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

Just Fun to Drive! (and even more…)

A Shocking Fact Unearthed Dan Neil and Elon Musk, speaking in a Q&A after the debut of “The Revenge of the Electric Car,” talked about the amount of electricity required to create a gallon of gas. Elon said, [With the amount of electricity required to make gasoline], you get more miles out of an electric car than you would get… Continue reading

Worth It’s Own Post!

Michelle commented on my post: Cost of Driving Chloé. She said: Thanks for your research Tim, I’m considering my next car purchase this year…I hate to say this, but you’ve left out the carbon footprint of the electricity production… which is considerable in our coal-based system here in Tennessee. However – there will soon be little solar panel charge stations… Continue reading

Cost of Driving Chloé

The new Blink charger is charging Chloé (our Nissan all-electric Leaf) drastically faster than the trickle charger we have been using in a regular 120 outlet ever since we purchased the car. But the million dollar question has been, how much does it cost to actually drive the car on electricity. Well, the Leaf’s Carwings and the Blink charger both… Continue reading

Chloé Gets a Blink Charger

I’ve blogged several times about Chloé, our Nissan Leaf. Here is an update. First, things I love about driving the car: We got a $7,500 federal income tax rebate and a $2,500 state income tax rebate for owning an all electric vehicle. Those tax deductions amount to a $10,000 deduction from the sales price of the car. My Prius, which… Continue reading

Another Glimpse

Warp Drive So here is a glimpse of Chloé’s dashboard. (Yes, I went crazy with a preset in the Flare app.) It looks a good bit different from the dashboard of any other car I’ve ever had. I’m getting more familiar with the controls and information displays every day. Chloé has two drive modes: normal and Eco. In normal drive… Continue reading

Trips to the Gas Station

Today was my first gas station visit in Chloé, the new Nissan Leaf. No, I didn’t need to buy gas, oil, or transmission fluid. Chloé doesn’t use any gas or any oil or any transmission fluid. The brief visit was to get some goodies! <EG> Unlike driving any car I’ve ever owned, driving Chloé is totally awesome. I setup my… Continue reading

Lamented No More

Everyone knows I like to be environmentally conscious and give the oil industry as little money as possible.  (I’ve blogged about my keen interest in the Nissan Leaf.  I suspect that, as soon as I can test drive a Leaf, the Prius (Watts) will be replaced with one.  In the meantime… ) Since resale values for Japanese autos are at… Continue reading