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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 dgingerich on 9/25/2012 3:17:25 PM , Rating: 2
I wish I was wrong, honestly. I know for certain that a person getting either the electric/hybrid vehicle credit or the education credit will get that extra money in the form of a tax refund.

Take a certain person who both went to college (finishing a pre-law degree) and got an electric vehicle. Without the tax credits, he would have qualified for $813 as a tax refund. With these two credits, he got a $10,813 tax refund, and ended up with paying an actual amount to federal taxes of a whole $13 for the year. Essentially paying a tax rate of less than 0.1%. This Democrat lovin hippie (a certain cousin of mine) bragged about it for months, and about how good the government was to the people and the environment.

RE: More reason -
By Spuke on 9/25/2012 5:19:44 PM , Rating: 3
That's not a tax CREDIT, that's a rebate. Two difference things. Sorry dude but tax credits NEVER give you cash. PERIOD!!! There ARE rebates on EV's in certain states. Look it up! The IRS's website explains how tax credits work. You can even look up how the individual credits work (some you can carry over to the following year).

RE: More reason -
By bah12 on 9/25/2012 5:49:12 PM , Rating: 2
Regardless of which is correct, the fact is $7500 is lost in Tax revenue. Which is the point, every one of these POS cars cost the tax payer money. Be it from a refund or lost revenue, it still costs us money.

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