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Re: Open Letter from Nissan, September 22, 2012

Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:26 am

The only LEAF sales you hear about now-a-day is due to cheap 2 year lease deals. I assume that the fire sale lease deals represent a loss of money to Nissan and are not going to be sustainable month to month. So when this fire sale dries out, so will sales figures. People are only leasing with intent to dump at the end of the lease, not to keep. So that doesn't reflect confidence in the company or the car anymore. Definitely don't hear about anyone dumb enough to buy anymore, even with hefty discounts.

Nissan has already managed to self-stamp a big LOSER sign on its own forehead. The longer they keep quiet and not come up with a battery remedy solution, the more this LOSER stamp turns into an irreversible tattoo.

At this point, not too many people care anymore, because this horse has already been beaten to death. Nissan's continued inaction has already spoken for itself. Benefit of the doubt is long gone.

By now, people are saying "Let's move on and let Nissan hang themselves." It's time to consider other car brands. Enough said.
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Re: Open Letter from Nissan, September 22, 2012

Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:30 am

I went to the local Toyta dealer for a plug in Prius. Just to see one, and was told they would never have one here in GA to sell. Even if I special ordered it.

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Re: Open Letter from Nissan, September 22, 2012

Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:45 am

Volusiano wrote:The only LEAF sales you hear about now-a-day is due to cheap 2 year lease deals. I assume that the fire sale lease deals represent a loss of money to Nissan and are not going to be sustainable month to month. So when this fire sale dries out, so will sales figures. People are only leasing with intent to dump at the end of the lease, not to keep. So that doesn't reflect confidence in the company or the car anymore. Definitely don't hear about anyone dumb enough to buy anymore, even with hefty discounts.

Nissan has already managed to self-stamp a big LOSER sign on its own forehead. The longer they keep quiet and not come up with a battery remedy solution, the more this LOSER stamp turns into an irreversible tattoo.

At this point, not too many people care anymore, because this horse has already been beaten to death. Nissan's continued inaction has already spoken for itself.

By now, many people are already taking the attitude of "'nuff said, let's move on and let Nissan hang themselves." It's now time to move on to other car brands.
not sure i can agree with this.

** you say this like Nissan is the only one offering great lease options. other than Tesla and Toyota, EVERYONE is doing it.

** i think the average consumer overestimates their driving need especially if they are a 2 car household. driving a limited range vehicle should open their eyes to reality

** I also think consumers are really unaware of how cheap an EV really is to operate.

i think Nissan is building a great future market. they only need to get the right vehicle into the right price point. keep in mind; a returned EV on a two year lease with a new battery pack is still a valuable asset. one that can be re leased several times. i think this is going to be a new arena of the automobile industry that will be controlled by a new arm of Nissan America where they solely deal in refurbished plug ins.... but then again; i dream a lot ;)
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Re: Open Letter from Nissan, September 22, 2012

Thu Nov 08, 2012 11:11 am

I highly doubt that Nissan will freshen the battery packs on the returned leases.

I mean, they say they are perfectly fine, so why would they? If you don't believe me, just ask Nissan.

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Re: Open Letter from Nissan, September 22, 2012

Thu Nov 08, 2012 11:16 am

DaveinOlyWA wrote:
Volusiano wrote:The only LEAF sales you hear about now-a-day is due to cheap 2 year lease deals. I assume that the fire sale lease deals represent a loss of money to Nissan and are not going to be sustainable month to month. So when this fire sale dries out, so will sales figures. People are only leasing with intent to dump at the end of the lease, not to keep. So that doesn't reflect confidence in the company or the car anymore. Definitely don't hear about anyone dumb enough to buy anymore, even with hefty discounts.

Nissan has already managed to self-stamp a big LOSER sign on its own forehead. The longer they keep quiet and not come up with a battery remedy solution, the more this LOSER stamp turns into an irreversible tattoo.

At this point, not too many people care anymore, because this horse has already been beaten to death. Nissan's continued inaction has already spoken for itself.

By now, many people are already taking the attitude of "'nuff said, let's move on and let Nissan hang themselves." It's now time to move on to other car brands.
not sure i can agree with this.

** you say this like Nissan is the only one offering great lease options. other than Tesla and Toyota, EVERYONE is doing it.

** i think the average consumer overestimates their driving need especially if they are a 2 car household. driving a limited range vehicle should open their eyes to reality

** I also think consumers are really unaware of how cheap an EV really is to operate.

i think Nissan is building a great future market. they only need to get the right vehicle into the right price point. keep in mind; a returned EV on a two year lease with a new battery pack is still a valuable asset. one that can be re leased several times. i think this is going to be a new arena of the automobile industry that will be controlled by a new arm of Nissan America where they solely deal in refurbished plug ins.... but then again; i dream a lot ;)
The points you made above are inclined toward arguing for the EV movement, which is not the point I'm trying to make. My point is about Nissan in particular, not about the EV movement.

I'm not saying that the EV movement is doomed. I'm only saying that Nissan's future in the EV market is doomed. Why?

