Environmental Tips for Grown Ups

Earth Hour 2020

Earth Hour is fast approaching – March 28th, 2020, 8:30pm – 9:30pm local time! What is Earth Hour? According to their website, Earth Hour started “as a symbolic lights out event in Sydney in 2007,” and “is now the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment, inspiring millions of people to take action for our […]

My Electric Car – 5. Charging Stations

There are three levels of charging stations: Level-1 (approx. 120 volts and 12-20 Amps): provides a low-power charging option, which means that it can take up to 30 hours to fully charge a 20 kWh battery. This is a standard wall power outlet, and it is what I’m using right now: with the portable plug-in […]

My Electric Car – 4. Getting to Know my EV

The first week with our new car was great, with lots of learning! We still don’t have the charging station installed in our garage, so we are using a regular 120V outlet. On the Leaf, we plug in at the front. It varies from model to model. There are two kinds of plugs, one for […]

My Electric Car – 3. Purchase & Incentives

We finally went to the dealership to purchase the car! Because of high demand, we had to wait for about 6 weeks for the car to arrive from the factory in Japan. In Canada, various provinces are providing incentives for the purchase or lease of eligible electric cars – Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (EVIP). More […]

My Electric Car – 2. The Test Drive

We had to book the test drive in advance with a Nissan dealer. After waiting quite a bit at the dealership, the car finally arrived for the test drive! It was gorgeous, brand new, still covered with plastic! Because it was an upgraded model, it came with leather seats and navigation system. I was the […]

My Electric Car – 1. The Decision

I have aways been environmentally conscious, so about 10 years ago, I chose a car that had one of the lowest emission rates in the market, at that time: the Toyota Yaris. I used to drive it about 400-500 Km per week and spend about $35 per tank, which totalled about $1,800/year, just in fuel. […]

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