Here are some of my comments / notes from the meeting: Everyone correct me if I miss-heard or miss-interpreted the conversation:
1. Andy Palmer and Billy Hayes both drive LEAFs. A LEAF is Andy Palmer's only vehicle.
2. I was surprised/upset that Nissan did not respond to the items in Chelsea's list. I feel this list contained the questions I wanted answered at this meeting.
3. We were told that this town hall meeting was being videotaped and it will be available. (I am not sure if it will be - because of the serious concerns that AZ owners expressed and the lack of concrete answers)
4. Replacement battery cost will be announced in the Spring. Because --- it takes time to work out items in the cost structure - such as the logistics of transporting, setting up inventory, etc.
5. What would be the target capacity level of the replacement battery. Battery replacements are very expensive and we do not want to do it often. I heard two inconsistencies in Andy's response. The first comment I heard was that Nissan did not want to replace the battery more than once in the life of the vehicle the second time I heard Andy say that we do not want to replace the battery more than once during the warranty period.
6. Restoring the battery capacity to > = 9 bars. Each battery will degrade differently and will be handled based on its condition. Modules maybe replaced, or the entire battery.
7. There was some discussion on battery cooling. It was stated that Nissan decided not to add a temperature management system because of cost, safety, simplicity, reliability. Andy Palmer also mentioned that he worked in the area of heat management sometime in his career. When asked about liquid cooling, 140F ambient air on highways, and other systems using liquid cooling. It was mentioned that the LEAF battery is air cooled -- similar to liquid cooling. An example mentioned is that the human body is air cooled.
8. I own my AZ LEAF. I mentioned offline that I was concerned about my loss of capacity/range and especially worried about next summer. I was told that my car should follow the glide path and Nissan is confident that the degradation is not linear. It was also mentioned that some options that I can pursue would be a buyback or conversion to a lease.
Leaf Number 471 2/2011
5/2017 69,900 miles
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