TAG: Electric Vehicle

A Chat With the Mayor of Oshawa

Oshawa Mayor John Henry on December 1, 2014

This morning has started randomly. While sitting down to drink a coffee and read the tech news, I ran into Oshawa’s Mayor John Henry. As a homeowner, small business owner, and an electric vehicle driver in his city, I had a few questions to ask. Naturally, he with with another person, so I tried to be cognizant of not being a dick by interrupting them.

10 Things to Know About the Nissan Leaf [My FAQ]

Nissan Leaf Battery View

The great thing about owning something new and cool is that people talk to me about it. A lot. They’re curious about how I’m enjoying it, they want to know things they can’t seem to find elsewhere. Is there a lack information out there? I think that’s true to a certain extent. Let’s face it, Dears want to sell cars. That’s where I can step in and answer some of these common questions (and hopefully help you understand if the car is right for you). I’ve abridged this list of questions and answers from a recent email conversation with a prospective buyer.

8 Best Toronto Area Places to Charge An Electric Car (And the Worst)

EV Car Charging

Driving and electric car (or EV) requires that you have a near constant access to charging locations. Thankfully, this improves every day, but the infrastructure is still in its infancy. As a driver in the General Toronto, Ontario Area (GTA), I have found some really great locations to charge from. If you depend on chargers outside of your home, here are some locations you’ll love – and one you’ll want to avoid.

Tricks to Maximizing Electric Car Mileage

2015 Nissan Leaf - Metallic Slate

Driving the Nissan Leaf car is unlike any vehicle I’ve ever driven. There’s a clear and direct effect on mileage based on driving habits. And, thanks to an almost constant stream of information, I’m also able to understand how the battery’s usefulness translates to battery usage. Some of this feeling was similar with the previous hybrid I drove, but not like this. Over the time I’ve driven electric, I’ve learned a few tricks on how to maximize this mileage.

Early Adopting the 2015 Nissan Leaf Electric Vehicle

2015 Nissan Leaf - Metallic Slate
As a previous gas vehicle driver (up to $600 a month fuel cost), and more recently a Toyota Prius hybrid (closer to $200 a month in fuel), I knew the day would come that I’d move to one of the electric car options. I had known about the Nissan Leaf, but the lower range of the vehicle kept me from seriously considering this car. Recently, I came back to it and did a test drive. I was quite impressed, and even more interested once I saw how many more electric charging options appeared to be out there. It was the time to dive in and get an electric car. After about a week with this 2015 Nissan Leaf “S” (base) model, I thought I’d share my first impressions.

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