June 14, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. — Nissan had hoped to sell 20,000 of its Leaf electric cars this year in the United States, but so far about 2,1000 have been delivered.
Technical glitches and the Japan earthquake are to blame for the delays. Some early adopters have been complaining that their cars won’t start after they use the air conditioning. Nissan’s CEO is hoping to rectify the problems.
“When you launch a technology like this, what you want is to be able to really listen to your customers and be able to intervene very quickly if there’s anything that they’re not very satisfied with,” said Carlos Ghosn, Nissan CEO.
Meanwhile, the Leaf and other electric vehicles are facing another issue. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is launching a multi-year study to look at fire risks associated with the cars’ batteries.