Agreed. The leaf is just too range challenged. (Claims 100miles, owners say half of that)
Add to that, the leaf has little in the way of creature comforts or high tech gadgetry.
Its safety rating is Good, (code word for mediocre)
Its a pretty bare bones car, sold at a loss.
Its performance is abysmal
That much is fairly obvious just looking at the specs.
I suspect Nissan is busy trying to figure out which of those features is important to the Tesla owner, but I rather
suspect the answer will be All of the above.
You need to drive one before spewing this type of BS, people like you are the biggest reasons electric cars are misunderstood. I'll leave politics out of this conversation, and respond with FACTS.
I hit 55 miles when it's -20F, I don't know who you are talking to, but you really need to do your research. I can get 80-90 miles without any effort (meaning normal accelerating, AC, etc), and that's in a hilly area with a 55 MPH speed limit in many sections. When doing 70 MPH highway driving, I get about 60-70 miles. Go check the mynissanleaf.com forums, most folks get similar results. Your 100 mile claim is also bullshit, unless you are confusing MPGe with miles.
Nissan's own website states 84 mile range. Personally, I do at least 40 miles every day, even when it's -20F or dealing with lake effect snow, and have 0 range anxiety issues. Considering most people don't even do 40 miles a day
My LEAF (no mods) has 4 cameras (guessing that's 3 more than yours), giving me a bird's-eye view of my car, heating steering wheel, heated front AND rear seats, LED headlights, LED tail lights, smartphone control, Bose audio system with subwoofer, ability to speak items from any RSS feed I specify (bet your car doesn't do that!), high-quality 7" LCD touch screen with support for sending Google routes to the nav unit, and so much more, I know I'm forgetting a lot. This is on top of standard features such as voice recognition, bluetooth, sat. radio, HD radio, leather, etc. I guess you grew up with BMW or Mercedes, because that's the opposite of 'little' creature comforts/tech gadgets.
The BASE model is bare bones yes, but isn't every car? That said, the base model is $21k after incentives (and even the base model has a heated steering wheel/seats!).
Based on your performance 'review', I can tell you've never driven an electric car. Up to 30 MPH, this car will beat most other cars off the line since an electric motor delivers all power @ 0 RPM. The LEAF is a BLAST to drive because of this. Yes, it won't accelerate like crazy when doing 70 MPH and trying to pass a car, but many cars have trouble with this as well unless you paid for a premium engine. Ride quality is awesome, thanks to the very low center-of-gravity and very quiet cabin (they even had to redesign the wiper motor just because the car is so damn quiet).
I have hosted electric car shows (and even showed off the car at classic car shows), and every single person who actually spent a few minutes to ask about the car was really surprised at how cool these cars are, and this includes shows where the LEAF was sitting right next to several Tesla Model S vehicles.
Is it a perfect car? No, FAR FROM, but FFS, stop the spreading of misinformation already and go drive an electric car!