I cannot refute what you report, and absolutely will not tell you that you've done anything wrong.
What I will say is that in other parts of the world - Canada, Japan and most of Europe specifically - automakers can and do routinely 'require' use of specific products. This is absolutely prohibited in the US.
In the US, manufacturers can and will say things like "for best performance use Genuine ... parts" But they cannot say "your warranty will be void if you don't use ... parts" unless they provide those parts free of charge. That's a significant aspect of the Magnuson-Moss act that I referenced earlier.
Nissan USA CAN say that they will only 'support' using an AV EVSE - all that means is that 'if you need help operating your Coulomb EVSE, don't call us!'. Think about this for a moment - the EV Project is NOT using AeroVironment EVSE hardware - they're using Coulomb. There are a number of companies selling J1772 EVSE devices - and they ENTIRE point of these standardized devices is that they work with all EVs that use J1772.
Here's a real-world example of how this can affect a manufacturer. Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) stated in their 2009 owners manuals that "Use of other engine oils may cause severe engine damage and may void the limited warranty" and "no known equivalent” to Bombardier (BRP) oil on the market. When notified by a US oil manufacturer that the language in the owners manuals violated Federal law, BRP agreed that it will no longer say that using non-BRP branded products may void the warranty, that they will make clear that their product recommendations are clearly labeled as 'recommendations rather than requirements, and they will no longer comment on availability of equivalent products.
pgrovetom wrote:In any case at $2200, the EVSE is more than 10% of the whole Leaf Net price after credits. And ITS AN EXTENSION CHORD!
The $2200 is for the EVSE, installation, permit, and inspection. It's more than just an extension cord. And it's completely optional - one does not have to buy an EVSE at all.
If you want to put an end to the 'AV-Only' foolishness, simply ask AV and/or Nissan for their 'requirement' in writing. It'll stop there.