Nissan to attach telematics system on Leaf to monitor distance, consumption

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 3, 2011

Nissan will attach a monitoring system to the Leaf, the world's first mass produced electric vehicle. If you were thinking of buying one, you’re burdened with the knowledge that how your car behaves and how you drive it will determine how the next-generation vehicles will be treated.

Some say that Nissan is doing this because it wasn’t able to test the Leaf with real users before launching the mode. Nissan will use the Carwings telematics system (a subscription-based service linked to a global data center) to provide competitive rankings for energy use.

The system will do daily monitoring and figures related to distance traveled, electricity consumption and average miles per kilowatt-hour (kWh) will be reported daily, monthly and annually.

InsideLine said that with Carwings, you have access to information on what other Leaf drivers are up to and what they have done with their cars.

It could be seen as either a game or a race between Leaf drivers. The data will be gathered and the drivers will be ranked on the best score in miles per kWh.

Nissan hasn’t confirmed if there will be a prize for the winner; however, it did announce that the first 36 months of the Carwimgs subscription would be free of charge.

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