Stanton wrote:I think Nissan's decisions around where/when to launch were very simply based on:
1) Warm weather plus proximity to (Long Beach) port
2) Population size
Obviously, you want your initial 'wave' to see good battery performance; after that, you're trying to cluster shipments into high population areas (after all, they're trying to maximize return on the dealer infrastructure investment).
I'm in Philadelphia, lots of people here. Having lived for 20 years in northern Indiana, I can definitely say that the weather is much milder here than Chicago. Yet we're in "wave 4" (before the end of the year) whereas Chicago is in "wave 2" (beginning of August). My PD is less than 5 miles from New Jersey, a "wave 3" state.
When I rented the Hertz LEAF from NYC and drove it to my house in Philadelphia, I scoped out Nissan dealers along the route for charging opportunities. The NJ dealers are not any better prepared than the PA dealers; neither have chargers. At my PD, I actually took their mechanic who had taken the LEAF training for a ride in the rental LEAF. He'd never seen a real LEAF, but he seemed extremely knowledgeable regarding how the controls and indicators should respond and watched everything very carefully during the 3 mile course I drove. Don't know about training at the NJ dealers; I never talked to any mechanics there. A few of the people at the dealers had seen the LEAF at Philly or NY car shows, but this was the first time any of them actually got a good look under the hood or a chance to sit and/or ride in the car.
Originally I thought "service infrastructure" was the reason Nissan was rolling the LEAF out in waves, but I'm not so sure of that anymore. So far as I can see, there really is no good reason for the "waves" at this point. IMHO they should just let all of us original 20,000 reservation holders order, regardless of our location. As it is, I probably have at least 6 months and maybe 8-9 months from now (beginning of August) until I can take delivery of my LEAF. It will be painful watching those in Maryland and New Jersey who weren't part of the original 20,000 take delivery while I sit here and wait.