Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S, and Fiat 500e Owner Comparison

This post is a Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S, and Fiat 500e owner comparison. I’m a huge fan of electric-powered transportation. We have 3 cars (two in Atlanta, and one in San Francisco). All of them are electric. We purchased them in this order: a Nissan Leaf (2011), a Tesla Model S (2014), and the Fiat 500e (2017). Since we… Continue reading

Actual Innovation

So much of what passes for innovation is little more than swapping whose bank accounts profits go into while putting others out of business. Yeah, Uber, I’m looking at you! The convenience of your app: yeah, innovative. Everything else: all that is hideous about capitalism! But Tesla… Now these guys are innovative! They are seriously changing personal transportation! Their impact… Continue reading

Feels Like a Really Big Step…

We are in a quandary: which car do we replace with the Tesla S 85 (which arrives April 22nd, the day after Earth Day)?? the Nissan Leaf (which we love but only has an effective range of 60 – 80 miles in these hills, which, by the way, is perfectly adequate for 95% of all of our daily driving needs)?… Continue reading

My Fatal Mistake

Naturally, since Chloé, our Nissan Leaf, is at the hospital, this makes me think about a new car. I am unquestionably hooked on electric cars now. With solar on the roof of the house, aside from the actual cost of the car, driving the car is free! At first we started talking about just getting a new Leaf. But the… Continue reading

The New Killer App!

Today I had a conversation with a lady parked next to my Leaf at the free charging station at Mollie Stone (the local grocery store here in Sausalito). She had a lot of questions about driving a Leaf. She’s probably a bit older than I and made the most interesting comment: I think electric cars are the new killer app… Continue reading

Busted!

I’ve been seeing a lot of Tesla Model S’s on the road around Sausalito and Marin County. Sharp looking cars! As a huge proponent of EVs (electric vehicles), this, of course makes me very happy. Less oil. The less the better! I don’t know what the motivation was for John Broder’s, @NYTimes, review that appears to have flat out lied… Continue reading

Latest Update on Our Nissan Leaf

Chloé now has been driven over 5,000 miles without a drop of gas! Lovin’ it! Since our solar panels have now gone live, I thought I should provide a cost assessment of using our electric car through the end of September, 2012. The solar panels went into effect about a week ago, near the beginning of October. So, for all… Continue reading

About Our Nissan Leaf, Chloé…

If your car gets 25mpg (Most cars in the US don’t. The US average is 22mpg.)… If you are paying $4.00 for a gallon of gas (Most people don’t. We were shocked to see how “inexpensive” gasoline is in GA! We just barely dipped below $4.00 per gallon.)… Then… You are spending 0.16 to travel a single mile in your… Continue reading

Leaf Makes 4 Tiny Trees

Yesterday I drove Clhoé, our Nissan Leaf, around a lot! And I learned something I had not known: The leaf can only create 4 tiny trees and one full tree on the dashboard. You see, when you drive, the car is encouraging you to drive efficiently. The more efficiently you drive, the more tiny trees you create before turning the… Continue reading