12:42 PM EDT, August 31, 2011
The Nissan Leaf launched with an iPhone mobile application that allowed users to check the battery’s charge level, start and stop charging, and heat or cool the cabin, among other features.
Now, Nissan says those features are now available for Android and Blackberry users.
The app is available to any Nissan Leaf owner, CarWings subscriber (a service provider that helps remotely charge your EV), and to the general public interested in knowing more about the Leaf.
Cars.com senior editor Joe Wiesenfelder uses the iPhone app regularly and finds it useful with pre-conditioning the cabin. Also, unlike the Chevy Volt mobile app, the Leaf app can be downloaded onto multiple smartphones to control the same car; the Volt app can only be used on one phone.
We downloaded the Leaf app on a BlackBerry Torch — overall the interface design looks the same as the iPhone — but we’ll have to live with it longer to see whether the functionality is the same on the BlackBerry.
-Colin Bird, Cars.com