This is the best argument I've seen yet for waiting a year before buying the car! I don't want the manufacturer deciding for me that I mustn't accelerate hard! As a long-time EV driver, I KNOW that hard acceleration shortens range, and gentle acceleration extends range. I want to have the CHOICE whether to spend some of my range on acceleration. Driving the car constantly hard is a bad idea. But having the capacity enables safer merging.efusco wrote:Assuming that the available power and capability of the motor can give you a 0-60 of 8 sec., Nissan's testing might show that "normal" drivers tend to accelerate hard enough that it has a negative impact on real world range. Negative press about range could kill this car before it gets started. If reports start surfacing of people running out of juice at 60 miles Nissan will have a serious problem after "promising" 100 mile range.
So, if they govern the acceleration rate to 'encourage' drivers to drive more conservatively and thus are better able to stretch the range close to the 100 mile mark that's one issue they don't have to worry about.
I think it'll be a balancing act...and others here may be right that 15 seconds is too long, but 12 seconds or so may be where the compromise comes. It really depends upon what Nissan decides to do I think.
Instead of limiting acceleration, they should teach drivers what kind of driving will enable them to achieve 100 miles.
Actually, I don't expect that they will limit acceleration merely to extend range. They've made it clear that the 100 mile range is based specifically and uniquely on the LA<whatever-it-is> test protocol.