2018 Nissan Leaf debuts with 150 mile driving range for just 30k

September 6, 2017 by  
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After teasing us for weeks, Nissan has finally unveiled the second-generation 2018 Nissan Leaf. The new Leaf is completely new inside and out, with single-pedal driving, automation, more power, and most importantly, its driving range has been increased to a more usable 150 miles. It’s hard to believe that it’s already been seven years since the first Nissan Leaf arrived in 2010. Now seven years later the Leaf is facing much stiffer competition than it originally did. As a result, the new Leaf has been amped up to tackle the Chevy Bolt and the Tesla Model 3. Related: BMW releases a sportier i3 electric car For starters, Nissan fixed the main concern electric car buyers had with the last generation: its driving range. With a max 107 mile driving range, the current generation Leaf has been overshadowed by the Bolt, Model 3 and even slightly squeezed out by the BMW i3 and 2017 VW e-Golf. With the 2018 Nissan Leaf being able to now travel 150 miles on a single charge, that means the Leaf is now closer to the top of the segment, only to be out done by Tesla and the Chevy Bolt . Under the hood, there’s also a new electric powertrain that now generates 147 horsepower and 236 lb-ft. of torque. If you want a more powerful Nissan Leaf with a longer driving range, Nissan has confirmed that another more expensive version of the Leaf is coming for 2019. Besides the new electric powertrain, the 2018 Leaf also features new driving technologies. The ProPILOT Assist driver assistance technology allows for semi-autonomous driving on single-lane highways. The 2018 Leaf also comes with Nissan’s new e-Pedal technology, that perfects one-pedal driving. It lets drivers start, accelerate, decelerate and stop by using only the accelerator. Inside the 2018 Leaf’s seats are covered in seats with vibrant blue stitching and a new 7-inch touchscreen sits in the center console. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have also been added. The 2018 Nissan Leaf is scheduled to arrive in the U.S. and Europe in early 2018. Pricing for the 2018 Leaf in the U.S. will start at $29,990. Images @Nissan + Nissan

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Tesla competitor Thunder Power’s new EV can drive 373 miles on a single charge

September 24, 2015 by  
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You may not recognize the name “Thunder Power,” but the Taiwan-based power tool manufacturer may soon be in all the headlines. Thunder Power has its eyes set on the electric car market and has released a concept of a new electric car   that they hope will compete with the Tesla Model S. What makes the car super exciting is that the company claims it can travel up 373 miles on a single charge while still touting an impressive 430bhp. Thunder Power unveiled the new EV this month at the Frankfurt Motor Show . Read the rest of Tesla competitor Thunder Power’s new EV can drive 373 miles on a single charge

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The A-Bike Electric is the world’s lightest, most compact e-bike

July 17, 2015 by  
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Developed by British inventor Clive Sinclair in 2006, the original A-Bike was an instant design classic with a telescoping structure that meant the entire bike could simply and quickly fold up and fit into a backpack, under a desk or be carried on public transport. Now a team in London has unveiled the A-Bike Electric , which features the same distinct, lightweight, compact frame, but includes an electric motor that will travel 15 miles on a single charge, making for a smoother, easier urban commute. Read the rest of The A-Bike Electric is the world’s lightest, most compact e-bike

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OwnFone is an effortlessly simple printed phone that you can completely customize

February 12, 2015 by  
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OwnFone is using Kickstarter to take the world’s simplest mobile phone across the globe. Based in London, OwnFone is the world’s first custom printed mobile phone that connects you instantly to the most important people in your life … and that’s it!  No screens, no distracting texts and no internet connection issues.  Just the simplest 2G, voice-only mobile phone ever created. OwnFone can be completely customized; you choose the materials it’s made from, the shape, buttons, texture and design. And since OwnFone is incredibly lightweight it’s perfect for kids, runners, the elderly or anyone else who needs an affordable phone they can take anywhere. Best of all, OwnFone’s battery lasts one full year on a single charge so it will always be ready for that unforeseen event. + OwnFone on Kickstarter The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printed phone , basic phone , call only phone , customizable phone , kickstarter OwnFone , kickstarter phone , OwnFone , OwnFone customizable phone , printed phone , reader submissions , simple phone , voice only phone

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GIVEAWAY: Win a DIY Feng Shui prize pack for Chinese New Year!

