entire country (caused by a ...
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