In disbelief you read the title, likely thinking, “No, it was a type-o.” But you’d be wrong. Nissan announced to an exclusive party of reporters and guests last Friday the future of the Nissan Leaf. Not merely with a drastically improved range, but improved charging times and autonomy.
The second generation of the Nissan Leaf (not the 2016, that’s 1.5), will have not just double the first generations’ battery, but the middle; going from 30 kWh to 60 kWh. Many Leaf drivers get at least 4 kWh / mile, but it is entirely possible to score 5+ kWh / mile putting this new generation into the range of 300 miles per full charge. And seeing that the Leaf is a bit lighter than the Tesla S, it’s obvious why the efficiency works to it’s advantage.
Nissan seemed all too excited to demonstrate that the new battery technology, known as NMC or Nickle-Mangan-Cobalt. It appears to be a conjoined operation between LG Chem and Nissan to produce this super battery. But most EV drivers will take what they can get when it comes to improved range, outside the price-range of a Tesla S.
Additionally, this new Leaf will sport autonomous driving, likely updated OTA like the Tesla models. Any owner of a higher-end Nissan of just about any model can attest to the nifty bird-eye view of the vehicle when maneuvering for parking. This concept will be enhanced with a 360-degree RADAR system surrounding the vehicle
We can expect to see this new model and its features sometime in 2018. And it can’t come too soon. Once it becomes apparent that driving electric (and autonomously), we may see a very large swing toward it. Efficiency, range, acceleration, maintenance, and quietness are all benefits of the electric car. Not to mention raw power and torque that almost no internal combustion engine can muster.
The White Zombie is the brainchild of John Wayland, who has been working on and building electric vehicles for the purpose of drag racing for nearly 20 years. But Mitch Medford is the insane genius whose idealism has brought Wayland’s creation to the rest of us with the Black Zombie 222.
Bloodshed motors out of Austin, Texas brings the Black Zombie to the market, not merely as a lightning-fast hot-rod for drag racing, but an obtainable, street-worthy-demon of the asphalt. With dual electric motors, totaling 800+ HP, 1800 ft-lbs of torque, pushing 0-60 in < 2 seconds and a top speed of 174, little else compares.
But since you’re probably wondering about the power train? If you know the specs of a Tesla Model S P90 D, then you know that they are similar to the Black Zombie 222 (image below). But the power train specs on the Zombie are better and you’re getting it in a legendary sports car. The Black Zombie will run you about $125k, whereas the S P90 D will run you, base model, $118k.
Medford and crew, having hit nearly 175 MPH in the Texas Mile are shooting to break 200 mph and the record for the fastest street legal electric vehicle. Keep up with Mitch and Bloodshed on their Facebook page. And if you’re in the market for a classic car that’s faster than ever before, check out the Zombie222
Electric Vehicles for Resilience (in natural disasters)
Those involved in the EV movement are quite aware of the portable utility of EVs. Even those who have survived the recent Polar Vortexes in the North Eastern United States are well aware of how much easier it is to drive an EV after a disaster (especially with a solar roofed home). But there’s so much more and Nissan is promoting Electric Vehicles for Resilience in these situations.
The Nissan LEAF has a 24 kWh battery. The typical home uses about 10 kWh of power per day. So the LEAF can support the home for more than 2 days. But there are more advantages. In a disaster few people have electric vehicles (at least for now). So most will go to a shelter the event. Shelters usually do not have power immediately following the event. But unlike a gas-powered vehicle, it’s reasonable to bring an EV indoors to power the building, since it does not produce fumes or noise.
Electric Vehicles are portable batteries and their power can be retrieved and transmitted much more simply than gasoline. We as a society have come to rely heavily on electricity for much of what we do. And now it is possible to carry that power with us in the case of natural disasters.
Miles per Dollar Spent is the new vehicle efficiency metric
There’s been much controversy over the environmental cost to drive electric versus the old standard to drive using petroleum. But how many miles per dollar spent can your vehicle transport you? The results of a California Bay Area website may or may not shock you.
The AfterOilEV blog has a simple metric with alterable values so that you can estimate for yourself, the local costs and values. How far does your dollar go? Although those who drive electric may have a much shorter range, is their cost really that much less. And what about people who drive on Biodiesel or regular diesel?
The old metric of Miles per Gallon has been, as of late, deemed less accurate that the metric of Gallons per 100 Miles (or litres per 100 km). But what about this new metric of Miles per Dollar Spent? The other metrics leave out the cost as it tends to vary from day to day.
From the chart presented by AfterOilEV, it would appear that at a cost of $0.10 per kWh and an efficiency of 3.3 miles per kWh, $1 will get you 33.3 miles. Where as with a gasoline vehicle whose efficiency is 30 MPG where the price of gasoline is $2.75 (average in CA); $1 will get you 12 miles. At best in the case of a Toyota Prius where the MPG is 50 and prices are $2 per gallon, you’d getting 25 miles per dollar spent. But in comparing apples to apples, the most efficient equivalent EV gets 5 miles per kWh at a cost of $0.10 per kWh, you’d get 50 miles per dollar spent.
Of course these numbers depend on the cost of the fuel. And in recent years the cost of electricity hasn’t changed much, but the cost of gasoline as fluctuated wildly.
The value in a gasoline vs. electric car depends heavily on how it is used. On the EV side you get great value for your dollar spent on fuel, but you lose range. On the Gas side you pay more for fuel, but you gain the potential for greater range. Hopefully, this chart will help the car buyer look at the dollar efficiency a little more accurately.
Although DragTimes has been launching dozens of cars for many years, it is only when they begin to launch people in the passenger seat of the Tesla P85D when they begin to see the reactions that they have longed for. The attached video has a collection of 6 peoples Tesla P85D launch reactions that beg the question, is this a street car or a rail-gun?