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Another problem surfaces for Leaf owners  (Source: Nissan)
EV won't start sometimes

Green 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 the U.S.

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. 

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All those Leaf buyers
By cknobman on 4/11/2011 1:39:25 PM , Rating: 2
are shaking their heads saying to themselves "I should have bought a Prius!!!!"

RE: All those Leaf buyers
By gregpet on 4/11/2011 1:42:34 PM , Rating: 1
"I should have bought a Volt!!!!"

There, fixed it for you...

RE: All those Leaf buyers
By Flunk on 4/11/2011 2:13:46 PM , Rating: 1
I don't know about that. I'd rather have issues starting my car than stopping it. Recall the regenerative breaking issue?

RE: All those Leaf buyers
By Alexvrb on 4/11/2011 9:24:17 PM , Rating: 2
Now, now, stopping just costs you efficiency even in a fully functional hybrid with working regenerative brakes. It's best to just blaze through red lights and stop signs.

RE: All those Leaf buyers
By mmatis on 4/12/2011 9:31:19 AM , Rating: 2
Hey, stopping isn't a problem. Just look for something cheap to run into. Smart people also make sure the vehicle they are driving is HEAVIER than the vehicle they are going to hit...

RE: All those Leaf buyers
By 0ldman on 4/12/2011 10:39:56 AM , Rating: 2
shoulda bought a horse...

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