Nissan Investigates Starting Problems With Leaf EVs

April 11, 2011

Owners of the first mass-market electric vehicle are experiencing delays, but now some are faced with the car's first mechanical glitch, Nissan confirms.

Some Nissan Leaf owners, in both the United States and Japan, have reported occasional starting problems with their vehicles, and Nissan has diagnosed the car’s air conditioning system as the source of the problem. Nissan isn’t sure if the flaw is software- or hardware-related, and they’re not planning a recall since the issue isn’t safety-related. Once the root cause is found, the automaker will determine its next steps in resolving the issue.

Sales of Nissan’s Leaf have been off to a slow start since the car’s U.S. market launch in December, which Nissan attributes to supply or delivery issues and not customer demand.  March sales seem to back this up; after moving a disappointing 67 Leafs in February, Nissan sold some 279 Leafs in March, more than doubling the Leaf population through February.

Earthquake-related production delays will have an impact on future Leaf deliveries, but Nissan’s Oppama plant, where the Leaf is manufactured, has resumed operations.

For more in-depth coverage, find out exactly what you need to know about the Nissan Leaf's start failures at AllCarsElectric.

[Reuters, AllCarsElectric]

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