1. They failed to respond adequately to address the battery issue.
2. They made the wrong decision to not have battery TMS and still continue to stick with this wrong decision.
3. People are now turning away from Nissan and Nissan is losing EV market share, despite having a head-start a year ahead of competition. This is evident in their pitiful sales figure until they had a fire sale last month.
4. Most importantly, they're losing customers' trust because they've managed to show that they don't have customers' back. This by far is the worst damaging thing they've managed to do all by themselves. Even if they come up with a technical solution a few years from now, everyone will remember how they had failed to have their customers' back and nobody wants to buy from that kind of a company anymore.
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Re: Open Letter from Nissan, September 22, 2012

Thu Nov 08, 2012 11:17 am

philipscoggins wrote:I highly doubt that Nissan will freshen the battery packs on the returned leases.

I mean, they say they are perfectly fine, so why would they? If you don't believe me, just ask Nissan.

Philip
today they wont because they dont have the packs but i dont think that anyone can really say what the EV landscape will be like in 2 years. lets go back to 2 years ago. no one predicted what is going on right now. its all new. we are not traveling any roads here because there is none. we have to build them and we are still not sure where we are going but there will be several paths to follow eventually. hopefully we won t have to wait too long
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Re: Open Letter from Nissan, September 22, 2012

Thu Nov 08, 2012 11:38 am

Volusiano wrote: The points you made above are inclined toward arguing for the EV movement, which is not the point I'm trying to make. My point is about Nissan in particular, not about the EV movement.
take Nissan out and all of a sudden the "EV movement" becomes a butt shift in your easy chair.

**edited** sorry comment came out wrong. what i am saying is there would be no movement if Nissan was not in it...Tesla you say?? that is like saying the new movement is "buying your own yacht instead of taking a Disney Cruise"
Your points about EV being cheap to operate and range anxiety is over-rated, refresh with new battery pack on lease returns, etc, is all about EV specific positives. I agree with all this.
its over rated to us because we have been living it for almost 2 years but you would be surprised at how little of this most people understand
I'm not saying that the EV movement is doomed. I'm only saying that Nissan's future in the EV market is doomed. Why?

1. They failed to respond adequately to address the battery issue.
no question on that. hope that there will be a chapter 2 on this issue. buying back LEAFs might be ok for the owners but to me it was a surrender but also a decision based on time constraints. some people had been dealing with the issue for months and although i dont personally think most would have been stranded, its still a huge weight off the mind to get it resolved. the stress level was tremendous and my heart goes out to people who had to live this day after day.
2. They made the wrong decision to not have battery TMS and still continue to stick with this wrong decision.
we know the reason they made the decision was money. but its not wrong for everyone. i dont need it and we are still trying to determine how many others dont need it either. really wish we knew exactly how much it would have cost to put it on. should it be an option for future MY's? that would be an obvious yes...
3. Customers are now turning away from Nissan and Nissan is starting to lose EV market share, despite having a head-start against other companies. This is evident in their pitiful sales figure against their own projection, until they had a fire sale last month.
easy to have a head start when running a one man race. curious as to where we would be right now had Nissan not put out the LEAF? after all, it would be crazy to think Nissan would maintain market share. as others come in, it will be diluted.


4. Most importantly, they're losing customers' trust that they are willing to have customers' back and will do things right by customers. This by far is the worst damaging thing they've managed to do all by themselves. Even if they come up with a technical solution a few years from now, everyone will remember how they had failed to have their customers' back and won't want to come back to Nissan again.
that is so wrong. people quickly forget bad events. there is no doubt that a bunch of people here; the early adopters who bought LEAFs may never come back to Nissan and they will tell everyone they know about their bad experiences but this by no means signifies the death of Nissan in the EV game. auto manufacturers have been screwing up for decades but they always seem to come back from their mistakes because they have to.

the automobile market is simply too big so Nissan will have plenty of room like everyone else will. keep in mind; there is a lot of resentment all over town with nearly EVERY EV manufacturer. there is no angel out there. not one...

what yet remains to be seen is what Nissan does with their mis-steps on the LEAF. this is no doubt a learning experience for everyone on both sides of the dollar here.

but i can assure you; they come out with a winner, all will be forgiven.
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Re: Open Letter from Nissan, September 22, 2012

Thu Nov 08, 2012 11:47 am

Volusiano wrote:...3. Customers are now turning away from Nissan and Nissan is starting to lose EV market share, despite having a head-start against other companies. This is evident in their pitiful sales figure against their own projection, until they had a fire sale last month...
Really? So what do we have for the other EVs?

October sales numbers:

Tesla Model S: 290, some trouble ramping up production
FFE: 112, a half-hearted effort if ever there was one
Mitsubishi "i": 30, they never seem to get serious about ramping up production and sales
Rav 4EV: 47, CARB compliance car limited to a few hundred per year in very limited areas
Honda FitEV: 16, CARB compliance car limited to a few hundred per year in very limited areas, lease only
BMW ActiveE: test cars only

That's losing market share? I always assumed that other EVs were going to come to market eventually. But the other EVs have a long way to go before they have significant market share compared to the LEAF. And it remains to be seen what will happen once Tennessee production starts.

