• Oct 8, 2010
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The December 2010 launch of the 2011 Nissan Leaf gets closer every day and thousands of people have already signed up to reserve their spot for one. Still, some would-be buyers may suffer from a touch of "range anxiety" – that is, a nervous apprehension about running out of juice, only to be stranded somewhere. To quell that fear, TheDetroitBureau.com reports that Nissan is pondering an option for owners who need to undertake a journey longer than the 100-mile range the all-electric Leaf is rated for. A no-cost loan of a conventional, gasoline-powered vehicle could be made available to owners for periods of up to a week.

The loaner car option is still in the early planning stages, and it's not yet clear exactly how it would work. Would the Leaf owner be required to arrange the loan through a rental agency, or could it be handled through a local dealership? Nissan still has a lot of details to iron out, but if the plan gets approved, it could prove to be a strong marketing tool.



Photos by Damon Lavrinc / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.

[Source: TheDetroitBureau.com]


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      Christian Loro
      • 2 Months Ago

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Range anxiety is for wimps. Kramer would never had that fear.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How about a loaner of a Ram D3500 dual-rear-wheel Mega Cab with a Cummins Turbo Diesel, to get them through periods of manhood anxiety?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The volts battery was oversize to alow for aging so in 10 years it
      will still go 40 miles.

      The Leafs battery was not cooled or even has thermal management.

      Nissan said it will degrade after a couple of years so your range
      will decrease as there is no buffer in the Nissan system like the
      quality volt system.

      The leaf is really poor I rather spend the extra 10k and get quality.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I only get range anxiety near the end of the 3rd date.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Fleet Altima Hybrid maybe?

      On another note

      Having the charging port right in the front seems kind of haphazard

      I mean...the most important part of the car is in the most vunerable spot

      Watch out for trucks with trailer hitches! Haha
        • 4 Years Ago
        The volts battery was oversized to alow for ageing so in 10 years it will still go 40 miles.

        The Leafs battery was not cooled or even has thermal managment.

        Nissian said it will degrade after a couple of years so your range will decrease as there is no buffyer in the Nissian system like the quality volt system.

        The leaf is really poor I rather spend the extra 10k and get quality.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The filling cap has been moved away from points of likely impact for one reason: gasoline explodes and the filling tube is a weak part of the system. If you're old enough, you probably would remember people lifting up the liscense plate to reveal the fuel filler cap. The filler cap was moved because people were being burned alive in towering infernos.

        Electric vehicles don't have that problem (and have a lot of protection circuits to prevent electrocution- the plugs don't accept charge untill they detect the charging unit inserted and working properly). The front bumper sticks out a ways and the connectors at the front are likely no more expensive than a big chrome-look plastic grille, airconditioning condensor, radiator....
        • 4 Years Ago
        But not the fuel filler cap

        So why the charging port?

        What are owners gonna do if they bump someone
        and mess up their only charge connection?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @runnerb

        Unlike gas stations, charging points are mostly in front of parking spots, that is why.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, because we never put the engine up there either...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good Lord I find this humorous on soooo many levels.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think it is a pretty good deal. 25,000 + No more gas + Free rental when needed (which by the way is almost never for most people).

        Forward thinking isn't a laughing matter.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If your car is causing you anxiety every time you drive it, it probably best to find another car. That can't be good for your health.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why not just give them a coupon book of week long car rentals? Make it online so they can track use and reduce cost. This has fail written all over it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It doesn't make sense profit-wise. Even luxury carmakers like Mercedes-Benz don't let their customers have free loaners for more than a few days, let alone a week. I bet it'll probably be something like a substantially discounted Zipcar program based at the dealership.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have a large diesel truck and will offer to start the "Adopt A Leaf Owner" program. If my partner ever gets stranded I will tow them to the nearest charging station (their house).
      • 4 Years Ago
      i'm taking off next week on a 3,000 mile road trip. So you think Nissaan would lona me a conventional cat for that if I bought a Leaf? If so, I'm interested.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nissan would be better off giving out free unlimited road-side assistance to Leaf buyers...because it's almost a certainty that they'll need it within a 3 year period.

      Mark my words: Within 1 month of launch, there will be a picture of one at the side of the highway...battery dead...waiting for tow.

      Leaf = FAIL
      Prius Plugin Hybrid is a more realistic way to go and future proofs your car.

      Nissan might have the right idea...but without significant infrastruture to support recharging, it's a novelty car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        BTW, Nissan already offers free roadside assistance for the first 3 years.
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