I just don't like getting jerked around. It's been eight months since 4/20, and all I have been told is that I might see a Leaf in 2011. Nissan could do better.garygid wrote:But, you COULD wait in line, AND follow other paths, right?
Charlie: Now here's a post that really makes sense. I agree 100% with your views.charlie1300 wrote:This is all speculation, but if you want to speculate, try thinking about this from Nissan's point of view.
1. Nissan is under no obligation to make public details of their production schedule or which market those cars are destined for. In fact there is a great incentive not to make that public, because failure to adhere strictly to that schedule will cause speculation here and elsewhere that there is some serious problem with the Leaf. 20K in the USA by the end of 2011 is what we have been told, and I don't expect additional details.
2. There is significant skepticism in the general public and press that EVs are viable. Even one problem will be blown out of proportion. So Nissan needs to insure that that the initial roll out goes flawlessly, and they will be very careful to make sure there are zero problems with the first several hundred cars. This means slow production and time taken to individually quality check each Leaf. This will translate to low numbers for the first several months. See EVNOW's projected monthly production numbers earlier in this thread - seems like a reasonable projection, and it shows getting to 20K before the end of 2011. So the only projected production number that Nissan has released is still very possible.
3. Once Nissan gets to the level of confidence they want in the Quality Control of their production, they have every incentive to maximize their monthly production, since selling cars is how they make money. It is reasonable to expect at some point a big jump in monthly production, and Nissan wants badly to get to that point. But they will have goals and standards that have been designed into the roll out that need to be met first. As future Leaf owners, we should be happy that Nissan is sticking with their standards to insure that we get a quality car.