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Who Killed the Electric Car?

Who Killed the Electric Car?

Postby raycyrx » Thu Oct 04, 2012 8:53 am

Demand killed it:

Nissan “Disappointed” by U.S. Demand for Leaf EV
Posted: October 4, 2012 at 2:13 am
Nissan Motor Co. is disappointed that sales of its Leaf electric car are falling short of the company’s goal of selling 20,000 units in America this year. So says Nissan Executive Vice President Andy Palmer, whose duties include global product planning and marketing communications.

CEO Carlos Ghosn predicted in January that the Leaf would double last year’s U.S. volume to reach 20,000 units in the 2012 calendar year. But in the first nine months of this year, demand for the EV has plunged 28% year over year to 5,200 units.

Palmer tells reporters Nissan hasn’t yet abandoned its goal but now expects to double sales in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013. But he adds that hitting the target is “pretty irrelevant” in the long-term scheme of EV sales growth.

Palmer acknowledges that the company has been “pretty lousy” at communicating with Leaf customers. One mistake he cites: Not impressing on new owners that performance would vary depending on climate and driving conditions.

A group of Leaf owners in Arizona have griped that the car’s range is diminished in hot weather. Last month Nissan announced the creation of a global advisory board to improve EV communications.

Palmer denies rumors that the retirement last month of Mark Perry, director of product planning and advanced technology, was related to Leaf performance issues.
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Re: Who Killed the Electric Car?

Postby Happy Mom » Sat Oct 06, 2012 9:14 am

One mistake he cites: Not impressing on new owners that performance would vary depending on climate and driving conditions.

Ah.....that would be a biggie!
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Re: Who Killed the Electric Car?

Postby bob_rx2000 » Sat Oct 06, 2012 5:21 pm

No matter what Nissan, or other car manufacturers do right now, battery technology is going to be the limiting factor in pure electric car operation. If you need a car with an effective range of 50 miles or less per day, then an electric is reasonable. If you need to occasionally travel further than that, you're not going to like an electric or even find it useful. Very few of us can afford to have a electric vehicle for day-by-day use and a traditional internal combustion engined car for longer distances. If you thought you were getting something like a hybrid, with the huge range they offer, then you didn't know what you were buying.
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