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New Nissan EV Driver Etiquette guide establishes best practices for EV drivers

A new guide from Nissan shares the best practices for EV drivers.

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Are you a good EV driver? That's not solely measured by the percentage time you maintain your lane. It's now also to be judged by whether or not you're following the "Nissan EV Driver Etiquette" guide.

Billed as a "one-stop manual" for EV drivers, the pocket guide gives helpful tips and "features guidance on how to support fellow EV drivers and simple ways to boost confidence on the road," according to a release.

There's some good tips, like remembering not to ICE your fellow drivers and reminding folks that it's impolite to unnplug the power plug from a user's vehicle without their consent.

Without any further ado, here is the full list of tips straight from Nissan:

Sharing is caring.

Lend a helping hand by sharing your own tips on local public charging points with friends and family, or use apps and forums to pool your advice with tips from fellow EV drivers in the local area. With the Nissan Charge app, you can help everyone in the EV community by advising which points are the best, helping them to plan any necessary long journeys with ease.

Consider your fellow EV enthusiasts.

Avoid unplugging other drivers' EVs at public charging points and if you have a charging point at home, consider offering it to your neighbour in a way that is safe and compliant. 88% of people prioritise charging at home, so sharing your charging spot if needed could go a long way and might make someone's day.

Avoid ICEing and a frosty reception.

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Just as you would avoid parking at an unused fuel pump, save everyone the hassle by not parking in an EV charging spot if you don't intend to use the charger.

Just as disabled drivers need the use of designated spaces, EV drivers need their own spots to charge. If you do need to charge your electric car, be considerate and think how long you need to charge it for; at a public CHAdeMO rapid charging point, you can charge the 40kWh Nissan LEAF and 62kWh LEAF e+ from 20% to 80% in just 60 minutes and 90 minutes, respectively.

Take good care of your battery.

Avoid leaving your EV at low battery level for a long time to ensure battery capacity and minimize the impact on driving range. If possible, park in a closed tempered place.

Plan your recharge.

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If you're planning a longer journey, plot out your route first and make use of mapping services to see available charging points along the way.

Planning ahead always pays off; it goes a long way to making a lengthy trip even easier. There are some really useful tools to help you do this; the Nissan Charge app provides the price and availability of charging points in real time, allowing you to be flexible. On average, it is €2 per 100 km to charge a LEAF, so you can make the most of public charging points on the move.

Don't need much power? Leave a friendly note.

If you don't need to charge for very long at a public charging point, why not leave a nice note on the windshield or the charger for the next EV drivers to let them know how long it will take you, or at what time you are coming back.

Check your tyres and driving settings

To maximise power efficiency, switch on your car's energy-saving modes and ensure your tyres are inflated to the manufacturer-recommended level.

You can boost the efficiency of your electric car with a couple of quick steps. Choosing the appropriate drive mode is key. With the Nissan LEAF, you can choose Eco-Mode to optimise your journey, recommended for city driving. Also, Nissan's unique e-Pedal technology to accelerate and decelerate your LEAF using one pedal optimises regenerative braking and lets the car do the work. Activating the LEAF's B mode further enhances regenerative braking, providing even more energy on the move.

Explore the range of available charging options.

An electric car is like a sleeping cat; it's inactive for around 20 hours every day, so make the most of this time. Whether it's rapid public charging point, an installed wall unit at home, or a standard domestic plug, you can effortlessly charge your electric car wherever you can access mains power – just like your smartphone.

Look after your local charging points.

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Just as you would look after your charging solutions at home, take care of your local public charging infrastructure so that everyone can benefit.

The full Nissan LEAF Driver Etiquette can be viewed and downloaded here.

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The Nissan Foundation has

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The Nissan Foundation has announced a new round of grants to nonprofit organizations. The 27 organizations that benefit from the grants are located in the Southern California, Tennessee, Central Mississippi, Eastern Michigan and the New York and Atlanta metro areas.

Over its 28-year history, the Nissan Foundation has awarded more than $12 million to approximately 150 organizations that offer educational programs that inform, inspire and celebrate diversity among the various racial, ethnic and cultural groups that make up society.

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"The Nissan Foundation's singular focus from day one has been to stimulate dialogue around race relations and cultural diversity and to support organizations celebrating our differences while reminding us of our similarities," said Nissan Foundation President Travis Parman. "Our 2020 grantees have been engaging in this important, difficult, and often uncomfortable, work for many years. It's our honor and privilege to recognize and amplify their efforts."

Since it was founded in 1992, the mission of the Nissan Foundation was been "to build community by valuing culture diversity", according to a release. The Foundation was founded in response to the civil unrest that occurred near Nissan North America's then-U.S. sales operations in Southern California following the Rodney King trial verdict.

The list of 2020 grant recipients includes:

The Nissan Foundation will begin accepting letters of intent for the 2021 grant cycle in mid-October with a submission deadline of November 16. Applicants must be based in California, Georgia, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Tennessee, or Texas.

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The Audi Q4 Sportback E-Tron Concept will go into production as soon.

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Traditional or Sportback SUV? Turbocharged, hybrid, or electric? These are the dilemmas facing modern Audi buyers. Now, the company is poised to add one more variable to the mix - the Audi Q4 E-Tron.

A concept version of the Sportback was just unveiled showcasing typical Audi and E-Tron styling, but in a package slightly different than the Q3 and Q5 SUVs buyers have become accustomed to.

The new Sportback is similar to the Q4 E-Tron Concept that debuted at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Both the traditional SUV and Sportback versions are set to enter production, making it seven all-electric vehicles in the Audi lineup.

Audi Q4 Sportback E-Tron Concept

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The Q4 variants will be the first Audi models built on Volkswagen's modular electrification platform (MEB). It's this platform that will serve as the architecture for future Volkswagen Group EVs that are compact sized and larger.

Despite the fact that the Sportback looks longer thanks to its D-pillar design and horizontal splitter t the lower window edge, the two models share nearly identical measurements. They share the same 1.9-meter width and 2.77-meter wheelbase. The Q4 Sportback is slightly longer and wider with just one centimeter separating the models.

They're also technological twins. They each have two electric motors that deliver 225-kilowatts of power. All-wheel drive is standard. The models can go from zero to 62 mph in just 6.3 seconds and are restricted to a top speed of 111 mph.

Audi says that the model can go up to 310 miles of range (WLTP) when equipped with rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive models have a 279-mile range (WLTP).

The interior of the models focuses on sustainable solutions to traditional appointments. The floor covering is made of recycled materials and instead of chrome-plated metal decor frames, the surfaces are covered with a high-quality multi-layer paint finish. Still, it's meant to be luxurious with four seats with integrated head restraints that are upholstered with Alcantara material manufactured and double seams stitched with thick yarn.

A list of features in the two concept vehicles includes a head-up display, 12,3-inch infotainment touch screen, and mobile phone charging cradle.

Audi is expecting the Q4 E-Tron and Q4 Sportback E-Tron to go into production next year.

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