The more astute of our readers, or at least the more northerly located of our readers, have taken notice of a special option package listed on Nissan’s “Features and Specs” page for the LEAF.
That being the “cold weather package,” which consists of the following:
○ temperature management
○ heated seats
○ heated steering wheel
○ heated mirror
○ HVAC duct to rear
Unfortunately, no further explanation is given, there is no pricing on the option, and when you head on down to your local Nissan dealer, you find out it is not even a currently available option when you place a order for the car. Therefore, there had been some natural speculation that these features had either been dropped entirely, or delayed until next fall when the 2012 model year comes out.
So, “what up with that?”
…and because the website’s name is Nissan-LEAF.net and not Generic-Auto-Information-Monthly.com, these kinds of unknowns about the LEAF are, quite simply, a dare for us to pester as many Nissan executives as possible until we get a answer.
The result of said pestering? Nissan did indeed confirm to us that while the option was not yet available in any of the roll out areas, the “website contents are correct,” adding that “We found efficiency (energy use) better and passenger comfort better…primarily (through) heated seats, front and rear, plus heated steering wheel than simply using “heated cabin air” to warm you up!”
As to the when it will be available-there will be no extended delay until the next model year as feared, with Nissan saying that the “Cold weather package will be released for ordering soon,” and “…will be an orderable option nationwide.”
So fear not thick-blooded, would be EV owners of the north, your cold weather prepped LEAFs are coming soon.