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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: Why would anyone buy ...
By dgingerich on 9/25/2012 3:22:16 PM , Rating: 2
Anyone who would buy a hybrid or electric vehicle in Arizona, or any place with a long period of consistent temps over 95F, is a fool. Batteries degrade with high temps, and if the ambient temp is too high, no amount of added cooling is going to help.

It's not Nissan's fault they're making such a bad decision. It's not their fault some people are just too stupid.


RE: Why would anyone buy ...
By Qapa on 9/25/2012 6:29:34 PM , Rating: 2
Not really, there is battery warranty... of 5 years or so, and some statement that it should retain 80% of battery after 10 years.

So, up to 5 years, whenever the battery is under 80% of full operating capacity (when "currently fully charged"), then Nissan should, under warranty provide a new battery. Period!

No conditions on "how the car was driven" since that is not in the warranty.

No conditions on "where was the car located was too hot" since that is not in the warranty.

But still, here in Europe, I tried to ask about that specifically and got some vague answers... either they back it up, or they should not have such warranty. If they have it, they should be made to comply with it! Period! And that weighted in for not buying the Leaf... among price...


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