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Re: Nissan LEAF Engineering Team Visit December 3rd

Wed Oct 05, 2011 1:05 am

Looking forward to the meeting.

Love everything about the drive. Incredibly smooth at all speeds.

My top 3 Issues:
1. % SOC meter (Guess-o-meter induces range anxiety.)
2. Use and design of screen real estate. UI needs improvement on NavScreen, i.e. button placement.
3. HVAC - overly complex and automatic.

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Re: Nissan LEAF Engineering Team Visit December 3rd

Wed Oct 05, 2011 4:08 am

1. Great headroom for tall folks in the front. Sits high so I don't have to lower myself into the car.
2. Great pickup from start or when passing.
3. Good overall size for our family

1. No light for charge port. Some of us bought a magnetic motion light to put in there for illumination at night.
2. No spare tire.
3. Light upholstery that shows all dirt.
Delivered: May 3, 2011
VIN: 1467 made 3-7-11
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[purchased] as of 11-1-13: 25,000: 11 bars
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Delivery Date: 02 Sep 2011
Location: Dallas, TX

Re: Nissan LEAF Engineering Team Visit December 3rd

Wed Oct 05, 2011 8:45 am

- I actually like the effortless steering so keep this as an option!
- Dash displays, system sounds, and the Clarion graphics look very good (despite needing functional improvements)
- Carwings remote control capabilities

- Button on remote fob to open the charging door
- Since passive-heat does not exist, we need a button to force the heater off such as a VENT/ECO button that turns off A/C and heat
- Increase voice command capabilities. Examples: "find nearest charging station", "go home", "play album ______", "overhead map view"
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Leaf Number: 007344
Location: Fredrikstad, Norway

Re: Nissan LEAF Engineering Team Visit December 3rd

Wed Oct 05, 2011 11:48 am


- 100% electric drivetrain
- Perfect size, inside and outside
- CHAdeMO quick charge port


- Need another driving mode with full regen on pedal release and performance like 'D'. Or the ability to program full regen in 'D'-mode.
- HID option for high beams. Saves energy (35W vs. 55W) and has better light output and color temp.
- Heat pump for heating instead of resistance heater.

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Delivery Date: 30 Aug 2011
Leaf Number: 7355
Location: Burien, Wa

Re: Nissan LEAF Engineering Team Visit December 3rd

Thu Oct 06, 2011 12:06 am

I tried this today. Neither the dash nor the nav console brightness
control has any effect on the LEDs.
LEAFfan wrote:
highcountryrider wrote:(The LED indicators on the center console are too dim for me to see when the sun is out.)
Have you tried the 'brightness' button to the right of the 'trip' button? I have mine set to one less than brightest and it works great! You may want it all the way.
2011 Nissan LEAF™ SV trim, blue ocean, no options, accessories:
floor and cargo mats, cargo net.
Ordered on: 05/16/2011
Delivered Sept 3, 2011.
AV Dock installed.

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Re: Nissan LEAF Engineering Team Visit December 3rd

Thu Oct 06, 2011 9:13 pm

Thanks all !
Keep the comments coming. It's very informative.
2011 LEAF SL brilliant silver + QC
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Re: Nissan LEAF Engineering Team Visit December 3rd

Thu Oct 06, 2011 9:33 pm

- Quiet
- Build quality
- All electric

-Would like to know if there will be a battery refresh program

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Delivery Date: 26 Aug 2011
Leaf Number: 7904

Re: Nissan LEAF Engineering Team Visit December 3rd

Thu Oct 06, 2011 10:26 pm

1)Instant torque / quick acceleration
2)Seating for 5 (Volt got only 4)
3)Cheaper to Operate and maintain

1)The Charge Indicator, display the number of bars.
Instead of the curved bars, provide a thermo meter kind of display. The mercury level in thermometer should show the charge remaining. Show the number corresponding to top line of mercury in different color and lighted.
2)Get rid of Miles remaining display as it is misleading.
3)Ability to open the charge port from outside itself. Provide a mechanism similar to the door handle
Also button to override the timer (instant charging) should be next to the charge port outside. A small display, (same size of a digital watch) near the charge port area showing when the next charging will start and the current number of bars during charging.
[instead of the flashing lights]
4)Back design is ugly when compare with the cute front design.

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Delivery Date: 08 Mar 2011
Leaf Number: 467
Location: Brisbane CA

Re: Nissan LEAF Engineering Team Visit December 3rd

Thu Oct 06, 2011 10:34 pm


1) Pure electric so quite.

2) Zippy acceleration.

3) Love the overall body design. The rear hatch area and brake lamp assemblies are really cool.

4) Like the minimalist dashboard.


1) The trunk only has one way to open it PERIOD. On my leaf the connector came lose to the button in the hatch and I had no other way to open the trunk until I went to the dealership. Really how hard is it to have a release from the drivers area!

2) Charging timer intelligent proximity sensor I want the ability for the leaf to know its at my home station but when using public charging to bypass the timer because I have forgotten to bypass on several occasions or when some one else takes the car out its real easy to not remember to bypass and return only to find out the timer kicked in and the EV stopped or worse never got any charging.

3) Tire maintenance dash alarm does not indicate which tire. I have the alarm now and don't know which tire is the culprit so each wheel now has to be inspected.

4) The steering wheel button on the left side for the stereo select button for source & stations sticks out to far and always gets bumped or caught on my wrist or shirt sleeve.

5) Solar panel in the rear is dumb! Get rid of it unless it could to something more useful like power an exhaust fan on hot days.

6) Cargo organizer lids get knocked off and fall into the compartment on bumpy roads, Just mount a couple of short Velcro strips on the lids.
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Re: Nissan LEAF Engineering Team Visit December 3rd

Fri Oct 07, 2011 7:23 am

Smooth/quiet acceleration
Vehicle size and utility
Lowest price 'real car' EV

Basically no available CHAdeMO public charging locations
Headlight housings look too strange sticking out so much
White interior (too easy to show stains) should be dark gray

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