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29 years between electrics. Is this a record?

Wed Sep 23, 2020 5:54 pm

We just moved to Oregon and bought a 2017 Leaf, just 29 years after our first (and only) electric, the General Motors EV1, which we loved for four years, until GM forcibly took it away.

Two Newbie questions:

1. It came with only one key fob. The dealer insisted that was all there ever were, but somehow I wonder. Well, the steps for getting a duplicate are expensive but clear.

2. Hand controls. My wife needs them. A local disability products dealer assures us the Leaf is compatible with four different kinds of hand controls. I wonder if anyone here has experience with this technology?

Thanks from John

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Re: 29 years between electrics. Is this a record?

Wed Sep 23, 2020 7:50 pm

Re: #1: No, the car came with two key fobs. Nissan dealers seem to lie even more than other car dealers, and that's saying a lot.
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Re: 29 years between electrics. Is this a record?

Wed Sep 23, 2020 8:02 pm


Welcome to the forum. As Leftie said, the car originally came with two key fobs. I really wanted an EV1 and kept stopping by the local Saturn dealer hoping they would start selling them (instead of 3-year lease at really high monthly cost in AZ). I am sure you will enjoy your Leaf.
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Re: 29 years between electrics. Is this a record?

Thu Sep 24, 2020 7:07 pm

The dealers act like nissan keys are made of gold.

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Re: 29 years between electrics. Is this a record?

Fri Sep 25, 2020 10:30 am

#2. Yes we have hand controls on our 2011 Leaf, a 2017 Bolt, and also our 2018 Tesla M3 (though they are different systems). It is not difficult to add, I could recommend someone in N. CA, but I'm sure there are vendors in Oregon who can do this.

In GM's case, there was a mfgr accessibility program that reimbursed some of the cost, though Telsa had nothing like this.

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