LeftieBiker wrote: ↑
Tue Feb 18, 2020 2:40 pm
The Leaf wasn't "A car before (ahead of) it's time." It was "A car released before it was ready." Nissan knew that there were possible issues with the passively cooled battery, but it was put into production anyway. They did test it extensively, but the degradation apparently required both time and heat to appear quickly enough to show up in road tests in cooler climates. I suspect that the 'Canary pack' may also have had quality issues similar to the later 30kwh 'Lettuce pack' that resulted in some packs that held up better than others (although not in high temps).
Partially. There are actually dozens of missteps Nissan took but the biggest one was simply not knowing their customers.
The 24 kwh pack was a mistake from Day One. What they failed to realize is that using the "average American" driving distance was a HUGE mistake.
This was an EV; a watershed event. So why anyone would think that "normal" people would be the first on board with the concept should have raised major red flags.
First adopters were anything but. Most were engineers, computer people, and other higher paying jobs and DID NOT average 35 miles a day. They worked in city centers and made enough money to live in the suburbs so their commutes were double the average if not more.
So Nissan should have started with the 40 kwh pack. Sure it would have been more money but Nissan would have been much further ahead now if they had done that.
If we had to narrow the list to the ONE thing Tesla did right? It would be dumping the 40 kwh option on the Model S.
2011 SL; 44,598 mi, 87% SOH. 2013 S; 44,840 mi, 91% SOH. 2016 S30; 29,413 mi, 99% SOH. 2018 S; 25,185 mi, SOH 92.23%. 2019 S Plus; 15, 235.1mi, 93.12% SOH
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