30 Sep '12, 2pm

Retreat on EVs Not a Rout

Retreat on EVs Not a Rout

I think you nailed it, caffeinekid. It's not as if the whole Leaf is fatally flawed. It handles well for a car of it's size/weight/cargo-hauling class and it's safe in a crash. By most reasonable estimations, the car is comfortable and well appointed. Yes, it's got funky styling cues but, hey, so do a lot of otherwise excellent autos. Gauges and charging controls could use some work. But this is the sort of thing that's of a bolt-on electronic nature. Replace the Guess-O-Meter with something better. Modify the charging software for greater flexibility and ease of use (80% charge and easily selectable on/off parameters without excessive pecking/hunting through dash menus.) The big flaw right now, obviously, is the battery. Have the engineers get busy on the heat depletion issue and let management/marketing people stay out of the way. Lot's of ideas have already been floated...

Full article: http://www.plugincars.com/retreat-evs-not-rout-124614.html

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