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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 JediJeb on 4/12/2011 12:46:45 PM , Rating: 2
All valid reason to dislike the Leaf. Cost? No, cost is not an issue thanks to those Federal Rebates.

Do they just hand you that cash at the time of purchase and take it off the bill, or is it a rebate that is applied to your total taxable income as a deduction?

For many it is the initial outlay that makes an EV cost prohibitive. For some it is more economically feasible to pay more over the life of the car than to be hit with more over a short period of time. Why doesn't the government just pay the car company the rebate amounts and let them take the price of the car down at the initial sale?

Of course the other problem I have with it is that I am paying for part of the rebate every time someone buys one of these. Plus if I wanted to buy one, they are not even for sale in my area, so I can't even take advantage of something that my taxes are funding.

By Spuke on 4/12/2011 2:43:41 PM , Rating: 2
Do they just hand you that cash at the time of purchase and take it off the bill, or is it a rebate that is applied to your total taxable income as a deduction?
It's a tax credit.

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