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Two Seat Version of the Leaf

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 9:51 am
by RegulusBlack
Nissan went to great pains to make a car that would seat 4-5 people and they did a great job. I appreciate the cargo space when the back seats are folded down but I never carry passengers in the back seats. I would like to have less accommodation for back seat passengers (or no back seat at all) and more accommodation for Li-ion battery space.

Thanks

Re: Two Seat Version of the Leaf

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:39 am
by mwalsh
I agree. It's rare for me to have a passenger. And almost unheard of to carry more than one person (maybe only a couple of times a year). Actually, I could probably get by with a single seat city car, truth be told.

Re: Two Seat Version of the Leaf

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:43 am
by TomT
Yep, I can count on two fingers the total number of times we have had more than two in the car.
mwalsh wrote:I agree. It's rare for me to have a passenger. And almost unheard of to carry more than one person (maybe only a couple of times a year). Actually, I could probably get by with a single seat city car, truth be told.

Re: Two Seat Version of the Leaf

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 11:05 am
by adric22
Unfortunately, history shows that 2-seat cars are always a niche market.

Re: Two Seat Version of the Leaf

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 11:13 am
by KillaWhat
This is the Company for you then!
Rear Seat-Delete

Very popular with the Electric Mini-Cooper crowd around here
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Re: Two Seat Version of the Leaf

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 1:06 pm
by RegulusBlack
I know that there are cars where the rear seats are not really functional. You'd have to cut your legs off at the knees to sit there. A design like that would qualify for lower insurance rates and make space for extra battery packs.

Hymotion added battery packs to the Gen II Prius. I'm sure they could be added to the Leaf.

Re: Two Seat Version of the Leaf

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 11:08 pm
by RonDawg
RegulusBlack wrote:I know that there are cars where the rear seats are not really functional. You'd have to cut your legs off at the knees to sit there. A design like that would qualify for lower insurance rates and make space for extra battery packs.
Ummm...the Porsche 911 (and many similar cars) has useless rear seats, and insurance on that car is most definitely not cheaper!

As mentioned before, 2 seaters tend to have a limited market base, though if EVs become real popular I can see Nissan making a two seat EV. However, with the postponement (if not outright cancellation) of the Infiniti LE, it may be some time before we see a 2 seat Nissan EV, if ever.

Re: Two Seat Version of the Leaf

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 11:15 pm
by RonDawg
KillaWhat wrote:This is the Company for you then!
Rear Seat-Delete

Very popular with the Electric Mini-Cooper crowd around here
http://rearseatdelete.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
I looked at that website and it seems to be catered to the performance crowd for weight savings reasons, though in the case of the Fiat 500 and Scion iQ it does increase both the volume and usability of the cargo area, at very little sacrifice of passenger comfort since the rear seats on these (especially the iQ) are useless to begin with.

It will be interesting to see if the Fiat kit will work on the 500e, since I don't know if the floor pan or other alterations were made to accommodate the batteries (such as on the Ford Focus Electric).

Re: Two Seat Version of the Leaf

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 11:52 pm
by cwerdna
adric22 wrote:Unfortunately, history shows that 2-seat cars are always a niche market.
Yep. Most of them are sports cars and if one looks at 2-seater sports cars sales, they are almost all tiny!

(Former owner of a 2-seater sports car.)

Re: Two Seat Version of the Leaf

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 6:24 am
by lion
That's why I pre-ordered a Lit Motors C-1 ;) Still offers 2 seats, supposed to get close to 200 mile range, self balancing etc. Hoping these guys can make it happen.

The Nissan LEAF would be way too big for just 2 people, they would have to resize it, so you might as well get a Smart ED, which doesn't seem to offer that much more range either.