Electric cars have introduced a new term" range anxiety" to the world of motoring because the splendid automotive technology available today has been subverted by politics. The result is the modern electric car which couples an impressively engineered electric vehicle to a completely inadequate battery technology.There was never any point in manufacturing electric vehicles until the battery problem was solved.
Some U.S. drivers report that they are being left stranded by the Nissan Leaf's undependable range.
Jalopnik's Justin Hyde says the car's reported 100-mile range is proving to be fiction. Even worse, the range chart in the car changes during trips to give drivers less range than they thought they would have. Result: The car goes to "turtle" limp-along mode, then dies.
"It went from 17 ... to dead in about 5 miles," Jalopnik quotes one report as saying on the MyNissanLeaf forum.
We've reported on how Nissan has had trouble producing enough Leafs for owners who have reservations. The range issue is a new one.
Nissan said the car would go 100 miles between charges, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rated Leaf as having a realistic range of 73 miles. Jallopnik says many owners on MyNissanLeaf report 60 to 80 miles of range daily.This problem is happening with new cars- I shudder to think what will happen when the batteries start to age!
Christopher Booker has more on the electric vehicle industry woes in the Mother Country.