Nissan Leaf owners in the United States looking for an easier battery replacement option will soon have one, as the Japanese automaker recently announced plans for a new battery replacement program. It will work in tandem with Nissan’s standard battery warranty of five-year, 60,000 mile coverage against battery capacity loss (below approximately 70%) and 8 years/100,000 miles against defects.
Nissan’s decision to offer such a program comes in part from data suggesting preferences for a a monthly payment program as well and assurances that the battery will maintain its capacity at a certain level. What is planned for U.S. Leaf owners as a result is modeled after aspects of both competitor and Nissan Europe battery leasing programs. The majority of the EVs bought in Europe involve battery leasing separate from the vehicle.
Those who opt into the $100 per month program, according to Nissan, will enjoy
coverage similar to the terms of standard battery coverage under the Nissan New Electric Vehicle Limited Warranty and be assured to maintain at least 9 bars capacity, or approximately 70 percent and protection from defects in materials or workmanship for the time they own their LEAF and 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, much like the existing expanded battery capacity warranty.
More details of the battery replacement program will be made available later this year, and Nissan currently plans to launch it during the first half of next year for all Leaf vehicles.
“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.”