A New(ish) Leaf

The 2012 Nissan Leaf SL (above) had an MSRP of $38,415 when it was leased to a local couple in January, 2013. Two years later it came off of lease, and after being driven a few months by a dealer, I purchased it for $11,500 – almost $27,000 less. A virtually new car, with only […]

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The More Things Change

When I was a kid, building an electric vehicle that would go farther than a few miles seemed like such a simple thing: just put a generator on board. When the batteries needed charging, fire up the generator et voilà: just keep on driving. It was a simple-minded solution at the time. Weight, energy density, […]

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Electron Bug

e·lec·tric·i·ty /əˌlekˈtrisədē/ noun 1. a form of energy resulting from the existence of charged particles (such as electrons or protons), either statically as an accumulation of charge or dynamically as a current. 2. a state or feeling of thrilling excitement. In the case of the ZelectricBug, both definitions apply. Tesla, and other modern electric vehicles […]

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Fisker Failing, Detroit Rising

Henry Ford didn’t revolutionize the automotive industry by launching one of the most expensive cars on the market. But in 1908, the technology was simple and the marketplace in its infancy. Nonetheless, the “car for the great multitude” was priced for success and more than 15,000,000 were sold. Fisker faced a much different world when […]

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How Far Can You Go?

The Holy Grail of every electric vehicle is range. From the promised 300+ mile range of the Tesla Model S to the potential 73 mile range of the Nissan Leaf, the average driver wants to know how far the vehicle can go before it has to be recharged. (Not that he will very often go […]

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