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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 Darkskypoet on 9/25/2012 11:51:02 AM , Rating: 2
Don't drag the volt into this. Have you ever driven a Chevy Volt? I spent a day tooling around in one... Seriously, to anyone who has driven a Volt, you sound like a moron when you compare a Cruze to a Volt... It has more right being called a Cadillac Volt as opposed to a Chevy Volt. Fit, finish, trim, etc. The Cruze is no where even close.

Further, the fact that it has an ICE inside of it kinda debases your claim that it is a non-ICE version of the Cruze... Sigh.

Bash away at government subsidies all you want, but unless you have a a slight fraction of a morsel of a particle of a clue about the Volt, don't slam it till you've driven one. Its a really nice f**king car, and like most halo products its expensive but a damn impressive tech demo. If I could've gotten a better financing rate out of GM (they don't do 0.9% on Volts. no incentives, nothing) I'd have gone that way over the TDI I bought instead.

*note: I used to just like the Volt from a tech side of things, then decided I had to go and use it to see for myself. I totally recommend finding a GM dealer and just having fun for an afternoon with one. We drove 30km on like 1/4 of its electric range, and in sport mode it pulls like a mofo. The leaf is a piece of garbage in comparison.

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By theapparition on 9/25/2012 12:33:13 PM , Rating: 2
Come on now. This is basic Internet 101. Bash products you've never actually used.

I'd wager that most foreign car lovers haven't driven a modern domestic car lately to see the drastic change in quality. It's always the typical, well I had a Ford Pinto once, so I'll never own a Detroit car again.

Or that most Apple fanboys haven't touched an Android phone (and vice versa) and want to criticize the others choice just because it doesn't line up with their "winning" team.

I could go on, but you're right. The Volt is really nice. I was once on a waiting list for one, and then dropped off when the official announcement was made. Went from decent styling to bland mobile. But after driving one, I was pretty impressed at how tight the entire package was. Anyone thinking it's an expensive Cruze has no idea what they are talking about (just like those who think an EVO is an expensive Lancer). And the automotive press agrees, awarding the Volt more awards than any other car last year.

Yeah the price is high, and can't be justified by many. I'll concede that point.

RE: More reason -
By Dr of crap on 9/25/2012 2:24:54 PM , Rating: 2
The Volt could be the best damn driving car out there, and it still has a problem.

I'm not disbuting the fact that it might be a good/fun car to drive.

Here's the problem. It has batteries that will propell it about 35 miles, let's not get into the range debate. So if you only drive a few miles in town, you don't need gas. Everyone gets this.

If you drive farther the gas engine starts and this propels you down the road, let's not get into the debate about driving by engine or battery power AFTER battery depletion.

So if you drive a lot, and you get over 35 miles the Volt really doesn't benefit you since on gas power you get about 35mpg. (do we need the exact number?) If you drive farther than 35 miles you don't really get the beenfit of NOT needing/using gas.

So there really is a small niche of drivers that benefit from this EV/hybid called the Volt. AND they threw a lot of luxury items at it and made the price "seem" fair.

But it's over priced at best as layed out by other posters on here. Your better off buying the Cruise and paying for the gas needed and pocketing the money you saving by not buying the OVER priced Volt.

AS well as the problems of using the Volt in the high heat and the freezing temps. Maybe you think they have this figured out, but I know at -30°F that battery pack will not go 35 miles and do it everyday!

Add in the fact that the govt is giving tax breaks as well, and it's been pointed out that the majority of Volt buyers have incomes OVER $150,000 - you see WHY people pick on it and yet the PR machine tries and keeps the Volt name in the news as often as they can to sell the damn thing!

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By Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on 9/25/2012 5:11:01 PM , Rating: 2
I've had my Volt for about 13 months, and in that time my electric mileage is right around 83%. This is my only vehicle, except for my motorcycle.

It used to be 90%, but I'm in the process of moving so there's been quite a lot of ICE driving these last 2 weeks.

RE: More reason -
By Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on 9/25/2012 5:12:23 PM , Rating: 2
(actually, it's up at 89%, was looking at the wrong column, my electric mileage is ranked >83% of other voltstats drivers)

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