cars are all the rage today, and are being pumped out by auto manufacturers
from all around the world. Electric vehicles get their motivation from
batteries that can be charged by a power outlet. The catch is that pure EVs of
today have limited driving range and can take a long time to recharge making
them impractical for many.
Some drivers of the Nissan Leaf, one of the few true EVs on the market today,
have previously complained that the vehicle driving distance estimation is
often very off leaving some drivers stranded on the side of the road. The Leaf
also has a confusing EPA rating of 99mpg despite the
fact that it uses no gasoline.
Nisan has announced that it is aware of a new issue in which the Leaf will
not start. According to Nissan, the complaint has surfaced in both Japan and
Nissan is investigating the cause of the start failures right now and at this
time there is no intention of a recall since the issue isn't affecting safety
of the vehicle. Reuters reports that
Nissan has tracked the problem back to the Leaf air conditioning system.
At this point Nissan isn’t sure if the issue is with a component in the AC
system or with the software. Nissan spokesman Toshitake Inoshita said,
"When we know the exact cause, we will decide whether to issue a service
bulletin, or take other steps."
So far, the Leaf has sold 452 units in the U.S. and 3,300 units in Japan.
Exactly how widespread the issue is at this point is unknown.
quote: For many people it's a lot more than $.08, and in some places it's tiered, so you pay even more as you use more.
quote: exaggeration and hyperbole do not help you in this case
quote: The argument about Tier pricing doesn't work when you're dealing specifically with EV's when many utilities in California encourage those vehicles.
quote: What you're probably thinking of is the EVSE equipment (which IMO should not cost more than $500 otherwise they are ripping you off) which is basically a fancy surge protector. I would not pay more than 2-3 grand extra at most to convert residence to handle EV charging.
quote: The point remains, TCO is not just initial purchase price.
quote: With all of those extra potential/actual costs, how the hell is owning an EV cheaper than a cheap gas car considering TCO