A road trip with the new Nissan Leaf in Southern California

Some EV enthusiasts were disappointed when Nissan unveiled the new Leaf without a battery pack enabling a range of over 200 miles (~320 km) like the new EVs coming to market this year.

But what Nissan did is manage to still increase the range of the Leaf while maintaining a relatively low price – especially compared to those same new EVs coming to market.

And now they wanted to show us how it can still be a good daily driver and road trip vehicle by inviting us to experience the new Leaf in Southern California this week.  more…

Weekend Project: Build your own budget-friendly electric bicycle for under $500

Electric bicycles make commuting around cities and urban areas much easier, but the good ones can be quite hard on your wallet. High quality electric bicycles by top brands like Trek’s Super Commuter 8s or Raleigh Redux IE offer both high performance and high quality in a sleek package. However, with top-end electric bicycle prices from $3,000-$5,000, that extra quality does not come cheap. more…

Green Deals: AeroGarden Harvest Smart Countertop Garden $100, more

Today only, Woot offers the AeroGarden Harvest Smart Countertop Garden in various colors for $99.95. Free shipping is available for Prime members, otherwise a $5 flat rate fee will be added. That’s down from its original $180 MSRP and the current $160 list price at Amazon. This model features a built-in LED lighting system, room for up to six plants at a time, and an LCD display panel. Rated 3.7/5 stars.

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Audi confirms more ‘realistic’ range of ~250 miles for the e-tron quattro, puts car in a Faraday cage

Audi unveiled the e-tron quattro prototype, the company’s first all-electric vehicle built to be electric from the ground up. This was back in 2015 when they were still using the unreliable NEDC standard for the range.

In a press release today, the German automaker confirmed the expected range on the more realistic WLTP driving cycle, which they now claim to be “over 400 kilometers (248.5 miles).” more…