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Nissan Leaf Owners To Get Battery-Replacement Option


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Just the Facts:
  • Starting next year, Nissan will set up a program for Nissan Leaf owners to exchange battery packs for $100 per month, the company said on Thursday.
  • Owners will be able to upgrade to the latest lithium-ion battery technology under the new program.
  • Nissan said it anticipates that the great majority of current Leaf owners will "never need this battery replacement option."

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Starting next year, Nissan will set up a program for Nissan Leaf owners to exchange battery packs for $100 per month, the company said on Thursday.

Owners will be able to upgrade to the latest lithium-ion battery technology under the new program. The program will start during the first half of 2014 and all Nissan Leafs will be eligible.

Nissan said it anticipates that the great majority of current Leaf owners will "never need this battery replacement option," but that the program is designed to deliver "peace of mind."

"Technology is evolving and battery prices are projected to decline as EVs become increasingly mainstream," said Erik Gottfried, Nissan's director of electric vehicle sales and marketing, in a statement. "Therefore, this new battery program today affords more flexibility for the future so that customers can both upgrade to the latest available technology for their Leaf and enjoy more predictable vehicle operating costs."

Nissan said the program will work in tandem with the Nissan standard battery warranty for Leaf. The warranty includes five-year, 60-mile coverage against battery capacity loss below approximately 70 percent and an eight-year, 100,000-mile coverage against defects.

This is just the latest salvo in the ongoing electric-car war in the U.S.

Honda recently dropped the lease price on the electric Fit and Tesla is in a major building project to expand a network of Supercharger devices across the U.S.

Edmunds says: It will be interesting to watch how other EV makers respond to this latest tactic from Nissan.

Comments

  • se_riously se_riously Posts:

    "Nissan will set up a program for Nissan Leaf owners to exchange battery packs for $100 per month." OK. So how many months would one have to be enrolled in this program?

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