DarthPuppy wrote:DarthPuppy wrote:As for trust, I would trust Nissan over GM.GetOffYourGas wrote:I would vote for GM as well, but for a different reason. A good friend of mine drives a Volt, and it is clearly over-engineered. The durability of the car and battery far exceeds that of my Leaf. Now Nissan could come back and fix past engineering mistakes with the Leaf 2.0. But it's more likely that GM will get it right, since they got it right the first time and don't really have as major mistakes to correct.
I guess it depends on what you call GM's first time. I thought the Bolt was a pure BEV, not a PHEV like the Volt. But I could be wrong. That would mean their first time, discounting the EV1, would be the Spark. That was the only EV I test drove and actively disliked. And that came later than the Leaf. So I'm not inclined to believe GM is ahead of Nissan.
No, the Bolt is a BEV and not a PHEV. I refer to the Volt as their first serious *EV to market. It speaks of their engineering in terms of battery management as well as overall drive train.
I live in NY, so I never got a chance to drive the Spark EV, and have not seen any data regarding durability of the battery. Moreover, I was referring to the more objective measures such as how GM babies the Volt's battery, rather than subjective measure of how much one "likes" the car. To my knowledge, no Gen 1 Volts have exhibited any loss of electric range to date. That doesn't mean that the batteries have not degraded, of course. GM may just have kept a large enough reserve to hide any capacity loss. And in turn, I admit, that is harder to do with a BEV than a PHEV. Time will tell, of course, but at this point I trust GM to have done their homework more than Nissan.