EVDrive
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Leaf Number: 776
Location: SF Bay Area, Ca

Re: Nissan LEAF Engineering Team Visit December 3rd

Tue Oct 11, 2011 10:06 pm

Likes:
- Ride quality is outstanding
- Ease of charging @home
- Included navigation, charger locator, semi hands free phone and USB HD Support are nice
- That Nissan took the risk to be first and actually make a great EV
- The taillights look really cool

Dis-likes:
- The AC. It presets to outside air (stink) and it's hard to just have the fan on low
- 3.3kwh charger, should have an option to upgrade to a 10kwh
- The Handsfree phone control on the steering wheel is pretty useless, should have a toggle and select feature like the radio does (we just have to use the touchscreen nav display which is dangerous and not hands free). The voice commands don't understand me
- Navigation Maps have way to many colors so I can see where I am supposed to go by looking at the route map color. All the major freeways are a crazy rainbow of yellow, red and yellow/green. The current route color should be a standout exclusive like hot pink
- The bulging headlights and rounded tail (butt) are not refined or sporty looking
- The sun visors need a pullout extension when they are being used on the driver/passenger side windows to prevent user blindness

Sorry couldn't keep to three of each :cry:

Great car overall though!
- SF Bay Area
- 2011 Leaf traded in at 46,000 miles, 3 years, lost 1 bar
- Upgraded to 2014 Rav4EV with Quickchargepower.com CHAdeMO port, 53,000 miles
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highcountryrider
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Leaf Number: 7355
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Re: Nissan LEAF Engineering Team Visit December 3rd

Tue Oct 11, 2011 11:37 pm

I still haven't received an email.

Faster response would be good.
Ability to use an alternate wireless carrier.
An API, if there is not one already.

:(
linkim wrote:Thanks everyone for the input so far with your suggestions for improvements to future LEAFs. There has been a lot of discussion on the climate control - ventilation, heater and AC controls. How about Carwings? Are there specific improvements to Carwings that you would suggest for future LEAFs?

Thanks,

Kim
2011 Nissan LEAF™ SV trim, blue ocean, no options, accessories:
floor and cargo mats, cargo net.
Ordered on: 05/16/2011
Delivered Sept 3, 2011.
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jcesare
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Leaf Number: 1290
Location: San Marcos, CA

Re: Nissan LEAF Engineering Team Visit December 3rd

Wed Oct 12, 2011 8:43 am

linkim wrote:Thanks everyone for the input so far with your suggestions for improvements to future LEAFs. There has been a lot of discussion on the climate control - ventilation, heater and AC controls. How about Carwings? Are there specific improvements to Carwings that you would suggest for future LEAFs?

Thanks,

Kim
The Owner's Portal doesn't support the iPad because it uses Flash, so you can't get to CARWINGS from the iPad browser. The iPhone/iPad app is very limited; either make it full function or redo the website to make it compatable.
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Pipcecil
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Re: Nissan LEAF Engineering Team Visit December 3rd

Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:26 am

Likes:
- Smooth, fast acceleration
- Size of vehicle and interior room space
- Music options (satalite, radio, USB [ultra big plus], and audio jack)

Dislikes:
- No State of Charge gauge
- Release hood for charging ports in a difficult place
- Ability to just use the fan and outside air when its cooler for AC
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occ
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Re: Nissan LEAF Engineering Team Visit December 3rd

Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:52 am

Like
- Everything not in the dis-like column. Thank-you Nissan!

Dislike
- Needs bigger battery/range option.
- Needs faster L2 charger, or upgradeable on 2011-2012 LEAFs
- Needs spare tire.
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gascant
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Re: Nissan LEAF Engineering Team Visit December 3rd

Mon Oct 17, 2011 7:59 pm

gascant wrote:The SF BayLEAFs are arranging a meeting on December 3rd with members of the LEAF Engineering team from Japan. The purpose is to provide direct feedback to Nissan regarding our experiences with the car. It's also a forum for providing suggestions for improvements in both the LEAF and future Nissan EV's. Some (working prototypes) of these will be demonstrated by MNL forum members (e.g., the modified EVSE that provides full Level 2 charging). The exact time and location are still to be determined. We hope to have an impressive turnout of owners and LEAFs to demonstrate our passion for helping EVs be commercially successful.
The meeting is now confirmed for December 3rd. It's looking like Google (in Mountain View) will be our host, too. We'll be compiling responses and posting here, along with preparing some PowerPoint files to present. Watch for further updates.
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cwerdna
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Re: Nissan LEAF Engineering Team Visit December 3rd

Mon Oct 17, 2011 9:37 pm

gascant wrote: The meeting is now confirmed for December 3rd. It's looking like Google (in Mountain View) will be our host, too. We'll be compiling responses and posting here, along with preparing some PowerPoint files to present. Watch for further updates.
Awesome! Thanks for all the work! I'd imagine that's a pretty good relatively central location that should be good for many folks in the Bay Area.

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yoyofella
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Re: Nissan LEAF Engineering Team Visit December 3rd

Mon Oct 17, 2011 9:54 pm

Like everything about the car, especially:
- good handling
- low operating cost (finger crossed)
- roomy interior especially the headroom and the trunk layout. The nook on trunk's right side is so perfect for storing a golf bag across (my boss's has to perpetually keep his back seat of his Volt folded down due to it's narrow layout), that I want to ask if they did it on purpose.

needs improvement:
- minimize the high pitch sound around 45mph
- solar panel too small to be useful, willing to pay $$$$ for a 1kW panel across the roof for next Gen leaf.
- lack of CHAdeMO chargers in California, it's almost a crime that there's no charger available in NorCal, a full 10 month after the first Leaf was shipped. Please motivate dealers to install them (charge us for the cost)

mxp
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Re: Nissan LEAF Engineering Team Visit December 3rd

Mon Oct 17, 2011 10:17 pm

gascant wrote:
gascant wrote:The SF BayLEAFs are arranging a meeting on December 3rd with members of the LEAF Engineering team from Japan. The purpose is to provide direct feedback to Nissan regarding our experiences with the car. It's also a forum for providing suggestions for improvements in both the LEAF and future Nissan EV's. Some (working prototypes) of these will be demonstrated by MNL forum members (e.g., the modified EVSE that provides full Level 2 charging). The exact time and location are still to be determined. We hope to have an impressive turnout of owners and LEAFs to demonstrate our passion for helping EVs be commercially successful.
The meeting is now confirmed for December 3rd. It's looking like Google (in Mountain View) will be our host, too. We'll be compiling responses and posting here, along with preparing some PowerPoint files to present. Watch for further updates.
Where can we all park?
COuld you check with your Google contact if folks arriving for this meeting are allowed to use Google's L2 chargers onsite?

Thx.

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Re: Nissan LEAF Engineering Team Visit December 3rd

Mon Oct 17, 2011 10:29 pm

yoyofella wrote: - solar panel too small to be useful, willing to pay $$$$ for a 1kW panel across the roof for next Gen leaf.
I hear this a lot, and it really makes me scratch my head. Are that many LEAF drivers unaware of the state of the art in solar panels?

Do you know how much area would be required for 1kW of generation? How big do you want them to make the Leaf "RV edition"?

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