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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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By Spuke on 4/11/2011 5:07:49 PM , Rating: 2
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.
Ding! Ding! Ding! This was even on the news out here. So go ahead and hookup your EV's and enjoy MUCH higher electricity costs. Oh, and you know how much energy usage tier 1 is? Go outside and shut the breaker off to your house, that's tier 1. Turn breaker back on, that's tier 2.

By Alexvrb on 4/11/2011 9:31:53 PM , Rating: 2
If you don't use any lights except those powered by disposable alkalines, and you don't run A/C, electric heat, operate a fridge/freezer, TV, PC, stereo system, or video game console, and don't charge an EV or PHEV, you can easily stay tier 1. Most of the time.

"Who charged their cell phone twice today? WHO??"

By Lerianis on 4/12/2011 12:28:22 AM , Rating: 2
You have got to be kidding? There is no damned way that it could be that low...... exaggeration and hyperbole do not help you in this case.

By Spuke on 4/12/2011 11:41:01 AM , Rating: 2
exaggeration and hyperbole do not help you in this case
LOL! I was obviously joking BUT I'm not that far off. It is REALLY low though. Check the following site for the tiers.

"Nowadays you can buy a CPU cheaper than the CPU fan." -- Unnamed AMD executive
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