Charging a Nissan Leaf with Solar Panels: Pipe Dream or Reality?

Demounted battery from electric car Nissan Leaf. Cells of high voltage battery from Kiev, Ukraine.

Drivers and admirers of electric vehicles have all wondered at some stage…why aren’t OEMs like Nissan making use of improving solar power technology to improve the range and energy efficiency of their electric cars? Tesla makes its Solar Roof and Solar Panels technology, and Nissan also has entered the fray, selling its own solar panels … Read more

Yes, Teslas & Other EVs CAN Charge While Driving (Sort Of…) – New Video

YouTube thumbnail with me in background and the text self charging EVs are unlikely

Many people ask whether electric cars can charge up while driving along, which this video explores. The short answer is that self-charging road surfaces and physics-defying dynamos won’t really work, but integrated solar panels and improved regen braking will help… a bit. This video explains the benefits and shortfalls of regen braking, and looks at … Read more

Tesla Not Showing Other Cars and Vehicle Visualizations are Missing

A Tesla screen with no vehicle visualizers being shown

One of the most exciting things about Tesla upgrading to Full Self-Driving (FSD) mode over the Enhanced Autopilot was the ways in which it enriched the vehicle visualizations that appear either on your main touchscreen and/or on the instrument cluster depending on which model you’re driving. In particular, it was the release of FSD Beta … Read more

Why Your Tesla Can’t Charge At a Supercharger & How to Fix This

A charging equipment not ready error from Tesla

Tesla owners are doubly lucky in that they typically drive cars with a longer single-charge range than most other EVs out there, but also because they have access to the Tesla Supercharger network, something not yet available to all EVs — although that development is supposedly on the way. Currently, in the US, there are … Read more