Thanks! Pls try and see if you can ask someone at the Leaf HQ for a definite pricing. If the price is low enough, it may be justifiable to bring one home as oversized checked baggage....
Your observation at Narita was interesting.... Do they look like these with wheels on them? There a po-chiku big and a little one.
https://www.r-expo.jp/wsew2016/exhiSear ... hp?id=1066
I believe they were the 1000 Wh version, judging by the orientation. I'm not sure now. This morning, I thought it was that and now, I'm not sure. But yes, whatever I saw was likely one of one of the two battery items or both.
I found https://www.aesc-lb-ec.com/
which I found by Googling for leaf to 100v aesc
. It says the price is 321,480 JPY or about $2820 USD. I also found http://www.aesc-lb-ec.com/user_data/Sub ... to100.php/
, but the whole thing is a huge image so the Google Translate web site can't help with that. From using the camera feature from the Google Translate app, there are definitely some references to 149,000 yen. I can't read Japanese at all...
I'm finished w/my 1st day of 2 at the show. I only went to east halls, so far (http://www.tokyo-motorshow.com/en/showguide/east13.html
). Will be hitting west hall tomorrow.
They had some test drive (I can't do that) and test ride events: http://www.tokyo-motorshow.com/en/event/testride.html
. Today was the last day of any test rides. The easiest way to attempt to reserve was via their goofy app that uses location to ensure you're at the venue. You can't reserve test rides until 2 hours before the ride itself but wow, the slots are so limited in # and people are so fast I had no luck in registering for a single 1 of the "Extreme Test-Ride Experience". By the time exactly struck the 2 hour mark, I might be able to click on a car but by the time I click 3 checkboxes (required) and agree, it says it already hit the max number. I did this numerous times today.
I "love" how their goofy app sends me push notifications in Japanese even though the app UI is rendering in English for me.
As before, the emphasis of all automakers at the show was pretty much ICEVs w/a small smattering of hybrids, PHEVs and EVs.
Was surprised to see a next gen e-Golf (has a full-color LCD for the gauge cluster instead of the physical dials in the previous/current gen). Surprised me that it had 2 charging inlets: J1772 in the nose under the VW logo (you push on the left side of the logo to open the charging flap) and another flap on the rear fender covering..... a CHAdeMO inlet! Hahahaha. I spoke w/the rep there for awhile, but he had to stop a bunch of times due to real potential customers wanting to talk to him.
He mentions that CHAdeMO stations in Japan are 30 km apart. But he said there are coverage issues in the countryside. I didn't have a chance to talk to him more about this. I asked about him public J1772 and it sounded like that doesn't exist in Japan. People charging on J1772 at home.
There was a bit of hyrdogen FCEV stuff but more from the supplier's POV (e.g. they make some components or units that go in FCEVs). I didn't have a chance to visit Toyota's booth to see if they were pushing hydrogen but didn't see that at Honda's booth. Perhaps there's another area for hydrogen stuff.
After leaving TMS, I realized it seemed like Nissan didn't have their whole Japanese vehicle lineup at the booth. I don't think I saw a FairladyZ (aka 370Z here) nor a Teana (close cousin of the Altima).
Not directly TMS related, but the day before I attended TMS, I was at Nissan Crossing in Ginza (https://www3.nissan.co.jp/crossing/en.html
). One of the marketing videos they had running was very similar to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daCVn3cZuD0
, probably a longer version. I liked the music. I did recall seeing something similar sometimes running at Nissan's booth.
There's an older more generalized version w/less focus on EVs at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOFSch5NuYY
Unrelated: It seems like many taxis in Japan are moving beyond the ancient looking Toyota Crowns and Crown Comforts that I referred to at http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.p ... 76#p269676
. Many seems to be much more modern looking Crowns now. I saw a Nissan Teana taxi instead of an ancient looking Cedric. I saw a Gen 2 Prius taxi (not real common as a taxi in Japan) exhibiting heavy spark knock.