Nissan has announced plans to offer a battery replacement program for US LEAF buyers who wish to replace their original lithium-ion battery pack.
LEAF batteries are already protected by a warranty that covers battery capacity loss (below 70%) for five years or 60,000 miles, and manufacturing defects for eight years or 100,000 miles. The new battery replacement program, which will cost about $100 per month, covers the battery for as long as a buyer remains in the program.
Erik Gottfried, Nissan’s director of Electric Vehicle Sales and Marketing, said, “Nissan anticipates that the great majority of our current LEAF drivers will never need this battery replacement option. However, this program is yet another example of Nissan’s commitment to deliver peace of mind for our continually growing community of LEAF drivers.”
All LEAF batteries installed under this program will have coverage similar to the terms of standard battery coverage and be assured to maintain at least 9 bars capacity, or approximately 70%, and protection from defects for the time they remain in the battery program. If necessary, Nissan will replace the battery with a new or remanufactured battery to restore capacity at or above a minimum of 9 bars.
“Technology is evolving and battery prices are projected to decline as EVs become increasingly mainstream,” said Gottfried. “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 will announce additional details of the battery replacement program later this year, including other global markets.
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