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Nissan Leaf



  • early74bearly74b Posts: 34
    give the service guys bad marks, my dealer needed to perform an unofficial Nissan 'campaign' (snow shield and software update) as well as some post delivery things (offset steering wheel, creaky hatch strut) and it was done right the first time as well as a loaner provided so I gave them high marks. The 'problem' however seems to stem from being overly aggressive and pricey for things that should not cost so much (i.e., rotate tires, battery pack check, etc.) versus a 'standard' non-EV car or possibly just not getting an issue fixed. If you check the mynissanleaf forum you'll see both good and bad owner reviews from current Nissan LEAF owners not unlike other makes and models. Both sides should realize that there is a learning curve so there is bound to be some issues ...
  • espo35espo35 Posts: 144
    Fair enough- I admit that I've helped a few really, nice Leaf owners (you sound like a good guy/gal). But I must say 9 out of 10 are elitist cry-babies.
    Sorry. More than almost anyone, I wish this was not the case (it costs me money!).
  • Karen@EdmundsKaren@Edmunds Posts: 5,028
    A journalist would like to speak to someone who owns a Nissan Leaf or a Chevy Volt. If you own a Nissan Leaf or a Chevy Volt and would like to share your story, please send your daytime contact information including telephone number to no later than Monday, July 9, 2012 at 10 a.m. Pacific/1 p.m. Eastern.

    Karen-Edmunds Community Manager

  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,680
    We first became aware of the issue back in May, when owners on the MyNissanLeaf forum started to report that the battery capacity gauge on their cars was showing at least a 15 percent loss in capacity.

    In one case, this had happened after just 13,633 miles and one year of ownership.

    In its official response to us last week, a Nissan spokeswoman told us there were “a few isolated cases where a very small number of consumers are reporting a one bar loss,” but that “the battery will have 80 percent of its capacity under normal use after 5 years.” -doesnt-blink
  • kevinwfskevinwfs Posts: 1
    Hybrid cars are still in the developmental stages. We get teething problems but they'll improve. Once there is a consumer base, we can expect dramatic improvements as developers will be more willing to spend on R&D. Just wait ...

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  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,680
    That won't help the American workers. Most of the hybrid stuff has to be built in 3rd World environments where there is little regulation. We are throwing good tax money away subsidizing the EVs and Hybrids.
  • EV owners in the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, what's your experience been? Please email with your daytime contact information and a few words about your experience. Please respond by Friday, November 9, 2012.

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  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,680
    Nissan launching production of Leaf in U.S.

    Washington — Nissan Motor Co. said it will begin U.S. production of its all-electric Leaf on Thursday in Tennessee as part of a $1.4 billion government loan.

    The Japanese automaker won an Energy Department loan in 2010 to build a battery plant in Smyrna, Tenn., and to retool to build the Leaf at its assembly plant next door.

    The Leaf will be built alongside the company's gasoline-powered products.

    Nissan says it is the only automaker that manufactures its own electric vehicle batteries, at the biggest lithium-ion automotive battery plant in the United States. production-Leaf-U-S-?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s
  • Kirstie@EdmundsKirstie@Edmunds Posts: 10,675
    A reporter would like to talk with a Nissan Leaf owner, or anyone seriously shopping a Leaf. If you can assist, please send your preferred contact information to by April 25, 2013.

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  • ev_curiousev_curious Posts: 1
    I purchased a used, 2011 Nissan Leaf. It's been an interesting experience! I had so much curiosity from friends that I began keeping a diary... follow along, if you're curious, too!
  • yerth10yerth10 Posts: 428
    I wonder how much will it cost to make a small 4 seater EV wagon with a 300 mile range which does not have a bonnet since the motors can be mounted on axle or wheels.

    Batteries can be mounted on the chassis, so this car can be just 130 - 140 inches in length, and with a smaller frame and lighter weight, it may need only lesser batteries. A small space of 10 cu. ft can be allotted for things at the back.

    I wish some company makes such a car and put it to market. May be they can choose another scientist name like Volta, Ampere, Watt for it.
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,680
    It will take a lot of battery to go 300 miles no matter how small the vehicle. Add that to all the safety requirements mandated in the USA. Start by calculated how many KWHs are needed just to push enough batteries around in a vehicle. You figure the Leaf is minimalist and weighs 3291lbs with a range of maybe 90 miles. I think the batteries weigh 900 lbs. So triple that and you need a frame that would hold about 2700 lbs. Not any easy task.
  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808

    As a long time Nissan owner, I get emails from Nissan regularly, and I got one this morning pointing out that Nissan has now sold 100,000 Leafs (or would that be Leaves? :D )

    I've only seen one on the road here in central PA, but I get the feeling that our terrain/weather is less than ideal for making the Leaf a practical primary vehicle for a lot of folks here.


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