The rep at the LA Auto Show was quite well informed of the issues with the LEAF. She had the Nissan-approved answer for anything I mentioned that was negative (e.g. range < 100 miles, effects of hot weather on battery capacity, lack of DC charging infrastructure). I have to commend her for that because my impression from the salespeople at the dealerships (back when I was car shopping) was that they were not well-informed about the LEAF, to the point where I just stopped asking questions about the car because I was embarrassed for them. Still, it bothers me that Nissan is still forcing the car show reps (and salespeople) to continue this spin.Shaka wrote:From what I understand, many of the people that work at car shows as "reps" are not actual employees of the company. They are hired from an advertisement agency / marketing company. They are not permanent employees, although they might actually travel the USA to various car shows and represent the same company for the entire auto show "tour" that occurs. However, as these folks are just usually getting data from "bullet point lists" provided by the mfg, they are clueless.
I found the Tesla salespeople to be better informed about the LEAF than Nissan's, at least in my limited experience with both. I spoke with a Tesla salesperson, and he had a lot of good things and some not-so-good things to say about the LEAF, but he was correct, unbiased, fair, and very well-informed.TomT wrote:Actually, when I visited Tesla last week they were very upfront and honest about the range, giving what the EPA numbers are and explaining that you might get more, or considerably less, depending on a number of factors, which they then explained in fairly good detail. It was refreshing after constantly hearing the Nissan 100 mile mantral.