Find out which Hollywood blockbuster used solar power generators, Apple lets you recharge, and we test drive the Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i Miev.
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Mark Licea: Hey I'm Mark Licea and this week we test drive electric cars, Apple has a battery recharger and find out summer blockbuster movie used solar power on the set. The Green Show starts now. cnet THE GREEN SHOW Mark Licea: Battery powered electric cars are leading the stage and Cnet got some a long time with two models. Brian Cooley has more. Brian Cooley: The Leaf looks like an Nissan Versa that ate too many cookies but that means this four door with its wheels pushed way out into the corners is a spacious real world compact car. It will go about a 100 miles on a full charge, then needs eight hours on a 220 outlet, or 16 hours on a 110 outlet to completely refill its lithium-ion batteries. This LCD navigation head unit will be standard because it incorporates all kinds of EV survival tools, like a range indicator on the map, and icons showing charging stations you can get to with your remaining juice. Price on this guy will be just shy of 33 grant but that's before a $7500 federal tax credit and, potentially, 1000 more in credits depending on what state you're living. We probably want to see Mitsubishi's i-MiEV until late 2011, although real world samples are here for testing. Now this car is narrow and tall looking with a chipmunk face. It too is rated at about a 100 miles on a full charge with about the same charging times as the Leaf, but the i-MiEV is a simpler car, at least for now without the elaborate electronics in the center console and it has more Spartan build quality. Price is still a guesstimate but maybe 30 grant before the same credits the Leaf qualifies for. Now, both these cars have the magic of electric power, that transforms driving into something effortless like you've never known before, but in exchange for that you, get this nagging concern about range that never really leaves your mind. The actual range we got varied widely in each car by terrain, driving style, and whether or not we were using the heater. Add to that's the fact that places to charge are still few and far between and the 110 outlets are really just for a long, slow survival charges and you quickly get the idea that infrastructure where you live is as big a deal as which EV you buy. For the Green Show, I'm Brian Cooley in San Francisco. Mark Licea: If you haven't seen the movie Inception yet, you should and, according to Mother Nature Network, the set of the film used solar powered generators. Male Speaker: Something you should know about me. I specialize in a very specific type of security. Mark Licea: Reportedly, Leonardo DiCaprio suggested that Warner Brothers use solar power on the set and the inception of his idea became a reality. They're saying it's the Eco-friendly Hollywood blockbuster. Apple updated their iMac line last week but they also released a AA battery charger, nothing groundbreaking but the charger will shut off once the batteries are fully recharged. Apple claims the batteries will last till 10 years and you can purchase the charger for $29. That's the show for this week, I'm Mark Licea. Thanks for watching. cnet THE GREEN SHOW.