EVDRIVER wrote:I think they just know they are locked into issues until they get a properly cooled pack, until they the LEAF will remain crippled for longer trips and have capacity issues.
The Leaf is a commuter car. Designed for minimum fuss, bother and cost for an electric commute, and family around town. Reliable.
Want to pay more and get a road trip car? Go ahead, pick a different car. Want a car with a faster 0-60 time? Go ahead, pick a different car. Need a car with space for more people? Go ahead, find a different one. Rear wheel drive? All wheel drive? I'm OK with the limits of the Leaf. Other people are not, fine.
I hope that the range of electric car choices expands rather than contracts. I'm happy the Leaf doesn't have a TMS, as for commuting the battery pack is properly cooled most places. Less weight, bother, energy use. Yes, the Leaf is not properly cooled for road trips, especially in the summer. For me, these have been fairly rare. My battery has been above the temperature that a TMS would set as the high limit only a few days.
Every design has trade-offs. A TMS adds cost, weight, energy use, reduces reliability, and probably gives me (and other people in cool climates) a shorter battery life with the same battery chemistry. No thanks.
As more electric car models come on the market, you will hopefully have a choice that fits your needs better. I hope I don't lose choices.