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|The Nissan Leaf has managed to achieve the impossible; it sold out before even making its' publicly debut in America. It's not too difficult to see why; they hype surrounding this vehicle has been intense. During the annual NY marathon , it was none other than the Leaf which lead the entire Marathon, which is an event broadcasted in nations across the globe. U.S consumers are eager to obtain their own Leaf; over 13,000 automotive shoppers have already placed $99 deposits down on the vehicle.
In order to meet the needs of the huge demand, Nissan has equipped particular dealerships in Oregon California , Washington, Tennesee and Arizona with Level II charging stations. The vehicle will debut in these states initially due to the fact that they are part of the EV project which was started by a company called Ecotality and the US Department of energy in order to build public charging stations. AeroVironment is the company which will manufacture these stations. This is great news for consumers because the public stations will be able to charge up a vehicle in just 30 minutes while it takes 8 hours at home.
Oregon is one of the states that experts feel will be a viable market for electric cars. A public test drive was organized by Nissan in the city of Hillsboro which turned out to be an immense success. A plethora of people waited for their turn in order to get to get a close up look and test out the ride. Oregon is set to be one of the major test markets for electric vehicles and their charging stations.
Since the Leaf isn't a traditional car, its engine is propelled by an electric motor. The motor is a 80 kw electric motor that's powered by a lithium ion battery pack. The engine puts out a total of 107 hp and 207 lb feet of torque. One hundred miles is the distance the vehicle should last between charges but numerous factors such as driving technique, acceleration and traffic conditions all play a part in how far it can go before it needs a recharge. If you have an extremely long commute then the Leaf would probably not be a good choice.
The interior is roomy and comfortable since the battery resides on the floor under the seats. Enough space is to seat five individuals. The base model comes with come with a navigation system and works with Bluetooth smart phones. Other equipment includes keyless ignition , 16" wheels, a tilt adjustable steering wheel, cruise control and an audio system featuring six speakers and a CD player. The SL adds in a solar panel and an optional rearview camera. Safety features include an airbag system, an Anti Lock Brake System and Traction Control.
The Leaf is priced competitively at around $33k although a federal tax credit of around seven thousand dollars can be applied. It's rather exciting to be moving into a future which will include electric cars. Many of us have waited for the day when the electric vehicle would be a reality for most consumers and it looks like that day will come very soon.
The recent ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States regarding private property and a governments right to confiscate it under the principal of "Eminent Domain" has many real estate owners and investors fearing for the future of private property ownership in America. In case you are not very familiar with what has happened as a result of this court ruling , let me quickly cover the high points.
In New London, Connecticut, the local city government was approached by a large private corporation, who wanted a certain piece of waterfront land upon which to build a new commercial facility. Since New London is economically depressed and needs more jobs and more tax revenue for the city , it was decided by the local government that this new project would be of "public benefit", and therefore it should proceed. Only one problem, a number of private houses were already located on this waterfront land. All but 6 homeowners agreed to the terms of a buyout that would take their houses and demolish them to make way for the new construction.
The remaining 6 owners have fought a long, expensive legal battle just for the right to stay in their homes.
The years-long court battle finally ended with the supreme court ruling in June of 2005. It was decided by the high court that governments have the authority to confiscate private property , including businesses, for any "public purpose", even if the "public purpose" is actually a private, for profit project. Through this ruling the court has broadened the definition of "public benefit" to include any project that can increase tax revenues. This has caused an outcry in the real estate community , over the definition of "Eminent Domain" and it's original intent and purpose.
But what is "Eminent Domain"? and How is it supposed to be used? Here is how my 10 year old real estate agents licensing manual defines "Eminent Domain" (also known as "Police Power"):
"The right of government to take ownership of privately held real estate regardless of the owners wishes. Land for schools, freeways, streets, parks , urban renewal, public housing, and other social and public purposes is obtained this way. Quasi-public organizations, such as utility companies or railroads are also permitted to obtain land needed for power lines , pipes and tracks..."
Note the reference in the above paragraph to urban renewal and public housing. Prior to the 1950's, even this purpose was not considered to be a "public benefit". Up until a 1950's supreme court ruling that allowed governments to take land from so called "slum lords" in the inner cites for urban renewal projects, only roads, parks , freeways, and other truly public uses were considered eligible for the confiscation of private property under the concept of Eminent Domain.
Now, we have another court making making the police powers of the state even broader. But is there really an issue here? Are we all going to lose our house or commercial prop.