NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The Nissan (NSANY) LEAF is the world's best-selling electric car, by far. As of April 2014, more than 110,000 had been sold. It is also a prime example of how a company listened to its customers and fixed a variety of issues from when the car was first made available, in this case in 2010.
When the Nissan LEAF came out in 2010, it was the market's first really usable mass-market pure electric car. However, it had a variety of shortcomings:
- It was ugly.
- It had ugly wheels.
- It had ugly gray cloth seats.
- It lacked a state-of-charge meter for the battery.
- It had limited settings for locking/unlocking the charge port.
- The battery was sensitive to extreme climates.
- It had an inefficient heater.
- A premium wheel is now offered, with upgraded tires. Looks good!
- Black leather seats. They look good!
- Battery's state-of-charge is now prominently shown.
- You can set charge port lock/unlock preferences almost any way you want.
- Battery less sensitive to extreme climates.
- Heater no longer reduces range as much.
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