Speaking of December, it appears as though there's been some confusion regarding the Leaf's optional cold weather package. The package consists of temperature management, heated seats, steering wheel, mirrors and HVAC duct to rear seats and has been listed on Nissan's "Feature and Specs" page since day one. However, the package is not currently listed as an available option, and as such, its pricing is unavailable. What's up with that? Well, the guys over at Nissan-Leaf questioned the company about the cold weather package and Nissan's response went like this:
Let's recap. Demo Leafs are headed to dealers in early rollout areas this December and the cold weather package, which makes more efficient use of the vehicle's limited battery power, will be available soon. It'd probably be wise for buyers in the northern reaches of our nation to hold off on ordering until that cold weather package becomes available. Right?Website contents are correct. We found efficiency (energy use) better and passenger comfort better...primarily (through) heated seats, front and rear, plus heated steering wheel rather than simply using "heated cabin air" to warm you up! The Cold weather package will be released for ordering soon... and will be an orderable option nationwide.
[Source: Nissan-Leaf, Detroit Free Press]