Posts Tagged ‘nissan’

Scoot Quad Microcars on the Streets of San Francisco – Six Dollars for a Half-Hour of Mobility

Monday, November 7th, 2016

First there was the Renault Twizy:

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As seen on Page:

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And now there’s the highly similar Nissan Quad:

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Race them if you want to:

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All the deets:

Scoot Quad
A Scoot Quad is a mini electric car that can carry two people. Say hello to the Quads and get ready to explore the city in a whole new way.

Performance
• Top speed of 25 MPH
• Range of 40 city miles

Sustainability
• $1 of electricity to fill ‘er up from a normal wall outlet
• Gets the equivalent of 250 MPG (after doing the math to convert the electrical energy to dirty gas equivalent)
• Produces 6% of the CO2 per mile of a car (including the emissions from the power plants that make the electricity)

Details
• US drivers license and Scoot membership required
• Carries two people — that’s what the backseat is for!
• No freeways, bridges, or roads with speed limits over 35 MPH

Pricing
• Quads are $6 up to 30 min, 20¢ per minute afterwards.

VIPUBER: Did the CA DMV Give This Uber Bro a Metal Tab for His License Plate to Class Up This Black Nissan?

Friday, November 4th, 2016

To clarify:

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Now here’s what the gov’mint has to say on the topic:

So you might think that Travis talks out of his asphalt or that he really spreads a lot of the bituminous around or that UBER is garbage operation, but aside from that, help me out here Gentle Reader – can just anybody get a bad-ass looking metal tab from our DMV?

I gots to know.

Supervisor Scott Wiener’s Transportation Issue – Shamed by Stanley Roberts – Potential Senators Behaving Badly?

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Obviously, Supervisor Scott Wiener needs a driver to squire him around Frisco (and the very small slice of San Mateo County what he pretends to actually care aboot these days, eh?).

So here’s two strikes earlier this year – driving and double parking, as reported by former ValleyWagger Kevin Montgomery:

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Of course, if I were Scott Wiener, I’d be all, “Man, I don’t even own an aging silver Nissan.” Or something. But no, he simply ignored this situation.

Or I would have taken these incidents as a wake-up call. And then have gotten a volunteer to drive me to my daily engagements.

But no – so here comes well-known KRON-TV’s Stanley Roberts, of People Behaving Badly fame:

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Now this sitch here I don’t understand, you know fully:

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Perhaps Scott Wiener should clear things up for us, you know, explain what his issues are here. (IDK, maybe somebody stole his Nissan and then parked it here – who knows. Or maybe he was so busy texting that he doesn’t really know what he’s doing IRL anymore.)

But why would such a sanctimonious “urbanist” even own a car in the first place, in Frisco of all places?

“W: What I will say is my perspective is neither the SFMTA or SFPD takes double-parking seriously. And I don’t say that lightly. I’m a fan of both agencies. I work with them. I believe SFPD and SFMTA are committed to Vision Zero. There are some really good people within SFPD who do want to see it happen. But double parking is one area where both agencies have just failed… it’s private automobiles, it’s taxis, it’s garbage trucks… it’s an unending situation. They cause traffic jams, they block Muni, they block the bike lane, it undermines our entire transportation system and makes our streets more dangerous. It is one of my significant frustrations.”

Scott Wiener – sell your car or get a driver.

ENDOFLINE

 

Cashing In on Paul Walker

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

More trouble for VW.

And yet he’s still making more money than you:

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This case is similar to those against Asiana and Boeing for Flight 214, in that seat belt design might have played a very small role. Perhaps these seat belts could have been designed better, I don’t know. Perhaps we’ll find out after trial or, more likely, this case will settle for a couple million and we’ll never hear about it again…

Mile Rock and a Freighter Full of Japanese Cars – Roll On, Roll Off

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Somehow, it still makes sense to get our cars from high-cost Japan.

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Cars roll on this ugly Chronus Leader ship in Japan and roll off in the east bay or the north bay.

T’was ever thus.

The Street-Legal Golf Carts of Pacific Heights – An $11,000 GEM e4 Neighborhood Electric Vehicle – Is This The Future?

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

How some people are living in the 94115:

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IDK, I think I’d rather have a Nissan Versa, which of course would not make a good golf cart

Traffic in the Fast Lane of the 101 Freeway in Silicon Valley: Tesla Model S, Tesla Model S, Nissan Leaf

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

The Model S and the Leaf are the two most popular all-electric cars in Silicon Valley these days, with the very expensive and taxpayer-subsidized Tesla being the more common sighting.

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A Rare Nissan Skyline Seen in the Bay Area – What Explains Its Presence Here?

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

I’ve seen a few Nissan Skylines in America, but never one of such a recent vintage.

