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Nissan Leaf and AeroVironment Make Strange Bedfellows

Posted by Nancy M. -

Sat, Oct 23, 2010

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Nissan LEAF and AeroVironment Make Strange Bedfellows
By Nancy Mancias

The eco-friendly LEAF rolls into international auto shows next month in Los Angeles and San Francisco kicking off an electric revolution. Interest in hybrid and all electric vehicles are quenching a driver’s thirst to end oil dependency, giving an alternative to years of gas-guzzling SUVs and Hummers.

Unlike the Hummer which got 14-mpg on city streets, the LEAF is estimated to get 116.1 miles on a single charge, but similarly to the Hummer the Nissan LEAF has a binding partnership with military contractors in supporting U.S. oil wars abroad.

Military contractor AeroVironment, which is partnering with Nissan, will produce and install the LEAF’s home-charging systems. AeroVironment provides the Department of Defense (DoD) with drones (remotely piloted vehicles) in Iraq and Afghanistan. The company landed a $17M contract with the DoD to provide logistical and training support for its Puma drone.

How is it that a multi-million dollar military contractor AeroVironment landed a deal with Nissan to facilitate home charging set up for the new “eco-friendly” LEAF?

The U.S. has spent years occupying Iraq and Afghanistan as part of its so-called war on terror. Billions of U.S. taxpayers monies have been poured into the occupations and military contractors have made a killing.

It’s time for Nissan to turn over a new leaf and promote companies which are part of the green movement, not part of the military industrial complex.

If you’re going to Go Green, Go Green All the Way & Stop Military Contractors from Green Washing!

Call Nissan today and tell them to drop its contract with AeroVironment (615) 725-1000

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  • Walter

    This article isn’t fair at all. AeroVironment isn’t a standard “military contractor”. Yes, they produce UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) that help save the lives of our military men and women who place their lives on the line every day to defend our freedoms by providing them with critical intelligence. But, they also have multiple divisions within the company that are focused on helping to protect our environment with green technologies like fast chargers for electric cars, windmills for city buildings, solar water pumps, etc.

    Don’t attack a company without telling the whole truth.

  • micro

    Aerovironment has a ~35 year history of being involved with green technology. Look them up. They were green before green was cool.

  • Ptrlambert

    I do not feel the content of your article is accurate. Yes AeroVironment has military contracts for UAV’s most are for recon and save lives on both sides the the combat field. All of there products do not directly consume fossil fuels. In fact if you checked you will see that they prectically invent solar power for cars, and planes…Their latest product for the military is a global observer UAV that is fuel by Hydrogen…
    I think you might have researched more then enough to meet a deadline.
    In the end you need to also state the fact that all the electric car is doing for the enviroment is centralization of the tail pipe and in the end most power generation in this country comes from several sources of fosil fuels.

  • http://www.radiofreeisrael.com Madaline Ringo

    Keep up the great posts!

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