Evoforce wrote:I have to give Nissan a thumbs up for providing and sticking to manufacturing EV's. I also give them a thumbs up for many of their franchised dealerships providing quick charging. When they finally have liquid TMS on their traction battery, it will be a fantastic day! Their previous cars have been well engineered (except battery), and with what I am expecting, it will finally have a well engineered, long mileage capable, traction battery with TMS. I really want them to do well.
As do I. As I mentioned in another post, I really, really like my LEAF for almost everything. Unfortunately, it weakens over time at a vehicle’s primary purpose: actually getting me someplace. That someplace has had to become nearer and nearer every year to an unacceptable level.
My opinion: Nissan has not taken advantage in any way of its first mover advantage. From an excellent, ground-breaking, market-dominant all electric vehicle in 2011-2012, Nissan added only some tweaks over the years (heat pump, faster charger, slightly better battery chemistry, fewer nag screens) and the really disappointing (at least to me) and uncompetitive 2018 range increase to only 150 miles. During that time it also removed some useful features like the button to turn off the always annoying backup beeping, and the electronic parking brake. Nissan also perpetuated LEAF weaknesses such as the ancient vintage of the maps, a horrible (to me) voice command system, and a truly non-intuitive user interface for navigation. The LEAF of today, I believe, could have been so very much more, easily a Tesla Model 3 lookalike or possibly more, had the early years’ management team decided to leverage their lead. There is always an opportunity for redemption and MY19 might be that chance for the LEAF. It is just sad that whatever that vehicle will be could probably have been done in MY16 and been a Volt/Bolt/Tesla-killer car.
And it gets worse as basic driver expectations are escalating. You can imagine many areas where a gee-whiz feature of today will become standard soon but I see at least two: In 2010 when I registered for my LEAF, who could envision vehicles from multiple manufacturers having 300+ mile ranges? Fast forward 8 years and here we are. That could mean 300+ ranges will rapidly become table stakes possibly in base configurations with optional much longer ranges. Navigation systems based on static, expensive-to-update map information more than a few months old will be phased out and instead live Waze-like current information online will be available as been done for years on smartphones and tablets making this more the norm.
It is an exciting time for electric vehicles, I think. What I have not seen unfortunately, is the will on Nissan’s part to leapfrog to a position better than a few years behind other competitors’ products. Could they come back? Certainly. Will they? Unlikely, given the glacial pace and limited scope of improvements in the 2011-2018 model years.
That said, I stilll love my LEAF...until this Thursday when I get my Model 3.