This reminds me of a case in Law, i.e., IBM vs Fed Gov: where IBM would not sell their machines to a customer; they would only lease them for an ongoing charge per month so they could maintain complete control of the machines. The courts ruled against IBM and required they also sell the machines; however, they never went far enough and left the control software an ongoing open question. In the case of Nissan, they and every car maker control their cars by not making their control software available in the Public Domain. This in effect requires that you must have only Nissan maintain your car and it precludes you servicing your own car. For that matter, no aftermarket company can service your battery because they are kept from doing so by Nissan keeping their code secret, specifically, the CANBUS code.
This question, in general has been answered in only one state, Massachusetts where the Law requires motor vehicle manufacturers to "allow vehicle owners and independent repair facilities in Massachusetts to have access to the same vehicle diagnostic and repair information made available to the manufacturers’ Massachusetts dealers and authorized repair facilities." -- View this message in context: http://electric-vehicle-discussion-list.413529.n4.nabble.com/Buying-new-leaf-batteries-tp4686795p4686805.html Sent from the Electric Vehicle Discussion List mailing list archive at Nabble.com. _______________________________________________ UNSUBSCRIBE: http://www.evdl.org/help/index.html#usub http://lists.evdl.org/listinfo.cgi/ev-evdl.org Read EVAngel's EV News at http://evdl.org/evln/ Please discuss EV drag racing at NEDRA (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NEDRA)