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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 Dr of crap on 9/26/2012 8:32:05 AM , Rating: 2
Two points -

1 - You state the EV drivers only go 70 miles per day. Know at lot of EV owners to you? I'm just joking but you're right because that's about ALL the range you can get right at the moment. A REAL reason most are not buying these EVs. And in either high heat or very cold and that 70 miles beomes less and no good for most.

2 - WHY only keep it for 5 years??? You said that there isn't hardly any maintanence, one engine, simple design so it will last more than 5 years. Why the trade in at that point????

RE: Why would anyone buy ...
By toffty on 9/26/2012 11:20:00 AM , Rating: 2
You state the EV drivers only go 70 miles per day.
This takes into account the hot/cold weather. I can drive over 100 miles if needed. I've only done it once though; agian I really never need ot drive that far.

WHY only keep it for 5 years???
My mom really wants my Leaf. Her Prius is 7 years old now. She wants to buy my Leaf when her Prius turns 10. At which point I'll pick up a new EV. Looking at the Tesla Bluestar (code name for their next sedan) or the BMW i3. I may look at the Inifinity based off of the Leaf, but that comes down to how Nissan handles this current issue.

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