Saturday, 20 November 2010

Nissan Leaf

Some time ago, I was faced with a dilemma. I had the choice between two expensive products, one new and revolutionary, and the other older, a bit past it's sell-by date and tired. The latter was the more expensive one, but also the one that got my sale.

Why?

Well, the thing is, early adopters will always take too big a risk. Take the classic VHS/Betamax war. Or HD-DVD/Blu-ray. The better standard lost in both cases, mainly because of poor support. But what happens if you buy too early and end up with a product that's useless?

Well, all the electric car buyers in the next few years will find out. The thing is, there is a need for some infrastructure development to support the inevitable electric future. Whether that's hydrogen fuel stations, swappable batteries or fast-fill connections, we don't know yet, but with the surge of availability of electric cars, it is inevitable that some people are going to be left with unusable expensive toys.

Anyway, I'm not here to review cars, more to fulfil my passion for car design, irrespective of drivability.

So Nissan have their new Leaf. It's apparently selling like shit off a shovel.

But it looks like it too. No further comment is necessary.