Thanks for your continued support!
And for the help many of you have provided here and elsewhere with raising issues, member recommendations, etc.
KJD wrote:How many of the LAB members drive a LEAF?
All except for Brian, who--like Darell last year--is a broadly active EV enthusiast who also brings the perspective of someone who hasn't yet been won over by LEAF/Nissan.
I'll leave it mostly to the members to share their own personal details (or not), but there is a mix of newer LEAF drivers and veterans, at least one two-LEAF household, age range of 20-something to 50-something, and a variety of families and lifestyles. Not surprisingly, professions err toward the tech side, but there are a few others in there too.
All are also well-connected within many LEAF (and other EV) groups around the world. Seven run/moderate LEAF forums and/or clubs in the US, Canada, France, UK, Norway and Japan. Most are also active on Facebook, Twitter, etc. As with the last group, the goal was to create a LAB that itself is diverse, but is also well-equipped to hear and elevate the questions and concerns of the broader community.
SilverLeaf wrote: I love my LEAF, yet am in the group who will lose their fourth bar shortly after the 60 month battery warranty expires. I expect to purchase a newer generation battery if it's available for the 2011 model year LEAF.
The most current (2015) battery will definitely be available to 2011 LEAFs; this was confirmed in the original BRP announcement. We have and will continue to ask for similar "retrofittability" for future batteries (and any larger pack sizes), and plenty of advance warning should that become not feasible at some point in the future. To date, we have only ever been told by Nissan that they will aim for this wherever possible.
We also recognize that there are some who will "just miss" the capacity warranty, and will inquire about possible compromises.
KJD wrote: The Nissan quick charge network really needs some attention...
Already within the new LAB group, this is a resounding theme-- both reliability and growing/improving the network itself--and not just in the US. It was raised in the last group but has understandably grown since, as more chargers have been deployed and have had issues, or haven't been deployed at all in some areas. We will definitely be trying to get more attention focused here. Re issues, any background info about specific manufacturers (ABB in SLC noted!), geographies, etc., or thread pointers sent via PM are appreciated!