Is this thing a daily driver? It seems that way

Remarkable!

Ah, the Simple Pleasures of Being Poor Enough to Live in the Projects But Rich Enough to Afford a Nissan 350Z Sports Car

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Now myself, I’m too rich to live in the PJs but too poor to be able to afford a nice toy like a newish Z-Car.

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Oh, and look, free parking!

Remember, Transit First.

Ooh Nice One, Goldman Sachs! CODA Automotive in Bankruptcy Today – The Bay Area’s OTHER Electric Car “Factory”

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Read the news and turn the pages.

I remember seeing CODA Automotive’s first SFMTA bus stop ad back in 2010. I thought, “Man, what a turkey.” That’s the year I started the DeathWatch.

This whole CODA concept appeared to be another big fat loser from Goldman Sachs and that’s exactly what it turned out to be.

Oh well.

Ah memories, memories from 2010:

Whatever You Do, DON’T Put $499 Down on the $45K, Mostly Chinese, All-Electric Coda Sedan

I’ll tell you, the Mitsubishi Carisma didn’t exactly slay the European market when it went on sale a decade and a half ago. Simply, it wasn’t popular. Then a regional car maker in China tried to take the design from Mitsu and make a version to sell to the Chinese in 2005. It wasn’t popular there neither, even at a price of just $10,000. It, as they say, “lacked quality to make a mark” in the Chinese market. O.K. then.

Well, they went and took out the gas engine and fitted it with a big heavy battery and a lightweight motor and that’s how we’re getting the 2011 Coda Automotive Sedan at a price of, wait for it, Holy Toledo, $44,900. That’s the news of the day, 45K, officially.

Should California and the feds give you tax credits to buy this thing if all Coda Automotive is going to do is raise the price sky high?

What a POS this thing is. Just look at it. In some ways better, and in some ways worse than your sister’s ’94 Honda Civic:

Now, they’re going to have a showroom in the bay area soon and they’re going to let you take a test drive starting next month. Fine, test drive the thing, I don’t care. But don’t give them a deposit, don’t encourage them.

All right, what about the all-electric Nissan LEAF, the Coda Sedan’s arch-rival? The LEAF is better and cheaper.

Here’s what an overly-excited CODA fan was saying about the LEAF last year:

“It’s an alien-looking buggy with small wheels and no nose that won’t look like a real car to American buyers”

Uh, no, that’s incorrect. Sorry.

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Hey, here’s a question:

Why is the LEAF so much cheaper than the CODA?

Yes the CODA has a big trunk that the LEAF lacks but so what. (The CODA  has small rear seat area because of that big trunk, so oh well.)

Uh oh:

“More ominously for the company, the sedan is more expensive than the Nissan Leaf, which will retail for $32,800 before incentives. Put another way, the Leaf is almost as cheap before incentives as the Coda is after incentives. And Nissan has a well-known brand name and  years of automotive experience.”

Here’s another question:

Why does the CODA cost so much more than the Chinese design it’s based upon?

Here’s another question:

How on Earth can people call the CODA an American car if the bulk of it, the glider (basically the entire car except for the battery/transmission) is made in one factory in China and the giant battery is made in another factory in China? What’s that, you wait for the boats to arrive in L.A. County Contra Costa? Solano?, Alameda? (one of them counties anyway) and then slap the battery and various whatnots inside the glider and that’s your “final assembly” in America? I cry foul.

Let’s face it, the Coda Sedan is a Chinese car, whether you like that or not.

Maybe a $45k electric sedan seemed like a good idea last year, but this thing is looking like a clunker already. That’s why people are saying that it, “may be a tough sell.”

Now, speaking of tough sells, let’s look at some of the marketing we’re getting from the CODA people. Go ahead, click and read along:

Electric agility

“The CODA might be the most agile car you’ve ever driven.”

Nope!

“Do you know the feeling of stomping the pedal and waiting for the car to build speed? Those days are over. The experience of driving a CODA is completely different.”

Well, I know what a Chevy Chevette Diesel automatic is like. It’s slow, with a o-60 time of 20 seconds plus. I know your CODA is quicker than that, but is the experience of driving the thing “completely different” from other cars? Nope.

“It’s small, energy-dense UQM PowerPhase® electric motor packs a punch, and weighs hundreds of pounds less than internal combustion engines.”

How can a motor be “energy-dense?” Shouldn’t you be talking about the energy density of the battery instead? Speaking of which, how much does the battery weigh? Isn’t that the more salient aspect?

“So whether you’re standing still or moving at a good pace, you’ll get instant torque and acceleration when you need it.”

You’re selling an electric car on this basis? Isn’t the CODA slower than the average car being sold today? Yep.

All right, caveat emptor.

All the deets, after the jump

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