Would You Like Nissan To Improve These 5 Things in Your LEAF?
While range is always the key issue with Electric Vehicles, the Nissan LEAF had double the average daily trips range so they did use some statistics to come up with the range estimates but in reality, a much longer range is necessary for mass adoption.
Besides range, is there any major flaws associated with the Nissan Leaf that could be fixed?
Here are my top 5:
Location of USB plug
I don’t know about you but I’m constantly on the phone. Plugging in the Cell phone is a must inside the car for any length of trip and plugging in the USB plug is longer than the reach of my arm so I have to stretch to insert the USB plug into the car. Simple fix….move it closer to the shift paddle.
Location of the Cigarette Lighter Outlet
I don’t know about you but this location is beyond annoying to get to. You have to either stick your hand under the dash to feel around for it or lean over so far that you are almost eating the shift lever. Why not move this close to the new location for the USB plug once Item one is fixed.
Drivers Side Seat Plastic Trim Around the Base (S version)
As a business man, I’m usually wearing pants with pleats at the bottom. I can’t tell you how many times when getting out of the car that my pants get stuck on that plastic trim piece around the base of the seat. This is crying for a redesign.
Head Rest Tilt
My Leaf doesn’t let me move the headrest back or front only up and down. So if you head naturally tilts forward this headrest is perfect for you, however if it isn’t, then an adjustment would be welcomed.
Lack of Connectivity via BlueTooth
This might be an option on the higher end models but I think this should be standard equipment on all cars now since almost everyone has a Bluetooth enabled cell phone these days.
Overall, I love the Nissan Leaf and don’t get me wrong here. I am really looking forward to the next version of this car and I’m planning on getting one once it comes out. I’ve written extensively about my journey’s and love for this car. It can only get better in my eyes. I’ve got one bonus complaint that I’d like to address with everyone.
What is your feeling about the Eco tires they come with? I don't like them. The Ecopia tires were bald in almost 6 months in my case. I would never buy them again. I do believe I lost of range when I switched to stickier tires but I strongly recommend you do because of the outstanding difference they make to the driving experience. This car should not come with these Eco tires. Give them performance tires so people can truly experience the joy of Electric Driving.
Also see how to add 40 miles driving range to Nissan Leaf with Enginer's add-on battery pack.