2012 Nissan Leaf
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While some of the more vocal discontented Leaf owners remain aghast at how Nissan has handled the issue to date, the news that Nissan has launched a global Leaf advisory board has made some more hopeful.
The appointment of Chelsea Sexton as head of the advisory board seems to have quelled many owners fears, while others have nominated Tony Williams, the Leaf owner and EV advocate who arranged the independent range verification test, to join Sexton on the board.
As head of the advisory board, Sexton has noted that its existence isn’t purely to solve customer issues around battery capacity loss, although she, like everyone else wishes to see the issues resolved as quickly as possible.
Instead, she notes, the advisory board is there to provide a better, continuing dialogue between electric car buyers, owners, and Nissan.
“Communication with current and potential customers on various fronts definitely needs to change going forward, and trust needs to be re-earned for some of you,” she wrote in a forum post. “Those are the things I’m hoping the advisory group can help focus Nissan’s attention on, and why the group is being established regardless of what happens with the AZ issue.”
Colder Leafs OK
While the issues surrounding battery capacity loss in hotter-state Nissan Leafs have grabbed headlines, many Leaf owners around the world have commented in forums and in article comment sections that their own personal Leafs are operating as they expected.
For those in more temperate environments, the remaining Leafs on the roads of the U.S. have proven reliable, providing many thousands of miles of service without issue.
While these reports don’t help those with lost range, they do serve as a reminder that the wilting Leaf issue, while urgent, doesn’t affect everyone.
One week on, what do you think of the continuing saga into wilting Leafs?
What will happen next?
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