Well, 15 years ago, we got glorified golf carts with no doors to "comply". Let's not get too misty eyed over Nissan EV efforts; if they couldn't sell the CARB-ZEV credits and make thousands on every LEAF sold, I doubt they would be selling them at all.adric22 wrote:I'm not sure that Nissan can ever compete with these compliance cars. After all, Nissan is trying to sell the Leaf for a profit and compliance cars are most likely not profitable. In fact, I have to wonder to a certain extent what the purpose of a compliance car is. I mean, how does forcing a manufacturer to make a small number of compliance vehicles do anything? I doubt the are going to plow much R&D into electric cars as a result. And they'll never make or sell enough of them to really make much difference.
I call that "COMPLIANCE-PLUS(TM)". Tesla has made $63 million in one year selling credits, and they don't need to comply (they are not a VLM, nor do they need to sell oil burning cars in California). I don't think it will be as easy to dig up how much Nissan makes selling credits, but it's a butt load.