New postby Herm » Tue Jun 07, 2011 3:47 am
"I think you are grinding that axe way too much, its worn down to nub by now."
I have no axe to grind. I know this is the Ford Focus Electric forum, but I am first and foremost an EV enthusiast. I want to see at least several players succeed at the EV game because it will take that many to make it viable. If Ford had messed it up this bad, I would be letting them have it with both barrels too.
After reading your post I don't think we really disagree.
Me: "All of this is the result of rush. Nissan came from nowhere to announce that they would be first to market with a mass produced EV."
You: "1. early release for publicity reasons, they had no cars to actually sell and created lots of angst" I think you would agree that if more time spent vetting the Leaf could have avoided some of the early problems.
Yes the vaporware tactic may have knocked out some players, but Ford, VW, Hyundai, etc. have an EV game plan.
I think the reservation system could work, but obviously the excecution needed some tweaking.
Nissan came rushing out of the locker room with all eyes on them, and they managed to trip and fall and injure themselves in the process. They are gonna have to come back with a good game to erase that image. Personally I am rooting for them.