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Jan 16, 2012
Chris Salamone

Nissan Donates Quick Chargers To Atlanta

Right on the heels of Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn’s unveiled plan to stress eco-friendly products, the company has decided to quit wasting time and get right to the heart of the matter. One of the major hurtles in making electric vehicles mainstream comes from a lack of re-fueling infrastructure. Normal, petrol using, drivers can fill up as often their pocket books can afford – especially with gas stations looming on nearly every major intersection. But, in typical Nissan fashion, the electric vehicle program looks to move forward regardless of industry trends by setting new standards in electric vehicle charging station availability.

What started as a ‘Drive Electric Tour’, featuring city-to-city test drives of the company’s LEAF, has turned into an altogether different monster: a tour to prove electric vehicles a viable transportation solution. Nissan has donated two electric quick charge stations to the city of Atlanta, capable of an 80% recharge in less than 30 minutes.

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Dec 6, 2011
Chris Weiss

Nissan To Offer Wireless Charging, Home Power In 2013 Leaf

The Nissan Leaf already offers unparalleled fuel economy and cleanliness, and it will soon offer more convenience than ever. Nissan announced recently that it will be offering a wireless charging system as of 2013. The Leaf will also be gaining the ability to power your home as early as next year.

We knew wireless EV charging systems were on the horizon, but home power systems? Through installation of a Power Control System device, the Leaf will be able to feed into the home power grid as well as take from it. The user could control how much electricity the Leaf’s 24 kWh battery sends into the home grid, ensuring that it has enough energy left for tomorrow’s commute.

Nissan estimates that a full Leaf battery offers enough juice for about two days’ worth of energy needs in the average Japanese home. With installation of Nissan’s equipment, the Leaf would be a back-up generator for the 21st century.

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Nov 9, 2011
Stephanie L

A Case For Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars

Fuel cell cars have the potential to reduce the demand for foreign oil and lower the harmful effects it has on our climate. These cars run on hydrogen rather than gas and their exhaust doesn’t put out any harmful fumes, just water and heat. A lot of challenges will have to be overcome before these vehicles can compete with hybrids and regular gasoline vehicles, but the benefits of this technology could be very substantial to our environment and everyone living in it.

Conventional vehicles produce a significant amount of air pollutants that contribute to smog and other harmful particles in the US. The hydrogen is produced by fossil fuels resulting in some pollutants, but much less than other vehicles. However, since hydrogen can also come from domestic sources such as natural gas, coal and water, fuel cell cars would decrease the demand for foreign oil. This would make our economy less dependent on oil transport from other countries and we would be less vulnerable to price shocks from the increasingly volatile oil market.

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