Here is a reporter's view from the outside: http://www.kpho.com/video?autoStart=tru ... Id=8156098Volusiano wrote:I attended the meeting. It was videotaped and they said they'll post it up somewhere, maybe on YouTube?
I was totally unimpressed and underwhelmed about the productiveness of the meeting. I think it was just all for show, to give the appearance that they listen and care. But the proof is in the pudding that their 9 bar warranty does not remedy anything at all for the hot climate owners, showing that they couldn't care less about a real and effective solution that will work for hot climate owners.
Nothing new was really divulged from Nissan and no new commitment was made, not that I expected much to begin with anyway. Andy did vow to release the battery pricing at some point, although not exactly when.
Many people expressed that they don't care about the "bar" warranty because it's too fuzzy and inaccurate. They want to see a range warranty instead in terms of miles driven on a charge. Even if Nissan listens and translates the 9 bar warranty into "mile range" warranty, it's still a very lame warranty in my opinion no matter how you dice it, in bars or mile range.
Andy at one point said that they just want to be honest about the capability (or limitation) of the battery capacity up front so that people understand what they're getting into. At that point I wanted to jump in and retort that I wish they would have wanted to be honest about it up front 2 years ago and not 2 years later, now that the cat is already out of the bag (about the heat effect on the battery that they used to claim shouldn't exist).
I came into the meeting hoping to see if maybe they might be willing to acknowledge the fact that they fed early adopters false information about capacity performance in the heat, and that they'd be willing to stand behind their hot climate early adopters to make it right for those owners now in some special way. But of course no such thing happened. I think most people left just as frustrated as when they came in about the heat capacity issue still not resolved to their satisfaction. For sure nobody was jumping up and down for joy over Nissan's 9 bar warranty.
I swear I raised my hand many times so I could get a chance to speak, but too many people wanted to speak so I never got my chance. They were very prompt about cutting it off at 7:30pm and not take any more question except afterward off stage. The meeting ended around 7:40'ish. I think if they really wanted to listen, they could have continued to keep on taking question on stage much further into the night.
There was a 2013 model in attendance. Here are some photos: http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.p ... &start=100