TaylorSFGuy wrote:Let's give Nissan some time to work this out before complaining. They aren't selling the cars with a 30kwh battery through to consumers yet.
I think it's important to recognize that historically a certain amount of speaking up seems to have been required to help Nissan understand some customers' points of view a bit better and sooner.
TaylorSFGuy wrote:It is unreasonable to expect them to have focused on replacement batteries at this point. I expect something to happen. Those of us that purchased 2011 models expected that a larger replacement battery would be an option in the future. At least I did. It may not be in time for me at less than 55% usable battery capacity.
Yes, it seems at first glance understandable to ask us to wait a few months, until Nissan can get its sea legs with sales of the new 30 kWh option, until we start clamoring for more answers on a 30 kWh retrofit. However, if we consider how long it took to get a higher-range option, the lack of competitive choice in the US market (until recently) during that time period, our experience with the importance of communicating customer points to Nissan, and the ticking clock of leases coming up, I think it helps explain why some of us would ask the questions sooner rather than later.
For me, I won't say it won't be in time, but probably not. Two things have changed for me:
1) 24 kWh no longer an option, even as a compromise or just for the adventure of being involved Exacerbated by the lack of DCQC or even L2 along some of my main driving routes.
2) New vehicle (whether leasing or buying) less attractive as an option - expensive to pay the depreciation on a new vehicle. I may have to settle for something like a used C-Max Energi PHEV (has more legroom than a Volt and used ones can be had for less than $10k-$15k if I wait carefully and just drive my not-great existing gasoline car until I am ready to buy back into PEV.
TaylorSFGuy wrote:Many of you are commenting on a situation that is likely years away from being a necessity.
I think we should give Nissan some time to work through this and develop a plan. As time goes by they have an interest to be in the replacement battery business.