The Technology Review has an interesting report out about how the all-electric Nissan Leaf will be helping transition drivers from a gas-based fuel infrastructure to an electric one. It is particularly interesting to notice how email, mobile and location-aware applications become part of a user’s interactions with the car:
“The Leaf’s dashboard display will show remaining battery life, the location of charging stations, and which stations are within range. When the car gets low on power, the driver can put it into a “limp” mode so it drives at the most-efficient speed to ensure it gets there.”
Once the driver plugs a car into a charging station, Nissan sends e-mail updates on how the charge is progressing, and when it’s done. And finally, the owner can use a mobile device to switch on the car’s electric air-conditioner or heater before detaching it from the charging station, so as not to waste battery life after pulling away.