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Nissan Engineering Team Visit Dec. 3rd: Recap

Posted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 9:47 pm
by gascant
Great meeting--thanks to everyone who attended and help make it successful.
Check out the aftermath starting somewhere around Page 27 of this thread.



The SF BayLEAFs are arranging a meeting on December 3rd with members of the LEAF Engineering team from Japan. The purpose is to provide direct feedback to Nissan regarding our experiences with the car. It's also a forum for providing suggestions for improvements in both the LEAF and future Nissan EV's. Some (working prototypes) of these will be demonstrated by MNL forum members (e.g., the modified EVSE that provides full Level 2 charging). The exact time and location are still to be determined. We hope to have an impressive turnout of owners and LEAFs to demonstrate our passion for helping EVs be commercially successful.

MNL Forum members can help, whether you plan to attend (or not) by providing input on the three things you like most about the car and those that need improvement (see below). A small committee will review the suggestions and put together short presentations for Nissan. If you would like to participate in developing the presentations, please indicate same (public or PM). We'll compile the final list and publish here.

gascant:
Likes: Smooth, rapid acceleration; LED headlights; voice recognition system
Suggested improvements: Accurate SOC Meter, Driver's personal storage space, paint/finish

Re: Nissan LEAF Engineering Team Visit December 3rd

Posted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 9:53 pm
by TonyWilliams
gascant wrote:The SF BayLEAFs are arranging a meeting on December 3rd with members of the LEAF Engineering team from Japan.
Are they in California then? Or coming specifically for your event?

Re: Nissan LEAF Engineering Team Visit December 3rd

Posted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 10:06 pm
by surfingslovak
TonyWilliams wrote:Are they in California then? Or coming specifically for your event?
Thank you for creating the thread! Here is my small contribution to the list.

Like:

- 100% electric
- efficient / economical
- good acceleration

Could improve:

- slow charging is too slow (3.3kW)
- more granular charge timers (70% and 90% in addition to 80% and 100%)
- more convenient method for opening charge door

Re: Nissan LEAF Engineering Team Visit December 3rd

Posted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 10:09 pm
by LEAFfan
The OP said to pick 3 each, so what would your top 3 of each be?

Re: Nissan LEAF Engineering Team Visit December 3rd

Posted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 10:15 pm
by gascant
TonyWilliams wrote:
gascant wrote:The SF BayLEAFs are arranging a meeting on December 3rd with members of the LEAF Engineering team from Japan.
Are they in California then? Or coming specifically for your event?
They come over frequently, so we'll be catching them either at the start or end of their December trip. They change planes in San Francisco, so it's a natural stopping point.

Re: Nissan LEAF Engineering Team Visit December 3rd

Posted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 10:17 pm
by surfingslovak
LEAFfan wrote:The OP said to pick 3 each, so what would your top 3 of each be?
Thanks for pointing that out, I should have read gascant's post more carefully. Curious what others will come up with.

Re: Nissan LEAF Engineering Team Visit December 3rd

Posted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 4:53 am
by mwalsh
Likes:

100% electric
Real car
Good performance in D

Needs improvement:

Stupid, dumb, cheap dash clock
3.3kW charger needs to be upgraded to 6.6kW
Needs a third driving mode, like Mitsubishi's B mode, where you get increased regen but no performance degradation.

Re: Nissan LEAF Engineering Team Visit December 3rd

Posted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 6:39 am
by EricBayArea
In anticipation of picking up my car this weekend I know I'll want to be part of this. I am even willing to help put the presentation together so jot down my name and PM me details.

One possible suggestion for your "suggestions by others," perhaps people here should provide 3 points for 3 topics:
-Likes
-Improvements to current model
-Improvements to future models

My thought is, I've read a lot of suggestions on this forum for items that Nissan can roll out NOW in software updates, such as: update steering response algorithm for better feel (perhaps a user setting with 2 settings), allow distance guess-o-meter to show SOC % (again, as a possible user setting), 3.3kW to 6.6kW upgrade path for earlier adopters, user setting to default pedestrian noisemaker to off, ect...

I'll be providing my actual feedback after I get my car, of course ;-)

Re: Nissan LEAF Engineering Team Visit December 3rd

Posted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 6:58 am
by TomT
Improvements:

1) Improve the steering feel (over-boosted, numb, no on-center)!
2) 7.2Kw (30amp) charger
3) Better Nav/Sound/Display system WITH SOC meter

Like:

1) Operational cost
2) Quietness and smoothness
3) Size (just right for us)
LEAFfan wrote:The OP said to pick 3 each, so what would your top 3 of each be?

Re: Nissan LEAF Engineering Team Visit December 3rd

Posted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 7:12 am
by derkraut
Like:

1) Operational cost
2) Quietness and smoothness
3) Size (just right for us)

Improvements:

1) Provide remote trunk release
2) Re-work/Improve the Navigation system
3) Either get rid of Carwings, or improve its accuracy