"At the risk of sounding like an ass, you complain about what Nissan is not doing... Are you yourself doing anything proactive to help the public infrastructure come to fruition faster?"
I wouldn't say you sound like an ass, JD, if that was your meaning...
I posted this as a "suggestion" for Nissan, because I think their apparent expectation of DC fast charging (there is a reason we are ordering the L3 option-right?) is not materializing, as expected. And if they Want the LEAF to be a commercial success in the USA, I think they should take note of the market situation now emerging.
As far as my contribution, I am hoping (by driving one) to illustrate the fact that EV's are not just for the stereotyped trendy subsidy-seekers, but also a public benefit for the nation as a whole. And to do that, EV's need the range that only distributed fast-charging can provide. For my extended opinion, see:http://anewscafe.com/2010/04/23/2010-no ... he-planet/
"...Gasoline and diesel have been the primary vehicle fuels for the last century. High energy density means they are excellent energy storage mediums, allowing for low fuel weight and a long range between fill-ups. Unfortunately, each pound of fuel burned produces about three pounds of CO2 pollution. ..
Another option will soon be available - Electric Vehicles (EVs). We're stretching the 2010 date a bit here. Several practical (with ranges of 100 miles or more and prices of $35,000 and less) electric vehicles will hit the market within a year, but we may have to wait a little longer to get the fast-charging infrastructure to 'fill-up' on the road here in North California. But you can start thinking, and planning, now."