“Undoubtedly, Nissan can sell some in the U.S. – a few thousand a year, perhaps 10,000 or 20,000 or 30,000,” Flint writes. “Some people will always want something new. But the Leaf is more likely to be a sales failure than a sales success.”
Flint cites four problems with the Leaf:
Range: “It promises 100 miles,” he says, “but expect that to be reduced by cold weather.”
Recharging: Flint predicts most recharging stations will be on the West Coast.
Recharging time: eight hours at 220V.
Price: Flint predicts the price may land close to $40,000. (Nissan has told Design News that it expects the price to be in the $30,000 range, but that figure isn’t set yet.)
California’s plan to mandate an electric vehicle market isn’t the first such undertaking and certainly won’t be the last. But as the Golden State ratchets up for its next big step toward zero-emission vehicle status in 2018, it might be wise to consider a bit of history.
By now, most followers of the electric car market know that another Tesla Model S caught fire in early February. The blaze happened in a homeowner’s garage in Toronto. After parking the car, the owner left his garage. Moments later, the smoke detector blared, the fire department was called, and the car was ruined. To date, no one knows why.