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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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Reality check
By Beenthere on 9/25/2012 10:03:50 AM , Rating: 3
First of all, all batteries lose performance with an increase in temperature. Second people should know by now that driving style has a significant influence on mpg in gas engines and battery life in EVs. If you don't know the above, you're technically illiterate and should read your Owner's Manual before going "postal" over a drop in mpg or battery life in very hot weather conditions like experienced in AZ.

BTW, I don't recommend EVs to anyone except for city driving. A 90 mile daily commute is asking a lot of an EV without a charge while it sits parked at work.

RE: Reality check
By Dr of crap on 9/25/2012 11:02:09 AM , Rating: 2
Your assuming that the average person is THAT smart.
And that's why even with gas at $4 and everyone is compalining about it, they still drive at 70 mph plus on a 60 mph road. You can't teach common sense!

To quote George Carlin -
Think about how stupid the average person is, and realize that HALF of the population is stupider than that!

RE: Reality check
By bill.rookard on 9/25/2012 11:48:54 AM , Rating: 2
No kidding. I drive around at somewhat normal speeds (70-75 on the freeway) and I can't tell you how often I see Prius drivers tooling (pun intended) around at 80-90mph or more. I really want to slap them around cause those eco-responsible vehicles are still subject to the laws of physics where the air resistance goes up with the square of the velocity.

That means the gas mileage drop precipitously the faster you go - but they just think their 'green mobile' magically avoids that problem.

Oh - and love the George Carlin quote... and it's true.

RE: Reality check
By DiscoWade on 9/25/2012 12:26:43 PM , Rating: 2
I always think of those big SUV's loaded to the max and then some stuff on top speeding by at 80+ MPH. On very long trips on I-95, I would often see the same SUV pass by me several times speeding. They had to stop for gas. The net result is you are saving little time and spending a lot more money. I see this a lot when I travel to Florida on I-95.

RE: Reality check
By FITCamaro on 9/25/2012 12:57:02 PM , Rating: 2
Unless you notice several cars over the course of multiple days, its doubtful you see the same car pass you more than twice. More likely they're getting off to let kids go to the bathroom, get food, etc. I do 75-78 on 95 going to Florida.

Even my GTO when I had it could make it to Orlando on a single tank of gas (almost exactly 400 miles).

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