The biennual Solar Decathlon returned to Southern California last week, with a twist.
Posted with permission from the author. Previously published at Clean Technica.
Monday night's email from Nissan's Tim Gallagher inviting me to visit the El Toro Marine Base on Wednesday was too good to be true. Nissan was going to have the new autonomous driving car, an electric Nissan LEAF, available to drive. Whoops, I guess "drive" is the wrong word. I'll be riding in it.
Vroom, vroom! That’s the sound of quick charging, Los Angeles style, which Plug In America co-founders Paul Scott and Zan Dubin Scott celebrated last month on a hot afternoon at Nissan of Downtown L.A. Paul, the dealership’s Leaf sales specialist, drew triple the number of usual Saturday test drives with Clean Get Away, a party to mark installation of a new DC quick charger (DCQC).
Like owners of conventional gas cars, owners of electric cars are naturally interested in understanding expectations of long-term performance and maintenance issues.
The city of Sammamish, WA, recently purchased two Nissan LEAFs, and I helped make that happen by assisting the city director of community development in evaluating the total cost of ownership of the LEAF compared to gas cars the city was considering purchasing.
Smaller size, and lower-cost quick charger.
Made by Sumitomo for Nissan and sold/serviced by Aerovironment.
Charger will come in two models, one for indoor use (Basic), designed to help accommodate fleets such as daily rental cars; and an outdoor model (Advanced), which is specifically designed for public and commercial charging uses – such as public spaces, corporate campuses, and retail centers.
Darryl Siry blogs over at Wired's Autopia. He's pretty plugged in, having worked at Tesla and consulted for CODA. He's a bit surprised, as are all of us, that Nissan has emerged as the first big automaker to manufacture a mass-produced electric car.
The Nissan LEAF has been on tour in California the past few weeks. CEO Carlos Ghosn appeared at the inaugural presentation in LA, attesting to the electric car's centrality to Nissan's vision of our automotive future.