OrientExpress wrote:Nissan's Hot weather testing facility is near Maricopa, in Stanfield Arizona. They have been testing the LEAF and battery packs there for many many years. In fact, the battery packs that are in the current LEAFs were tested there for quite a while prior to the 2010 launch. Somehow, I have to believe that if there was an issue, it would have been detected and solved by now.
In reading through all of these posts, I really don't see any actual problems here.
You don't see any actual problems here??? What about the problem of losing 1 bar capacity too soon as stated in the title of the thread?
I would venture to say that Nissan knows about the early capacity loss through their tests, but chose not to disclose it in fear of throwing a monkey wrench into their initial launch campaign. They chose to let initial customers in hot weather cities discover the problem by themselves and if it turns out to be a widespread problem, they'll play it by ears and find a way to alleviate consumers' concern when the time comes.
Well, the time has come and they should be listening and hopefully will be coming up with a better response soon. Or else, nobody is going to want to buy the Leaf anymore even if new customers don't live in hot weather cities, due to fear of not knowing what else Nissan is keeping from their customers.
Right now, they're not really responding to it. They're simply dismissing it. But I think the elephant will grow bigger and won't leave the room.