GerryAZ wrote:I just cannot understand why Nissan is not willing to update the software on 2018 Leafs in the USA.
My opinion is that it would be completely out of character for them. It's clear they're only interested in new sales and don't understand any link between customer good will and sales.
Here's a few things that would have cost them very little:
1) Sell 40kWh batteries for all existing Leafs
2) Heat switch for 2011/2012 Leafs (AC button?)
3) Remove battery pairing limit
4) Remove data sharing nag screen for 2011/2012 on every startup
5) Fix 12v battery drain when plugged in but not charging.
6) Fix DC to DC converter to property charge the 12v battery, especially while plugged in.
7) Bring back 80% (or configurable!) charge limiting. I'd let the user enter any value 40-100%. Is the EPA going to rate range by 40% when it's a user setting?
All of the above are firmware or business changes. Tesla rolls these out for free. Not surprising they have the fanbase they do as a result.
Ship out a USB stick or package that users can install themselves. Or do OTA. Charge a nominal fee ($49-$99) to cover costs... Make money off owners upgrading batteries.
I may sound bitter. I'm not. I got a very nice young car with low mileage for a good price. I just hate to see Nissan squander an opportunity so badly, especially when it's solving such an important issue (AGW). People are buying these 2011-3/2013 cars and getting burned.
As an software developer and product owner, I would love to work at Nissan and solve these issues. It would make the world better for a number of people.