Nissan Offering New Levels of Security for its EV Nissan announced recently that it will be offering a new battery replacement program for its all-electric Leaf model, providing a quote to customers of “approximately $100 per month.”
Nissan announced recently that it will be offering a new battery replacement program for its all-electric Leaf model, providing a quote to customers of “approximately $100 per month.” The new offer will act as an addition to the current Leaf battery warranty which covers the battery against defects for eight years or 100,000 miles, and capacity loss for five years or 60,000 miles.
According to Nissan, at any time (for example near the end of, or after warranty expiration) a Leaf owner can sign up for the battery replacement program, which will entitle them to a new battery pack immediately, with 12 full bars of capacity. At that point the customer would begin paying $100 per month.
“When they opt into the program, they will receive a new battery pack with the latest technology that is compatible with their vehicle,” says Nissan’s senior manager of corporate communications, Brian Brockman. “Then, Nissan provides assurance that the the replacement pack will maintain 9 bars or more capacity for the time that they own their car and make monthly payments. If their battery drops below 9 bars, we will repair the battery pack.”
Unfortunately, no information is currently available about what would happen if a customer were to stop paying the monthly fees, but an answer about further operating procedures is expected from Nissan later this year.
Nissan says that the idea of the monthly replacement program was devised based on polls around the world of their customers, asking what they would like to see from a battery replacement program. The automaker says that results showed most people were looking for guarantees that the batteries would maintain a certain capacity level, preferably above 70%.
When it comes down to it, what Nissan is offering is three levels of security, dealing with defect warranty, capacity warranty, and the replacement program for its new electric model. Although Nissan is not making the same bold claims about the Leaf only needing minor battery maintenance that it was originally, the automaker still insists that the new replacement program will deal with many of the concerns voiced by customers.