Why Silicon Valley Nissan Dealership Sells Only a Handful of LEAFs Yearly
Here is Bret Harris in his own words, commenting about Nissan Leaf range issues and what a Nissan dealer told him in silicon Valley area.
I have to agree that having 130 or 150 mile range would open up the market and utility of the LEAF greatly. I am on my second LEAF.
I was talking with sales guys while opportunity charging in Gilroy at the Nissan dealer. They told me that everyone who lives in Gilroy works in Silicon Valley, but they do sell but a handful of the LEAFs every year because if the owner cannot charge at work, they can't make the trip home. Also, since California's utilities (PGE) have installed exactly zero quick chargers along the freeways to date, you are essentially locked into your home metro area.
Having the greater range would allow for things like going to Reno or San Luis Obispo without having to pitch a tent and overnight at a campground.