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Nissan also sat up an independent global advisory board

Nissan has a handful of not so happy Leaf electric vehicle owners in the state of Arizona. The hotter the environment, the less drive time an electric vehicle's batteries can offer. Nissan has been catching significant flak over allegations that the battery packs in some of its Leaf EV's in the state of Arizona are having issues. 
 
In July of 2012, Nissan dealerships in the state of Arizona started taking $5,000 off the sticker price of the electric Leaf vehicle to sell the cars. Several Leaf owners in Arizona began complaining that the electric vehicles were losing significant battery capacity due to the hot environment.
 
Leaf owner Scott Yarosh said, "When I first purchased the vehicle, I could drive to and from work on a single charge, approximately 90 miles round trip. [Now] I can drive approximately 44 miles on this without having to stop and charge."
 
I Nissan's Carla Bailo, senior VP of research and development, stepped up and addressed Leaf owners in an open letter posted to the Leaf community at the MyNissanLeaf discussion forum. According to the open letter, several Leaf EVs were inspected in Arizona and were determined to be operating to specification and the battery capacity loss over time is consistent with their usage and the operating environment. Nissan declared no defects are found in these vehicles.
 
 
The letter also states,  "A small number of Nissan Leaf owners in Arizona are experiencing a greater than average battery capacity loss due to their unique usage cycle, which includes operating mileages that are higher than average in a high-temperature environment over a short period of time."
 
It sounds like what Nissan is saying is that losing significant driving range is normal. Most owners of the Leaf EV are going to have a hard time stomaching that claim.

Nissan has also promised more open communication with owners of the Leaf EV. The company created an independent global advisory board, headed by EV advocate Chelsea Sexton to help with customer communications and advise Nissan on strategy.

Nissan has promised that the 2013 Leaf will have a longer driving range.

Source: Autoblog



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RE: More reason -
By Spuke on 9/25/2012 9:52:12 AM , Rating: 1
I suppose batter cooling is not feasible???


RE: More reason -
By ipay on 9/25/2012 9:57:54 AM , Rating: 5
It is, but takes the pancakes longer to cook when you do.


RE: More reason -
By theapparition on 9/25/2012 10:49:49 AM , Rating: 2
Ok, I laughed at that one.


RE: More reason -
By Spuke on 9/25/2012 5:11:20 PM , Rating: 2
Oh God, I just realized why you replied like that. LOL!


RE: More reason -
By Apone on 9/25/2012 12:20:26 PM , Rating: 4
@ Spuke

That's really the issue which Nissan's VP is neglecting to address. The root of the problem is the Leaf's ill-designed battery cooling system that is contributing to the battery failures and/or reduced driving range. You'll notice the Chevy Volt doesn't have this problem because GM significantly invested in R&D to create a solid coolant-based system to keep the Volt's batteries from malfunctioning due to extreme hot or cold weather.


RE: More reason -
By Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on 9/25/2012 5:04:42 PM , Rating: 3
You mean, like the Volt, Tesla and other vehicles with liquid cooled/heated battery management?


RE: More reason -
By Spuke on 9/25/2012 5:12:19 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
You mean, like the Volt, Tesla and other vehicles with liquid cooled/heated battery management?
Yes.


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