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Arizona is Literally Too Hot for the Nissan Leaf

Arizona is Literally Too Hot for the Nissan Leaf

 

They say electric cars are the future. Well, if this is anything to go by, electric cars still need a lot of work for them to be a viable replacement for good-old gasoline-powered cars.

Users in Arizona are complaining that it is so hot that their Nissan Leafs are losing about 30% of their charge. One user who said that his Leaf, which was once capable of doing 90 miles on a single charge, can now do approximately 44 miles. Other owners commented that even when their batteries are fully charged, two or three lights of their 12-light battery capacity gauge would be out.

The culprit, according to Tesla's CEO Elon Musk, is the Leaf's inefficient cooling system. According to Musk, he said that the Leaf had a cut-price air cooling system which could not properly regulate temperatures. Tesla, he added, used a high-end liquid thermal management solution to keep temperatures at an optimum level.

These problems have caused dealerships in California and Washington to cut an additional US$5000 off the list price of the Leaf.

Source: DailyTech, Jalopnik

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