Nissan has announced its Leaf battery replacement program for U.S. owners, which will launch during the first half of 2014.
The program will work in tandem with the Japanese automaker’s standard battery warranty for the Leaf which is a five year, 60,000-mile coverage against battery capacity loss and eight years, 100,000 miles against defects. Despite expecting the majority of Leaf owners to never have to replace their batteries, Nissan conducted a global survey which revealed Leaf owners preferred a monthly payment program and wanted assurances that the battery will maintain its capacity at a certain level.
All batteries installed under the new program will enjoy coverage similar to the standard battery coverage offered under the Nissan New Electric Vehicle Limited Warranty and is assured to maintain at least nine bars of capacity, or approximately 70 percent. Owners will also receive protection from defects in materials or workmanship for the time owners remain in the battery program.
The Nissan Leaf battery replacement program will cost approximately $100 per month and will launch in the first half of next year and will be administered by Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation.
“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. “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.”
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