In response to the less than adequate response from Nissan (according to the owners of the affected Leafs), a group of Nissan Leaf owners will take to the highway Saturday morning to do a scientific test.
Things started months ago on the MyNissanLeaf.com forum when some owners in hot climates like Arizona started reporting they had lost a range bar on their Leaf displays. Nissan responded and even took some of the affect Leafs to their test facility in Arizona. When the Leafs were returned in July, it appears to have a reset battery capacity gauge as if to indicate that Nissan had replaced the battery with a new one. Williams says “it appears on the surface that an outright fraud may have been committed, since it doesn’t appear that the vehicle’s range has improved; only the gauge’s now improper reading.”
In response, Williams organized a test this weekend where a group of Leaf drivers will follow a set of rules and do a full-charge test drive and compare results.
The Leaf owners will use GPS data logging and the popular ‘Gidmeter’ to see how the 12 Leafs compare. They hope to solve whether or not they have a battery problem. With Nissan remaining tight-lipped on the subject of battery capacity loss, Williams and his team of volunteers hope Saturday’s range test gives them better insight into what is really happening.
At the same time, Nissan CEO Carlos Goshn spoke with the Wall Street Hournal saying “there is a second generation battery coming now… which is less costly than the previous one.” Perhaps the new battery will solve the heat-related issues.