I think the meeting was well described in the posts by gascant, TEG, oakwcj and cwerdna (and probably others to come). By my tally there were 19 Nissan visitors (including 2 PR members from LA). We had a lot more information than we could cover in the allotted time, so some upgrades/mods and "suggested improvements" were not discussed at all. However, Nissan has all the information we prepared for the meeting, including a "suggested improvements" spreadsheet based on the information gathered from the MNL forum on a post by Phil. We also had other data that was presented. We also provided Nissan with a powerpoint presentation on the upgrades/mods that was used as an appendix, because Nissan requested specific topics (EVSE, SOC, IT) for discussion. Also, one of our members (turbo3) had the presentations translated into Japanese for the visitors) and provided to them as hard copies In addition, I have met several times with the local Nissan representative to discuss the information that was not presented.
Obviously, we could not address all attendees questions/concerns at the meeting, but we tried our best. Whether the information is proprietary or not, I think the spontaneous/simultaneous comments from the audience were not conducive to getting a response from Nissan Japan. They need time to digest/understand the comments, especially when they come from several directions and rapidly.
We originally tried to restrict the discussion because of the limited time, and allow Nissan sufficient time for their questions. However, we got little response from the visitors from Japan on technical issues. Kadota-san did provide more information on the battery and other tests (water, lightning), which was already mentioned. One thing Nissan should have noticed is that there is never a dull moment at a BayLEAF meeting, and if they want comments/suggestions/answers, our meetings are the place to be.
It should also be mentioned that the Electric Automotive Association presented Kadota-san (Nissan Japan) and Mark Perry (Nissan NA) with awards for the LEAF. Also, one of our local LEAF owners generously provided the Nissan Japan visitors a gift from California that will require them to check their luggage at the airport (assuming it is not gone before they leave).
Great meeting and thank you all for coming to show your enthusiasm for the LEAF.
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on Sun Dec 04, 2011 1:00 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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