Nissan has announced plans to offer battery replacements to US LEAF customer who want to replace their original lithium-ion battery pack. The program will begin int he first half of 2014, and will work in tandem with the standard battery warranty for the Leaf which includes a 5 year, 60,000 mile coverage against battery capacity loss below 70% and 8 year, 100,000 mile coverage against defects.
According to Erik Gottfried, Nissan’s director of Electric Vehicle Sales and Marketing, “Nissan anticipates that the great majority of our current Nissan 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 Nissan Leaf drivers.”
The battery replacement program will cost approximately $100 per month, and all Nissan Leaf vehicles will be eligible. All LEAF batteries installed under the replacement program will have the same protection against capacity loss below 70%, but instead of a 5 year, 60,000 mile limit, the replacement packs will be warranted for the life of their electric vehicle.
Some Leaf owners had expected Nissan to outline battery replacement costs by putting a fixed number on a replacement pack. Nissan, however, says it has no intention of selling battery packs to individual consumers.