We were at the Nissan Leaf event in Raleigh early this morning. It was an event that went smoothly and well. They had a good system of flow from registration to explanation to driving to follow up.
I found the car to look nice and drive well. Steering is light, and I like it that way. I thought the car looked nice, better than I expected, both outside and inside. Somehow the pictures make it look ugly, but in person it is smooth and sleek. I learned a few things:
Nissan has been making various electric cars since 1947. They have been working on batteries that long, too.
The tour guide, who seemed very well informed, said that local dealers could (and would) replace individual battery cells as needed, and he showed us how. Essentially a cell is a thin can with a connector, from a technician's perspective. There, said the guide, the concept of "replacing the battery" will not come up, unless there should be a breakthrough improvement in battery technology making an upgrade worth the cost and effort.
When the driver floors the accelerator pedal, there is a strong response but not a wheel-spinning response.
The date in NC when sales wil bein is still unknown. Additionally, while the charger-table-person said that Aeroenv was the national contractor, he said there were numerous local subcontractors. He said not to worry if those of us in NC had not yet been contacted, as Nissan was trying to schedule so that installation of a charger would be completed about 2 weeks before the actual delivery of the car.
For anyone in the area who can make it, I think you will have a good time and learn some things too.