“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.)
A recently released government report has raised the hopes of automakers looking for a break on future fuel economy regulations, despite the warnings of an Environmental Protection Agency official who said the agency is unlikely to back down on its goal of 54.5 mpg by 2025.
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