Nissan announced today that it has received complaints from some owners of the 2011 Nissan LEAF electric-car stating that their car occasionally fails to start.
Toshitake Inoshita said that Nissan traced the glitch back to the LEAF’s air-conditioning unit but was investigating the exact cause to see if there is a problem in a certain component or programming. He said that Nissan has no plans to issue a recall for the issue since it doesn’t affect safety and will decide on how to proceed after identifying the root cause of the problem.
“When we know the exact cause, we will decide whether to issue a service bulletin, or take other steps,” Inoshita said.
Inoshita said that the issue was reported in the United States and Japan and that he did not have an exact figure for the number of complaints.
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Refresher: Power for the Nissan LEAF comes from a 107-hp electric-motor that runs on power supplied by lithium-ion cells. On a full-charge, the Nissan LEAF allows for a driving range of 100 miles with a top speed of 87 mph. A full charge takes up to 8 hours on a standard 200V outlet. Buyers can opt for the DC 50kW quick-charger, which recharges the battery up to 80 percent in under 30 minutes. Prices for the 2011 Nissan LEAF will start at $32,780 but with a federal tax-credit prices will come in as low as $25,280, or for a lease payment of $349 a month.
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– By: Omar Rana