We’ve seen car companies work on a variety of different electric vehicles that they hope will take off in the marketplace, but for one reason or another, these types of cars just haven’t taken off to the levels that companies have hoped. Although this may be the current situation, it does not mean that it has to be the final faith of electric cars and companies continue to tinker with their new models.
Take for instance Nissan who has just confirmed a change for their Nissan Leaf. There will be a new service being introduced that will allow Leaf owners the ability to better judge just how much battery power is available and whether the current battery level will be sufficient enough to allow the car to reach its destination. In fact, to make this service even more user friendly, it will function over the Internet and the company will also launch a mobile app for it. The way it works is you enter your destination into the app which will then analyze driving patterns to determine how much battery capacity will be used up. The app will make its decision based upon the roads traveled, the number of inclines along the route, distance and whether A/C will be used or not.
Nissan hopes that such a service will help address customer concerns about range anxiety. We can expect that this smartphone app will be available within Japan before the month is out while customers in Europe and North America will have to wait a little longer as development of a regional app continues.