TomT wrote:Seriously? That's their reason? I can't remember ever gauging acceleration by watching a speedometer! And I'd be fearful of anyone who was rather than watching the road!
I was, at first, strongly in the analog speedometer camp, but after years of driving cars with digital speedometers, I have reversed my opinion and now prefer digital. I have found it is actually faster and easier to interpret than an analog display.
Having had both, I'll disagree with you. Analog-style speedometers are much easier to read. I much prefer the one on my eGolf to the one the Leaf had.
The top of my eGolf's speedo is 50 MPH; so as long as I can see the needle is at the 12 o'clock position, I know I'm going 50, or approximately 50. It's so ingrained in my brain that when I get into my Golf Alltrack, with an identical dashboard, I have to be careful because the 12 o'clock position on that car's speedometer is actually 80, not 50.
If you noticed, a lot of high end cars now have faux analog gauges that are little more than a computer screen facsimile of the real thing. But the interface still looks (somewhat) analog. So the consumer preference seems to lean more towards analog (or at least analog-looking) than a full digital readout.
Blue Ocean 2012 Leaf SV, lost that 1st bar on 11/21/2015 at 26,435 miles.
Lease returned on 12/23/2015. Final LeafStat figures: 225 Gids, 17.44 kWH, SOC 91.89%, SOH 82.36%, 69.49% HX, 54.57 Ahr, battery temp 61.8 F
Now driving a 2015 VW eGolf SEL