Instrument Cluster - 2012 Nissan Leaf 4-door HB SLEnlarge Photo
It’s been six days since results of an independent test were published showing that Nissan Leaf electric cars in hot climates were suffering from premature range loss, and four days since Nissan responded, saying the high mileage of affected cars was to blame.
Since then, we’ve been keeping track of your comments, and the comments of concerned Leaf owners as they try to decide the next stage in this ongoing saga.
The general consensus among affected owners? Nissan needs to try harder.
Nissan’s most recent statement on the issue, made by Mark Perry, Nissan North America’s product planning and advanced technology director, has been met by a large proportion of Leaf owners with disbelief and frustration.
This is particularly true for owners in warmer states who have already started to notice a drop in range and battery capacity.
“To create brand loyal customers from buyers, you MUST create goodwill,” wrote one commenter. “Posting 100 mile range on your adverts while falling back on legalese and ‘disclosure statements’ to cover your arse when those numbers never materialize is the best way to lose them.”
Other responses to Nissan have been less patient, with a common thread questioning the way in which Nissan arrived at the average mileage figure for those Leafs suffering range loss.
2012 Nissan Leaf 4-door HB SL Headlight
2012 Nissan Leaf 4-door HB SL HeadlightEnlarge Photo
“LIES!!! More LIES!,” wrote a Nissan Leaf owner on the popular MyNissanLeaf forum. “If Nissan can’t even divide [the] number of miles by the number of months owned, how on earth can anyone expect them to design a car!?”
“These comments from Perry is just Corporate Spin,” wrote one angry commenter to our exclusive story. “There is a low mileage Leaf in Arizona that reported 3 capacity bars missing with less than 8000 miles. Total Corporate Bull****.”
The developments over the past week has led several leaf owners to discuss the possibility of legal proceedings openly on the MyNissanLeaf forum.
Among them, the discussion of using Arizonan and Californian Lemon law to force Nissan to resolve the issue.