While I agree that Nissan hasn't handled the hot climate problem well and wish they would do better, I do want to cut them some slack for coming up with the first mass market EV. The LEAF is a car I very much enjoy driving and it seems to work fine for many owners/lessees thus far.

Which of the other EVs do you see supplanting the LEAF in the next couple of years? The extraordinarily expensive Model S? The FFE?
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Re: Open Letter from Nissan, September 22, 2012

Thu Nov 08, 2012 12:06 pm

dgpcolorado wrote:
Volusiano wrote:...3. Customers are now turning away from Nissan and Nissan is starting to lose EV market share, despite having a head-start against other companies. This is evident in their pitiful sales figure against their own projection, until they had a fire sale last month...
Really? So what do we have for the other EVs?

October sales numbers:

Tesla Model S: 290, some trouble ramping up production
FFE: 112, a half-hearted effort if ever there was one
Mitsubishi "i": 30, they never seem to get serious about ramping up production and sales
Rav 4EV: 47, CARB compliance car limited to a few hundred per year in very limited areas
Honda FitEV: 16, CARB compliance car limited to a few hundred per year in very limited areas, lease only
BMW ActiveE: test cars only

That's losing market share? I always assumed that other EVs were going to come to market eventually. But the other EVs have a long way to go before they have significant market share compared to the LEAF. And it remains to be seen what will happen once Tennessee production starts.

While I agree that Nissan hasn't handled the hot climate problem well and wish they would do better, I do want to cut them some slack for coming up with the first mass market EV. The LEAF is a car I very much enjoy driving and it seems to work fine for many owners/lessees thus far.

Which of the other EVs do you see supplanting the LEAF in the next couple of years? The extraordinarily expensive Model S? The FFE?
You're only looking at the narrow EV market. Don't forget to look at the PHEV market with the Volt, and the hybrid market with the Prius. I'm sure people turned off by Nissan don't just consider another EV only, when other semi-EV options are available like the Volt and the Prius. I'm sure there are a lot of people who consider the LEAF, learn about the battery issue and especially the way Nissan handles it, get turned off and decide to go the Volt route or Prius route for now because the other EV options are not viable right now.

Nobody is arguing that the Leaf is a not car most people enjoy driving and it works fine for many owners/leasees thus far. The point is that in light of Nissan's mishandling of the battery issue, potential owners and even current owners/leasees will prefer to go with a different option if viable options are available to them. Currently it's the Volt and Prius. But as more viable options are available, who do you think people will pick? Given 2 cars with similar pricing and options, one by a company with an already proven bad reputation for not backing up their customer, and one by a company whose reputation is unknown in terms of customer loyalty, who do think people are going to chose? I'd pick the car by the company with the unknown reputation, because it can't be worse than picking the one with an already known bad reputation.

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Re: Open Letter from Nissan, September 22, 2012

Thu Nov 08, 2012 12:17 pm

Volusiano wrote:
dgpcolorado wrote:
Volusiano wrote:...3. Customers are now turning away from Nissan and Nissan is starting to lose EV market share, despite having a head-start against other companies. This is evident in their pitiful sales figure against their own projection, until they had a fire sale last month...
Really? So what do we have for the other EVs?

October sales numbers:

Tesla Model S: 290, some trouble ramping up production
FFE: 112, a half-hearted effort if ever there was one
Mitsubishi "i": 30, they never seem to get serious about ramping up production and sales
Rav 4EV: 47, CARB compliance car limited to a few hundred per year in very limited areas
Honda FitEV: 16, CARB compliance car limited to a few hundred per year in very limited areas, lease only
BMW ActiveE: test cars only

That's losing market share? I always assumed that other EVs were going to come to market eventually. But the other EVs have a long way to go before they have significant market share compared to the LEAF. And it remains to be seen what will happen once Tennessee production starts.

While I agree that Nissan hasn't handled the hot climate problem well and wish they would do better, I do want to cut them some slack for coming up with the first mass market EV. The LEAF is a car I very much enjoy driving and it seems to work fine for many owners/lessees thus far.

Which of the other EVs do you see supplanting the LEAF in the next couple of years? The extraordinarily expensive Model S? The FFE?
You're only looking at the narrow EV market. Don't forget to look at the PHEV market with the Volt, and the hybrid market with the Prius. I'm sure people turned off by Nissan don't just consider another EV only, while other semi-EV options are available like the Volt and the Prius. I'm sure there are a lot of people who consider the LEAF, learn about the battery issue and especially the way Nissan handles it, get turned off and decide to go the Volt route or Prius route for now because the other EV options are not viable right now.
we should look at EREVs because they are part of the "12 step" program of oil addiction recovery but they lack the main ingredient of range anxiety...but then again as Volt Owners will attest there is still gas anxiety http://daveinolywa.blogspot.com/2012/10 ... xiety.html

where even a small taste of EVness has poisoned the gas well. so ya, it is a way to introduce the benefits of EV's to the masses but too many people will settle for that if someone does not provide other options. EVs have limitations but no roadblocks other than our own minds...
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