February 12, 2015 by  
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Chinese New Year is just around the corner , and according to Feng Shui principles, now is the time to get your home in order for 2015. During this time of renewal, we can think of no better way to start a new year than to clear the clutter and create a more holistic space. If you’re feeling completely clueless about how Feng Shui works, we’ve got good news for you! Thanks to our good friend, architect and Feng Shui practitioner Anjie Cho , you can learn how to Feng Shui your home the easy way—we’re giving away a signed copy of Anjie’s newly released book, 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces ,  to 9 lucky winners, and one very special grand prize winner will receive a signed copy of the book in addition to a $108 gift certificate to Anjie’s Holistic Spaces Online Store , a 2015 Feng Shui Charm Keychain for Protection & Luck , and a Natural Crystal Bagua Set . Find out how to win this lucky prize pack below! HOW TO ENTER: 1. SIGN UP FOR THE INHABITAT NEWSLETTER HERE > We’ll be announcing the winners in our weekly newsletter , so if you want to find out who won, you’ll need to receive it! 2. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW telling us why you’re interested in Feng Shui and how you feel it might improve your living space. The deadline for this giveaway is Monday, February 23rd at 11:59PM . We’ll pick the comments we like best and announce the winners in our February 26th newsletter, so make sure you’re  signed up ! DEADLINE IS MONDAY FEBRUARY 23, 2015 at 11:59PM Read the rest of GIVEAWAY: Win a DIY Feng Shui prize pack for Chinese New Year! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Anjie Cho , chinese new year , chinese new year 2015 , chinese new year feng shui , chinese new year giveaway , contest , feng shui , feng shui bagua crystal set , feng shui giveaway , giveaway , holistic spaces , holistic spaces store , how to create a holistic space , how to feng shui , how to feng shui book , how to feng shui your home , inhabitat giveaway , year of the ram key chain

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BYD’s All-Electric Bus Sets a New Record with 200 Mile Journey Around Copenhagen

March 25, 2014 by  
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An electric bus recently set a new record for the longest journey on a single charge in Denmark, when it managed to drive more than 200 miles while traveling its normal route. BYD , the Chinese company that makes the bus, said that the e-bus exceeded the previous best performance set by one of its vehicles during the company’s European trials. As an added bonus, the record also smashes the official distance record of 155 miles for an all-electric bus. Read the rest of BYD’s All-Electric Bus Sets a New Record with 200 Mile Journey Around Copenhagen Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 200-mile electric vehicle journey , bus travels 200 miles on a single charge , BYD , BYD electric bus , Chinese electric bus , Copenhagen bus sets new electric vehicle record , Denmark , ebus , green transportation , new distance record for an electric bus        

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750 Robotic Car-Sharing Stations Will Dispense Electric Vehicles Like Candy in China

January 2, 2014 by  
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In 2013, Inhabitat repeatedly reported on China’s horrific air quality issues – in some cases, entire industrial areas were shut down for days because of life-threatening smog. Much of China’s air pollution comes from coal-fired power plants , but emissions from personal vehicles are also a big part of the problem. The government has invested millions of dollars in an effort to encourage a switch from gas to electric vehicles, but so far progress has been slow – that’s why two Chinese companies, Kandi Technologies Group and Geely Automotive, have taken a cue from Hangzhou’s wildly successful bike sharing program to make electric vehicles financially accessible, while at the same time alleviating pollution, traffic, and parking problems. Some call it the Kandi Machine. The name of the project seems trite until you see the technology in action. An individual arrives at a tall, glass-windowed parking garage and requests to rent a compact electric vehicle. At the push of a button, the building comes alive. Long fork lift-like arms are deployed, snatching up one of many tiny electric cars stacked on shelves like candy. The arm retrieves the vehicle, finally dispensing it from an elevator at street level. The compact vehicles are fully electric, featuring a slide-out battery design patented by Kandi. Each car is capable of traveling 75 miles on a single charge while achieving speeds of up to 50 miles an hour. For many, the cars’ power windows, air conditioning, and enclosed cabin are a huge step up from the small gas-powered scooters that crowd the city streets. For about $20 an hour, individuals can rent an EV to run errands or get to work in a rain shower, all without the high cost and space requirements of vehicle ownership. When they’re done, the electric car can be returned to the garage where it is recharged and readied for the next driver in need. Eventually, Kandi hopes to integrate these car sharing structures into cities across China. The scheme’s ultimate aim is to make using an electric vehicle cheaper and more convenient than owning a gas-powered one. Range anxiety aside, cost and infrastructure continue to top the list of reasons why people are slow to adopt this pollution-reducing technology. Promisingly, Kandi has already rolled out its first two garages and 18 more are currently under construction. Via Smart Planet All images are screenshots from the above YouTube video by Aaron Rockett        

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With BMW’s i3, the carmaker shifts the EV market with composites

September 9, 2013 by  
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BMW's aggressive shift to lightweighting for its new electric i3 has led to a four-passenger car that can drive 100 miles on a single charge.

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This Souped-Up GM EV2 Can Go 400 miles on a Single Charge!

July 22, 2013 by  
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What would have happened if GM’s EV1 electric car wasn’t killed in 2003? Electric drag car racer, John Wayland, aka Plasma Boy , brings this question to light with the EV2, a second generation electric vehicle with parts from the EV1 fitted into a Honda Insight Hybrid. For Wayland, the EV2 is a way to resurrect the storied EV1 and show the world what could have been if GM had not abandoned its electric vehicle program so quickly. Silver Streak, which is the name of Wayland’s creation, is capable of going as far as 400 miles on a single charge! Read the rest of This Souped-Up GM EV2 Can Go 400 miles on a Single Charge! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric cars , ev1 , ev1 parts in honda insight shell , ev2 , GM , honda insight hybrid , john wayland , plasma boy , silver streak , Who Killed the Electric Car        

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Mercedes-Benz Vito E-Cell Electric Van enters production

July 31, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Zero-emission van powered by electric engine. The Vito E-Cell electric van by Mercedes-Benz has entered production with a small series of 100 units. Another 2000 units will be deployed in 2011

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