Posts by David Murray

Op-Ed: The Reality of the Plug-in Hybrid

Watching the comments section of any news story about an EV seems to have changed over the last few years. 5 years ago, most of the comments were mis-informed people or shills spouting off the usual anti-EV propaganda about them being fire hazards, or being worse for the environment than…

3 weeks ago by David Murray 187

Op-Ed: Crowd Funded Charging Stations

OK, so the reality in 2016 for most geographical locations is that the charging station business is unprofitable. The primary reason is a simple equation of the cost of the installations versus the number of customers to use the station. The customer base simply isn’t there yet, but it will…

11 months ago by David Murray 34

Used Nissan Leaf Buying Guide

I’m in the market for a used Leaf. I classify myself as a Leaf expert having leased a 2011 and now driving a 2013. We’re looking to replace another car that is about to be returned at end of lease. There are no shortage of used Leafs being advertised both…

2 years ago by David Murray 38

Are Ford’s Plug-In Energi Cars Profitable?

We’ve often heard stories about the Chevy Volt losing money for GM. And while we don’t know for sure it is losing money, Dan Akerson did state at one point: “We aren’t making much money on them, actually any money on them.” So at best, they are breaking even on…

3 years ago by David Murray 25

How To Do A PHEV Conversion Right

Years ago, before the Leaf and Volt were available, I was involved in several conversion of hybrids into PHEV. I even made this video about it back in 2010 (yep that’s me in the video). Most of the information here is obsolete now, but you can get a better idea…

3 years ago by David Murray 14

Op-Ed: Is the Nissan Leaf Really Ugly?

I want to address one of the most perplexing phenomenon I’ve ever seen. Anytime there is an article about the Nissan Leaf, whether it is on a general news website, automotive website, or even a website devoted to plug-in cars, I always see comments like this: I wouldn’t buy one…

3 years ago by David Murray 140